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Federal workers return, traffic back to normal after shutdown

11:32 AM, Oct 17, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- With things getting back to normal around D.C. after the 16-day shutdown that meant a pick-up in traffic. Metro and Virginia Railway Express officials say ridership appears to be back to normal. Metrorail saw a 20 percent drop in ridership during the shutdown, says a spokesperson. VRE said ridership was down nearly 30 percent during the shutdown.

Eight hundred thousand furloughed federal workers headed back to work on Thursday.

"My employees are eager to get back to work and do what they signed up to do," said one man outside a Metro station on Thursday.

Even those employees who continued working are happy to see their colleagues back.

Standard and Poor estimates $24 billion were lost during the 16-day stalemate. Some say the shutdown not only hit people in the pocket, it was a blow to U.S. perception and productivity.  But the fix is just a temporary one. The deal funds the government only until mid-January.

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