Exodus of inaugural watchers jams DC subway stops

January 21, 2013 • National News

Crowds fill the National Mall to watch the ceremonial swearing-in of President Barack Obama at the U.S. Capitol during the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Crowded subway stations and a disabled train caused major headaches Monday for thousands of rail riders trying to get home from President Barack Obama’s second inauguration.

Despite handling fewer passengers than in 2009, the District of Columbia’s mass transit system decided to temporarily close four stations near the National Mall because of crowding. The problem was exacerbated by a disabled train in northern Virginia that caused extensive delays for passengers trying to get out of city.

Lines around stations snaked for blocks in some cases, as stranded and frustrated passengers congregated outside entrances.

“People were trying to enter the station faster than trains were taking them out,” Metro spokesman Dan Stessel said.

The four stations — Federal Center SW, Metro Center, Foggy Bottom and L’Enfant Plaza — closed and reopened during the course of Monday Login to read more

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