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Are you ready for terrible traffic?

Tuesday - 9/6/2011, 7:32am  ET

traffic I-395 (WTOP Photo/Adam Tuss)
Get ready for a little more crawl in your commute. (WTOP/Adam Tuss)

WASHINGTON - Drivers who found smooth sailing on their commutes this summer may need to brace themselves for a change.

The day after Labor Day marks the return of the full number of D.C.-area commuters -- a day dubbed "Terrible Traffic Tuesday" by AAA Mid-Atlantic.

"There's nothing normal about traffic in the Washington metro area, and this is the return to normalcy -- or actually, abnormalcy," says AAA Mid-Atlantic spokesman John B. Townsend II.

More than 3 million people in the area will be in transit, with about 1.7 million in cars, 700,000 on Metro and 400,000 on Metrobuses, Townsend says.

Most in the Washington area -- 77 percent -- drive to work each day.

Helping to create the potential perfect storm of traffic tie-ups? Congress reconvenes this week, as do a number of area school systems, which Townsend says means roughly 750,000 kids riding nearly 5,500 buses.

All school systems in Virginia will be back to school Tuesday, including some of the state's largest systems, Fairfax and Prince William counties.

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WTOP's Dick Uliano contributed to this report.

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