WASHINGTON (CNN) – All of the parking lots near the Washington area's Metro stations are filled to capacity as of 9 am, according to Metro spokesperson Cathy Asato.
The first ones started to fill by 6 am; now they are all are full to capacity. Trains are mostly filling up at the ends of the lines, with most of the crowds exiting around the Mall. Any stops with access to the Mall and Capitol area are very busy.
One problem: People are holding doors for friends to get in, causing technical problems. “We've had a few trains go out because of door problems,” she told CNN.
As of 8 am, over 318,000 people had boarded Metro trains; during a normal weekday morning rush hour commute, there are approximately 240,000 passengers. There have been no reported injuries.