* The WashTimes has a getting-ready-for-the-baseball-crowds
piece, surveying what Metro and DDOT are planning, and also talking about the Transportation and Residential Curbside Management Plan
(formerly the TOPP) that I've been writing about extensively
. (Read it already, would you?) Metro is planning 14 extra trains for Opening Night, and will be presenting its plan for handling ballpark traffic to its board on March 13. Central to this piece--and to many conversations I've had with city and team officials--is that residents and fans need to know that The Powers That Be will be watching Opening Day very closely (DDOT plans to be watching from the air) to see what works and what doesn't, and will be tweaking the initial plans as necessary. In fact, there's probably going to be an entire season's worth of responding to initial problems, not only in terms of getting to the ballpark but at the stadium as well. Patience is counseled, though of course that's never been a strong suit in this city. And it's worth a reminder that there's a public meeting
on the transportation plan
on March 12 from 6 to 8:30 pm at 20 M St., SE.
* Commenters yesterday
were quick with the news about the gas leak that closed
the Navy Yard and Waterfront Metro stations yesterday afternoon, thanks to construction workers at Half and M hitting a gas main. Considering all the work that is being done in the area (not just on new buildings but with a lot of digging in the streets lately), it's kind of surprising that something like this hasn't happened sooner.