Amtrak riders scramble to make it home
WASHINGTON (WJLA) - At Union Station, the rush began early to get out of town and make it home before the snow starts.
"I am going back to New York -- we've already had 38 inches and we're getting more," added Barbara Levine. "I want to get home before I have to slosh through."
Service on the busy Northeast Corridor was not affected, but Amtrak on Wednesday cancelled all 12 of its trains that travel long-distance between New York and Miami.
"That change was made out of caution for our passengers, crews, and equipment," explained Amtrak spokeswoman Cristina Leeds.
Metro has loaded up salt, sand, and snow plows, but no matter how prepared the transit system is, there are bound to be issues for the trains when inches of snow pile up.
Alegra Woodard depends on Metro, as she uses it daily to get back from her home in Dumfries to work in downtown D.C. and back:
"We've had problems before and it's been solved -- I'm pretty sure it won't be worse than anything we've had before."
The storm could have a big impact on Metrobus service too. It has already cancelled service after 1 a.m. Wednesday night, and MetroAccess for the disabled will not be in service all day Thursday.
Depending on how much snow the area gets, regular Metrobus service could be cut back dramatically.