Alternative ways to ride Metrorail
The closing of the Orange and Blue lines this weekend in the heart of Washington means many people will be searching for ways to get to destinations along the National Mall and the adjacent areas. Metro is running free shuttle buses. But if you don't want to wait on a bus connection, you can use the rail system if you're willing to make transfers and look beyond Smithsonian and Federal Triangle stations, which are the two stops closed this weekend.
Here are some options from Metro:
• Blue and Orange line riders coming from Northern Virginia can exit at the Metro Center Metrorail station and transfer to the Red Line to connect to major attractions or special events in downtown Washington. This will still put you in walking distance of museums and other venues.
• Blue Line riders coming from Northern Virginia can transfer to a Yellow Line train between King Street and the Pentagon and ride to L'Enfant Plaza, Archives-Navy Memorial- Penn Quarter and Gallery Place-Chinatown.
• Blue and Orange Line riders coming from Prince George's County can exit at the L'Enfant Plaza Metrorail station and transfer to the Yellow or Green lines and ride to the Archives-Navy Memoriall-Penn Quarter or Gallery Place-Chinatown Metrorail stations.