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Arlington Spared From the Worst of the Soggy Commute

by ARLnow.com August 18, 2010 at 10:04 am 1,004 15 Comments

The drive around Arlington wasn’t terrible during this morning’s deluge — nothing like the dozen drivers who had to be rescued due to rising water in the District.

There were patches of bad traffic, though.

The ART 41 route was delayed due to slow traffic on Glebe Road.

Currently, as the rain has returned for a brief reprise, I-66 westbound is very slow through Arlington. At 10:00 the Key Bridge remains backed up, along with traffic in Rosslyn.

And in sad news for hungry office workers, the District Taco cart is sitting today out because of the rain.

How was your commute this morning?

  • Jenn

    Once I passed some police activity at the courthouse/rt 50 area, I pretty much breezed right into DC. Not nearly the nightmare I thought it was going to be initially.

  • Katie

    Took the 16Y. It was only a few minutes late arriving–but there was some traffic on 50.

    Of note, however–at the bus stop in front of Rite Aid–Columbia Pike and Walter Reed–we now have homeless people congregating there. This morning, no one could escape from the rain because a woman (who I’ve seen recently in the small park in front of the Rite Aid) was sleeping on the covered bench.

    Last week, I witnessed a rousy discussion on methadone withdrawal.

    • CadeTyler

      Heaven forbid that homeless people would want to shelter from the rain too!

      Also, I can’t imagine a sedate conversation about methadone withdrawal!

      • Rachel

        They should look for shelter from the rain in businesses that are giving out job applications.

        • CadeTyler

          That statement doesn’t even begin to make sense. Could you clarify your argument, please?

          • Donna

            Rachel is saying that all homeless people should be actively seeking gainful employment instead of sitting on benches that are reserved for the working class folk’s precious asses.

          • CadeTyler

            Surely middle class?
            Wasn’t the lady sleeping anyway, maybe it was her day off?

      • Neighbor

        As a faithful 16Y-er, I think the annoyance is due to the homeless person sleeping on the ENTIRE bench while the commuters (arguably the purchasers/owners of the bench) have to wait in the rain. Sharing the bench is free. I think it’s safe to say that nobody likes going to work, let alone having to deal with druggies and panhandlers when they’re waiting to go to work.

      • Neighbor

        As a faithful 16Y-er, I think the annoyance is due to the homeless person sleeping on the ENTIRE bench while the commuters (arguably the purchasers/owners of the bench) have to wait in the rain. I think it’s safe to say that nobody likes going to work, let alone having to deal with druggies and panhandlers when they’re waiting to go to work.

        • CadeTyler

          OMG. 16Y reunion up in this thing!
          Let’s see if we can’t spot each other on the way home tonight. I’ll bring cakes. We can pelt the leftovers at homeless people.

          • Neighbor

            Given the traffic out of DC and my hearty appetite in the evenings, there will be no leftover cake.

  • Rosslyn Resident

    I hate it when Rock Creek Parkway shuts down. We always get drivers who don’t know where they are going in Rosslyn, and my commute from my house to 66 becomes a major nightmare (when I don’t realize the potential issue in time). Lynn Street was a parking lot. Ugh.

    • Rick

      I didn’t know Rock Creek Parkway extended into Arlington. Can you explain how this shutdown makes people go into Rosslyn?

      • Ballstonian

        Because then some drivers unknowingly take the ramp that leads to the Roosevelt Bridge — and into Rosslyn.

  • Courthouse Resident

    Via OLT and FFX 425 from Courthouse to Tysons was 1h 20m. Mostly thanks to the ridiculously poor spacing of OLT trains. @ 8:40 there was a 13m wait for a Vienna bound train. The next train after that was only another 4m wait. Caused me to miss a possible bus at WFC and ultimately adding 30m to what is normally a 50m commute.

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