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Posted at 8:00 AM ET, 01/15/2011

Metro travel tips for weekend

By Robert Thomson

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Metro worker on closed track during earlier switch replacement project. (Thomson)

MLK weekend delays l Last train times l Aggressive program

Starting at 10 p.m. Friday and continuing through the long Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend, Metro's maintenance program will disrupt service on the Blue, Orange and Red lines. Use the links above to learn more about the plan. Here are some tips that riders might find handy.

* Virginia riders headed into the District could avoid the split on the Orange and Blue lines by picking up the Yellow Line, which starts at Huntington and will have extra service, then transferring to the Blue or Orange lines at L'Enfant Plaza. Blue Line riders who start out from Franconia-Springfield could switch to the Yellow Line at Pentagon Station.

* Metro expects to have shuttle buses available whenever riders emerge from the Rosslyn and Farragut West stations to get around the closing of Foggy Bottom Station. But the buses take a while to board, and they must travel on city streets, with plenty of traffic signals. Plan on adding at least 40 minutes to a normal trip.

* Trips on the shuttles will probably be the longest on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, when downtown traffic is heaviest. Not everyone has the day off.

* If you know your trip will involve a wait on an outdoor platform or at a shuttle bus stop, dress appropriately for the winter weather. The low temperatures will be in the 20s on Friday night, Saturday and Sunday, though daytime temps will be more moderate than they have been recently.

* The District's Circulator buses are another alternative for Blue and Orange line riders. One route connects Rosslyn, Georgetown and Dupont Circle. Another goes between Georgetown and Union Station. A rider starting in Rosslyn could switch to the Union Station bus along M Street in Georgetown. The regular fare is a dollar, and if you use a SmarTrip card, transfers are free within two hours.

* The most challenging time for Orange and Blue line riders will probably be Friday night. Passengers might reach their destinations early in the evening with no difficulty, then after 10 p.m. face a service disruption on the way home.

* Trip Planner, the normally helpful travel guide on Metro's home page, doesn't account for service disruptions like this.

By Robert Thomson  | January 15, 2011; 8:00 AM ET
Categories:  Metro, Weekend Work  | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, Metrorail  
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