PHOTOS: What a Day Without Metro Looks Like

Hundreds of thousands of commuters, visitors and D.C. residents had to make alternate plans Wednesday during an unprecedented, unscheduled 29-hour shutdown of the entire Metrorail system. Here's what that looks like.

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Commuters stream into the city on 12th Street NW during Wednesday morning's rush, after Metro's General Manager Paul Wiedefeld made the decision to close Metrorail for 29 hours for a safety inspection after a recent fire. Metro riders makes about 725,000 trips per day in the D.C. metro area. (Photo by Pete Marovich/Getty Images)
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With the Metro shut down, commuters had to figure how the best way to adapt. (Photo by Pete Marovich/Getty Images)
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Metro's General manager Paul Wiedefeld made the decision to close the entire Metrorail for 29 hours for a safety inspection after a recent fire. (Photo by Pete Marovich/Getty Images)
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Maureen Krebs, @mdooleypao
"What happens when #MetroShutdown during work week in city already with worst traffic in USA?! Fail @wmata," tweeted @mdooleypao.
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Maria Yliquin (@MMMaryluna)
"Twinbook Metro Station looks like this around 6:45 a.m.," @MMMaryluna tweeted.
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@MeredithRoyster
"Spotted in my apartment building elevator," Meredith Royster tells us.
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Many commuters used Metrobus, the DC Circulator or other regional buses. (Photo by Pete Marovich/Getty Images)
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On a normal day, Metro riders take about 725,000 trips per day in the D.C. Metro area. Not on Wednesday, though. (Photo by Pete Marovich/Getty Images)
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Taxis and drivers for ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft took to the streets. (Photo by Pete Marovich/Getty Images)
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Commuters wait for a bus in downtown D.C. (Photo by Pete Marovich/Getty Images)
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Maria Yliquin (@MMMaryluna)
"Rockville Metro station [at] 7 am is closed but beautiful outside!!" @MMMaryluna tweeted.
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@cmartinez400
"Honestly #noMetro Wednesday not much worse than regular Wednesday," tweeted Carlos Martinez (@cmartinez400) about traffic on Interstate 395.
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Bike commuters cruised to work. (Photo by Pete Marovich/Getty Images)
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Some riders had to figure out how to use local bus systems Wednesday morning. (Photo by Pete Marovich/Getty Images)
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Merrill Williams (@merrillwilliams)
"Right now: Mass. Ave. near DuPont. Much faster than usual. People staying home?" @merrillwilliams wondered around 7:20 a.m.
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@MoletteGreen, News4
"Gate down at #McPherson Sq Station," News4's Molette Green (@MoletteGreen) tweeted.
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DDOT crews navigate rush hour traffic.
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@MoletteGreen, News4
Plenty of people were commuting by bus Wednesday.
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@CaseyNBC
Canal Road was jammed approaching Arizona Avenue NW on Wednesday morning.
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