March for Life street closings
[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.
| January 24, 2011; 9:30 AM ET
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