Metro offers free shuttle buses
Metro is offering free shuttle buses to help people deal with the closures of the Smithsonian and Federal Triangle stations this weekend.
The shuttle buses are operating between the following Metro stations:
-- Metro Center (12th Street, north of G Street)
-- Federal Triangle (12th Street, south of Pennsylvania Avenue)
-- Smithsonian (Independence Avenue and 12th Street)
-- L'Enfant Plaza (Maryland Avenue)
Expect waits for shuttle buses to be long. Also, keep in mind that buses generally operate less efficiently than the trains, due to traffic and the time it takes for passengers to board and disembark.
Metro warns that waits may be especially long -- 40 minutes -- on Monday, Presidents' Day. The federal government may be closed but many Washingtonians will be doing their normal commute.
Another alternative for getting around is to use the new regional cycling network, Capital Bikeshare, which has stations throughout the District and Arlington. Details about membership fees and locations are available on the Capital Bikeshare Web site.