Federal workers back to work after 16-day shutdown

Published: Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 11:28 AM.

"I didn't go places where I could look and be tempted to buy," said Albert, of Oxon Hill, Md.

Returning workers' presence was felt on the roads and rails in the Washington region, where commutes had been less crowded over the past two weeks. The regional transit agency, Metro, reported a 20 percent drop in ridership when the shutdown began and has said it lost a few hundred thousand dollars each day.

Osman Naimyar, a taxi cab driver in Washington, said his business dropped by 15 to 20 percent during the shutdown, and he was pleased to see it end.

"More business. More money," he said.

At the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Md., email servers were slowly grinding back into gear.

Fire protection engineer Dan Madrzykowski had been in the office for about half an hour, and about 800 emails had popped into his inbox, but that covered only back to Oct. 13. The mailbox was still slowly spitting out what were likely thousands more emails that had accumulated since the shutdown began.

Still, Madrzykowski said he was pleased to be back at work. "Nothing good was coming from keeping the government closed," he said.



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