Metro expects huge crowds Wednesday

There's a whole lot going on around Washington on Wednesday, and that means Metro will likely be more crowded than usual.

WMATA is advising customers to expect larger than average crowds on trains during the afternoon and evening because of several major events that are overlapping.

Those events include:

  • A major immigration rally near the U.S. Capitol, which 30,000 people are expected to attend between 3 and 6 p.m.
  • A Washington Nationals game at Nationals Park, which begins at 7 p.m.
  • A Washington Wizards game at Verizon Center, which begins at 7 p.m.
  • An influx of Cherry Blossom visitors to the National Mall

Heavier than average crowds are especially expected at Stadium-Armory, Capitol South, Eastern Market, Federal Center SW, Navy Yard, L'Enfant Plaza, Gallery Place and Smithsonian stations.

This is all in addition to, of course, the normal afternoon weekday rush hour. To accommodate the expected increase in ridership, Metro will run additional eight-car trains during the afternoon rush. More Green Line trains will also run between Mount Vernon Square and Anacostia.