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Posted at 9:30 AM ET, 01/24/2011

March for Life street closings

By Robert Thomson

[This post has been updated.]

5:17 p.m. Update: D.C. officials report that the event has ended. Streets have reopened, and the Department of Public Works has begun clean-up.

4:10 p.m. Update: DDOT reports that the intersection of Constitution Avenue and Third Street NW has reopened. The marches are moving up Capitol Hill.

3 p.m. Update: The March for Life is underway. The District Department of Transportation reports that drivers should expect delays in the streets from the Mall east to the Supreme Court.

Original post: The annual March for Life is Monday. D.C. police announced several street closings and some parking restrictions, but drivers also should be alert for large groups of people in downtown Washington, around the National Mall and at the Supreme Court.

Beginning at about 9 a.m. Monday, there will be a Youth Rally and Mass for Life at Verizon Center. At about 11 a.m., the people at the Verizon Center will march to the National Mall. They will go south on 7th Street NW, which will be closed to traffic during the event, as will all streets that lead directly to it. The streets will re-open as the procession passes.

The March for Life rally on the mall will begin at about 11 a.m. between Fourth and Seventh streets. Fourth Street will be closed at about 9:30 a.m. between Independence Avenue SW and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. The street will remain closed until the event is over. At about 1:30 p.m., the participants will march to the Supreme Court by this route: North on Fourth Street from the mall, east on Constitution Avenue NW and south on First Street NE to the court.

Those streets will be closed to traffic until the last of the participants has passed the intersection. In addition, streets that lead directly to the march route will be closed to through traffic. See route map.

The effect on local travel may be greatest after the events end around 5 p.m. or later. Traffic delays are likely on Independence and Constitution avenues, and on streets near the Smithsonian, L'Enfant Plaza, Capitol South and Federal Triangle Metro stations. (Those are the closest stations for the rally and march.)

Rally participants planning to take transit to the Mall can use Metro's online Trip Planner to check their bus and train options. Also useful is the Next Bus system, which can be used either by phone or Internet to predict the arrival time of buses at individual bus stops.

However, it's likely that some Metrobus routes will be detoured because of the street closings, and that will affect the accuracy of both Trip Planner and Next Bus in the downtown area immediately around the rally and march.
The afternoon events may also affect the arrival times for homeward bound MTA commuter buses.

Rally participants should also note that Metro fares are higher than they were a year ago, following increases that took effect over the summer. Also, the free bus-to-bus transfer time has been reduced from three hours to two hours.

By Robert Thomson  | January 24, 2011; 9:30 AM ET
Categories:  District, Driving, Events  | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock  
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Ok, NOW how early will I have to get to the subway station to go to work in the morning?

Posted by: CALSGR8 | January 23, 2011 11:56 AM | Report abuse

People that make an effort to disrupt other people's lives in the name of their Cause (whatever it happens to be) almost never get my support. Believe whatever you want, just don't be a jerk and get in my face about it.

Posted by: Noble9 | January 24, 2011 8:24 AM | Report abuse

Though I do not agree with the premise for the march, (I think people need to live how they want without others telling them what to do as long as it does not affect others.)they have every right to have the march. The whiners who are upset that they are inconvenienced need to realise this is Washington DC and it is what it is. Don't like it work elsewhere.

Posted by: Pilot1 | January 24, 2011 8:57 AM | Report abuse

Why the Bloody H do these people have to use the streets of DC to protest? They are DISRUPTING everyone who lives and works here!

Posted by: bronxace | January 24, 2011 9:02 AM | Report abuse

another reason to tax the churches!

Posted by: 10bestfan | January 24, 2011 10:53 AM | Report abuse

They grandstand about abortion, but do absolutely nothing about violence. Where are the bishops on gun control? Where are they on high capacity magazines? They excommunicate politicians who support abortion rights, but they dole out communion to those who take money from the NRA and vote their way. The bishops all need to grow a pair and stand for all life.

Posted by: blankspace | January 24, 2011 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Don't these people understand that without abortion there would be more undesirables? The undesirable vote gave them Obama, they should imagine what the country would look like without abortion!

Posted by: getjiggly1 | January 24, 2011 11:20 AM | Report abuse

I don't think any of the comments made above have anything to do with transportation and should be taken to the "Americans can't have a single civil debate because all they want to do is criticize people who disagree with them" forum. With that said, "Pilot1" is right about disruptions to the traffic being a way of life in DC. I got stuck near the Kennedy Center a week or so ago when Obama was leaving the Holbrooke memorial. It's frustrating when that sort of thing happens, but it's life. At least people needing to be downtown today have had a whole year to know that the March for Life would be taking place and to plan around it. It's not exactly hard to know when it will occur since it's at the same time every year!

I was downtown for a hearing at the federal courthouse and took the Metrorail back afterwards and the Red Line was JAMMED at 12:15, more so even than in a normal rush hour. I think I'm glad I will be driving back downtown for the Caps game later rather than dealing with the trains, as no doubt there are going to be trains taken out of service with door issues tonight.

Posted by: 1995hoo | January 24, 2011 2:03 PM | Report abuse

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