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Pedestrians Not Ready For "Scramble"

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By Stephanie Kaye

Downtown D.C. will be trying out its first "pedestrian scramble" crosswalk this morning. The new walking pattern is meant to make navigating streets and traffic quicker and safer - though many passers-by say the new system is news to them.

Lauren DeWolf is on her way to work, crossing the busy intersection at 7th and H Streets northwest as she does every morning.

"I think it's great; I guess it sounds a lot easier because usually you have to wait a minute or two to get across the street," she says. "Sounds efficient - works for me."

Though she says the pedestrian scramble will be helpful, she and about twenty other people I've talked to this morning didn't know it was going to go into effect at 10 a.m. And with the amount of traffic that passes by right here at the Metro station, it remains to be seen how D.C.'s Department of Transportation will manage the new system.

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