Traffic, rain and Metro shutdowns create a perfect storm for commuters

Lori Aratani Reporter focusing on transportation issues, including airports, airlines, and the nation's railroad and subway systems November 9 at 10:08 PM Rain, a holiday weekend, and the closing of two key Metro stations combined going to and from Reagan National Airport. Frustrated and impatient, commuters and travelers <br> <br> <br> <br> <br> <br> <br> <br> <br> <br> <br> <br> <br> Metro stations Crystal City and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport stations for what various Twitter posts called chaos, absolute chaos, gridlock and "a total mess." intended to bridge the gap between the Blue and Yellow lines due to planned shutdowns for repairs. But rain and heavier than usual traffic disrupted the plan, delaying the buses, creating long waits for them, clogging roads and reportedly causing taxi passengers to get out and walk. "The airport is teeming with stranded passengers," one wrote a Twitter user. "Roads are at a standstill" while passengers are running from Crystal City to the airport to catch flights. Metro said a mix of traffic and weather hampered shuttle bus operations. "We apologize," it said.