Commuters in the D.C. region will likely face long wait times today, on the first day that everyone in the region goes back and to work and school after the holiday weekend.
There will be 5,600 school buses on the road today, as classes have begun at all of the schools in the D.C. area. That's just one reason AAA Mid-Atlantic calls the day after Labor Day "terrible traffic Tuesday."
Summer is over, and everyone is back to work. Congress is back in session, which means more staffers and more officials visitors in and around Capitol Hill. Because nearly one-third of all Washington commuters use some sort of public transportation, that means Metrorail, buses, and even trains may be more crowded than usual today.
Rain and flooding aren't helping matters this morning; a flood from heavy rains overnight has forced the closure of one of the ramps to the Southeast/Southwest Freeway in D.C. Things aren't likely to clear up on that front anytime soon; a flash flood warning for the area issued yesterday will stay in effect until 6 p.m. Wednesday.
In addition to traffic moving into the District from the suburbs, some other routes will likely be tied up as well. The closure of Walter Reed Army Medical Center in D.C. means more traffic heading to Bethesda Naval Medical Center in Maryland and Fort Belvior in Virginia.