Evening Commute Could Be a Nightmare Through Southeast DC on Thursday

WASHINGTON — There are three major events taking place within a few blocks of each other in Southeast D.C. on Thursday that could cause a lot of headaches on the commute home.

The first is the grand opening of The Wharf. That alone is expected to bring in nearly 20,000 visitors and some people who live in the area are already concerned there won’t be enough buses to accommodate everyone.

“It’s going to be a great couple of days and really, we’re concerned about is what comes after,” said Councilman Charles Allen, D-Ward 6. “Basically you should be able to count on the bus arriving every 10-15 minutes tops. 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 Nats 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. 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.

You can see a map of the area affected below.

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