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Returning to work: Good idea?

Roads are crowded, Metro trains are overflowing and slow, and now with a train derailment at Farragut North, the commuting problems might have many wondering why they're back at work. What do you think?

By Jodi Westrick  |  February 12, 2010; 12:46 PM ET  | Category:  Local Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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The problem is not with OPM, its with the WMATA and Metro - but to be fair they are saddled with a legacy transit system that was not designed to work "all the time". However, in this day-and-age, its a travesty that the Metro system cannot be run efficiently and effectively.

Posted by: joeshred | February 12, 2010 1:14 PM

How can we find out if METRO and the Council of Governments told OPM they were ready; or, did OPM go off on it's own?

Posted by: linda_521 | February 12, 2010 1:16 PM

Metro has been a disater all week and bringing federal workers back into the mix today just heightened the problems. I boarded the red line at Bethesda this morning after waiting 20 minutes for a train and then cars were already packed like sardines. The crowding problem escalated as we went from station to station coming into downtown. Moreover, the ride itself took a good 35 to 40 minutes - far longer than normal. Sadly this once great transit system seems inacapable anymore of handling any major stress, such as bad weather, enormous crowds, or the like. It is unlikely OPM took any of that into account.

Posted by: CardsFan | February 12, 2010 1:48 PM

I wonder if OPM or anyone pressured Metro to open outdoor stations before they were ready. I hear the number $450 million being put out as "lost productivity" due to the shutdown. I wonder how much maintenance Metro could have done with 450 million?

Posted by: posttoastie1 | February 12, 2010 2:18 PM

OPM could have prevented overloading WMATA. WMATA announced last night that there would be limited service and several station closures due to the weather. It's wrong to force people to use vacation when the metro isn't functioning. Telecommuting should have been mandated, especially for those who lived near the metro stations that were closed.

Posted by: julula2003 | February 12, 2010 2:29 PM

Every time there's an issue like this it always seems to be the Red Line. The Metro is in need of a major overhaul.

Posted by: jderekwilliams | February 12, 2010 2:57 PM

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