Originally Posted by otc
If the work all of those federal offices are doing is so dang important...why can't they manage to get suitable infrastructure/transportation in their own damn back yard?
Because the feds won't spend money on it and the localities can't afford it, mostly.
But the nations capital gets a big snow storm and shuts down? I mean, DC gets a decent amount of snow every year. It may be 1/3 of what Chicago gets, but they still average over a foot every year. I'll give them quitting early the day of the storm and shutting down the next day (even Chicago does that sometimes)...but it's now Tuesday and its not even cold outside.
edit: and FWIW, my friend's parents and brother in the DC area are both at their private sector jobs despite taking ubers since they can't get their cars out. And my DC area clients all seem to be responding to emails...seems to be just government agencies that can't be bothered to work.
The feds are the single biggest employer in the area, so whether they come in or not has a huge effect on traffic. It can be an issue of public responsibility, keep that 15% of cars off the road so you don't wreck traffic for the whole region when conditions are marginal.
Also, a lot of feds telework, so they're still doing stuff from home anyway.