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Commuting on Columbus Day

Mark Berman

8:30 A.M. UPDATE:

-- The accident on I-95 North has been cleared. Traffic is moving smoothly in and around Woodbridge again.

-- The roads look generally clear and empty once again. The Beltway, I-66, I-395, I-95, I-270 -- are all moving smoothly and easily.

8:15 A.M. UPDATE:

An accident on I-95 North in Woodbridge is blocking the left and center lanes just south of the Prince William Parkway.

7:55 A.M. UPDATE:

Ladies and gentlemen, if you are in fact driving to work today, you are probably going to make good time. The roads have a distinct holiday feel to them, with ample space and light traffic all over the place.

Traffic cameras show empty lanes in spots where congestion would normally be a nightmare right about now: all over the Beltway (both directions) in Maryland and Virginia, on I-95 North and I-395 North in Virginia, on I-270 South in Maryland. There does appear to be a bit of congestion in Maryland on I-95 South (to the north of the Beltway), but nothing horrendous. Many streets in downtown Washington are simply empty.

Commuters, are you hitting the road today? Are you eschewing the Metro because your station is shut down? Let us know what you're seeing in the comments section below.

7:35 A.M. UPDATE:

A disabled vehicle is blocking the left shoulder on the Outer Loop/I-495 South just south of the American Legion Bridge. Expect some congestion in that area.

7:15 A.M. UPDATE:

-- All lanes of U.S. 1 have reopened.

-- The debris on I-95 South has been cleared.

6:45 A.M. UPDATE:

-- U.S. 1 Northbound lanes have reopened at East-West Highway. One southbound lane is still blocked.

-- There's debris on I-95 South after MD 212, which could slow southbound traffic.

6:20 A.M. UPDATE:

-- An accident on U.S. 1 at East-West Highway is blocking U.S. 1 in both directions.

-- One lane of I-270 North is blocked by roadwork after Falls Road.

ORIGINAL POST:

Good morning, commuters. Today is Columbus Day, a holiday that some offices celebrate while others do not. This means there will be fewer commuters hitting the road, but they will find increased difficulties. Here are some things you should know about for today:

METRO:

-- The Farragut West and McPherson Square stations are closed. The Orange and Blue lines are also shut down at Metro Center.

TRAINS:

-- VRE or MARC service is canceled for today. (And there are no MTA Commuter Buses.)

PARKING:

-- The District: The District Department of Public Works will suspend enforcement of parking meters, residential parking, and rush hour lane restrictions. It also will suspend towing of abandoned vehicles.

-- Alexandria: The Alexandria Police Department will suspend enforcement of parking restrictions at metered spaces, residential permit parking districts and other areas with signed parking time limits.

-- Arlington: Parking meters are not enforced.

-- Montgomery County: It's not an official county holiday, so you must still pay for parking at meters and county garages.

By Mark Berman  | October 11, 2010; 6:10 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories, MARC, Maryland, Northern Virginia, Virginia, Virginia Railway Express  
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