Friday, March 5, 2010

Last Night's Commute

This is what happened on my way home from work last night. First of all, let me say that I am fine and was never really in danger.

I take the train from my office to the Pentagon and then catch a bus the rest of the way home. The entrance to the Metro station is at the top of a slope, then you can walk straight out to the upper level bus bays or go down to the lower level ones. My bus is on the lower level.

I was waiting for the bus that is supposed to come at 6:24 p.m., but which never does. It was about 6:30 when I see the bus pull up at the upper level to let passengers off. Then it is supposed to loop around to the lower level and pick us up. Well, it sits up there for a long time and I assume the driver has gotten off to go to the bathroom.

At about 6:35, I turn back around to wait for the bus. Shortly thereafter, I hear a noise and just have enough time to think to myself "That sounded like gunfire." when police cars start coming from everywhere. It takes a couple of more minutes before Metro employees start herding people down to the far end of the bus bays. About that time, our bus pulls up, we get on and leave. As we are pulling out, we are passed by an ambulance and fire truck.

When we are about halfway through the route and well away from the Pentagon, the driver gets a call that they have closed the station and that the bus cannot return at the end of the route. As of now, the Metro station and the bus bays are still closed, so I am not sure how I am getting home this evening. Hopefully they will reopen later today.

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