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At an impromptu press meeting on Tuesday evening, Mayor Muriel Bowser said she was “shocked” by Metro’s closure on Wednesday. She explained that D.C. would treat the shutdown as “a homeland security event” like a blizzard or hurricane. Bowser said she was not involved in the decision, but that she didn’t feel “kept out of the loop.” Asked if she would have approached the situation differently, Bowser said she didn’t have the information to say one way or the other, adding that she will ask Metro what other options it had.

“We want to open school, and it is important to us to have the kids have instruction, so a problem on Metro shouldn’t lead to kids not having instruction,” the mayor said . “Our focus is going to be on how do we get, if we can, additional bus capacity on the high-ridership routes, and we know where they are.”

Bowser also mentioned that DDOT would deploy traffic-control officers to help manage drivers tomorrow.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery