The Bishop of Rome will descend on Washington D.C. tomorrow, flanked by buses from every Catholic school in Maryland and hordes of the pious, and John Boehner isn’t the only one wringing his hands.
For weeks, D.C. residents have been warned of the impending chaos that will be caused by the road closures, the Metro traffic and the cancelled or rerouted Metrobuses, forcing commuters into a crucible of traffic hell. Indeed, Pope Francis doesn’t arrive until tomorrow and already commuters are reporting longer than usual travel times.
For those of us who live or work in the areas forecast to be the most affected by this unholy mess (Brookland, Capitol Hill, White House, Naval Observatory), The Washington Post’s Dr. Gridlock has been pulling out the guides and tips for traveling in and around the District, Tuesday through Thursday.
In preparation for the coming Popepocalypse, Dr. Gridlock has bequeathed unto us “Tips for getting around when Pope Francis visits D.C.”, “Here’s a list of road closures, parking restrictions and more for Pope Francis’s visit”, “For D.C. traffic, how will pope’s visit compare with inaugurations?”, and “If you’re here to see Pope Francis, read this”. These articles contain solid advice for anyone traveling in the District over the next few days, including this gem:
“Plan your travels as though the World Bank meetings in Foggy Bottom, the Nuclear Security Summit at Mount Vernon Square, the National Christmas Tree lighting on the Ellipse and the Concert for Valor on the Mall were happening within hours of each other.”
The Washington Post’s Dr. Gridlock: not the hero we deserve, but the hero we need.