Tips For Your Weekend Travel
Events: The big cherry blossom parade isn't till next Saturday, April 14. Big events this weekend are the fireworks at 8:30 p.m. Saturday on Water Street along the Southwest waterfront. The lantern lighting ceremony is Sunday from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Tidal Basin. Click here to view The Post's events guide for the cherry blossom festival, helpful whether you want to attend or avoid events.
Bikes: Check out those "Blossoms by Bike" tours on the events list. Also, there's free valet parking this weekend near the Washington Monument and the Jefferson Memorial.
Parking: There's free public parking for 320 cars at Hains Point. Or you could drive to the Metro parking facilities and park for free during the weekend, or drive to Union Station, pay for parking and get on Metro, or the Circulator bus just outside the station.
Metro: This time of year always stresses the transit system. On Tuesday, 831,508 riders used Metrorail, making it the second busiest day in the 31-year history of the subway. This weekend, there will be some delays on the Green Line from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day between Greenbelt and College Park as Metro tests new rail cars and the in-service trains share a single track. But that's the only scheduled work in the system.
Bus Detours: There are quite a few changes to Metrobus routes Friday through Sunday, because of various events. You can find a full list of them by clicking here.
Tourists: Metro suggests visitors buy the $6.50 one-day Metrorail pass for multiple trips; the one-day pass can only be used after 9:30 a.m. on weekdays, and all day on weekends. For more information on
traveling by Metrobus and Metrorail, call 202-637-7000, or look at Metro's Web site.
Driving: If you're driving on Connecticut Avenue, note that the Klingle Bridge is under reconstruction, you should find two lanes open in each direction. Watch out for the overhead green arrows that signal which lane you should use, and don't confuse them with the nearby stop/go traffic signals.
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