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At about 4:30 pm I made my way over to the U Street Metrorail station. Along the way we passed by Ben’s Chili Bowl. At first glance it didn’t seem much more crowded than any other day… until we noticed that the queue was reaching around the building & down the adjacent alley. That place is certainly tasty, though. The Metro station was, fortunately, a bit more accommodating. My friend and I parted ways, and thanks to three-minute headways: it wasn’t long until I was on a Green Line train headed northbound.
My final destination was Union Station, located along the Red Line, but I had little desire to transfer in Chinatown. I knew that place would be a mess, even if the guards were metering traffic into the station. So after squeezing myself onto the Green Line train, I transferred onto an almost empty Red Line train at Fort Totten and rode it around to Union Station. I’d say this was a pretty good move.