There was a fabulous anarchic feel around the Morgan Boulevard Metro station on Sunday. Fans going to FedExField for the Redskins/Saints game were met by a horde of vans and drivers shouting for their business as they came off the train.
This was the first regular season game since the team stopped providing shuttle service from the train stops to the stadium. New federal rules went into effect last spring restricting the use of public buses when private companies can provide the same service.
Redskins owner Dan Snyder, who has been using Metro buses all these years, opted not to bring in a private company, as the Washington Nationals use to transport fans from RFK lots to Nationals Park.
Snyder instead raised the parking rate at his cash lots by $5, to $40.
The private vans that I saw were all screaming offers of $5 per ride, but that seemed like an opening bid, and very negotiable given the amount of competition.
I asked a driver how long the ride was, and she said her GPS rated it at 1.4 miles, but they were not allowed to drive all the way up to the stadium gates. In the ridiculous heat and humidity, the vans were doing bang-up business.