WASHINGTON — There are three major events taking place within a few blocks of each other in D.C. on Thursday that could cause a lot of headaches on the commute home.
“All signs point to Thursday evening being a really bad commute in the District of Columbia,” said WTOP Traffic Reporter Dave Dildine.
The first is the grand opening of The Wharf.
“We’ve been gearing up for a bad traffic day with the grand opening for months,” Dildine said. “But now with Game 5 coinciding, we’re likely to go from bad to worse.”
“Basically you should be able to count on the bus arriving every 10-15 minutes tops,” said Councilman Charles Allen, D-Ward 6. “And right now, you’re waiting about 30 minutes.”
One of the centerpieces of The Wharf is a new concert venue, The Anthem, which will be playing host to a sold-out concert for the Foo Fighters on Thursday. Doors open for the concert at 6:30 p.m.
Just a little more than a mile away from The Wharf, the Nationals will be taking on the Cubs in a winner-take-all Game 5 of the National League Division Series.
First pitch isn’t until 8:08 p.m., meaning the game could end after Metro shuts down for the night.
“Ride-sharing apps will need to go into overdrive to compensate for Metro’s hours,” Dildine said. “It’s not the worst-case scenario, but it’s pretty close.”
Even though the game might end late, the gates open at 6 p.m. and a lot of people are expected to flock to the ballpark to see if the Nationals can finally get past the first round of the playoffs.
“Had the game been scheduled a few hours earlier, there would be little recourse for the average commuter,” Dildine said. “Since it’s not until after 8 p.m., the sooner you can head outbound and home-bound, the better.”
You can see a map of the area affected below.