D.C. Storm Recovery: Commute On Roads, Public Transit To Be Sluggish On Monday

D.C. Derecho Storm

WASHINGTON -- With power outages remaining throughout the D.C. area, commuters are facing a miserable trek to work on Monday, the first work day after Friday night's fierce deracho storm that plunged more than 1 million local homes and businesses into darkness.

While drivers are likely to experience headaches on the roads -- primarily from non-functioning traffic signals -- those using public transit won't be immune from the aftermath of Friday's storm.

Metro reported Sunday night that two dozen Metrobus routes were operating on detour routes because of downed power lines, trees and other storm damage on roadways. And that means that there'll be delays on those routes.

Metrorail, too, could experience delays because of continuing power supply issues. There's enough electricity to supply enough third-rail power, Metro reports, but speed restrictions could be imposed if there are more losses in commercial power.

Several rail stations are operating on backup power systems and emergency lighting, so some escalators, platform displays and other systems could be offline.

Metro is urging commuters to build in additional time to their trips on Monday.

Adding to the misery, Metro's new higher fares went into effect Sunday, meaning that commuters will be paying more for rail and bus rides.

The Office of Personnel Management announced that the federal government will be open on Monday, though non-emergency essential workers will be able to use unscheduled leave or telecommute, according to The Federal Times.

WTOP-FM has detailed listings of what's open and what's closed.