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Get There: November 4, 2007 - November 10, 2007

This Weekend and Beyond

D.C. Parade on Saturday Drivers will want to avoid the area around the national mall where the Veteran's Day parade will be held on Saturday. Paraders assemble on the mall at 7th Street between Constitution and Independence avenues, and at 11 a.m., they march toward 17th Street NW. (There's a map of the route on page B3 of Friday's Metro section.) Here's a link to the District Department Transportation's announcement about the street closings between 6 a.m. and as late as 5 p.m. Some Metrobuses will detour around the parade area. Metro lists the routes on this page. Veterans Day Transit Metro's Web site has a page that describes the Monday transit schedules for rail and bus services all around the region. Here's a link. The three-day weekend is a big one for Metro's track work. The Huntington and Eisenhower Avenue stations will be closed from 9 o'clock tonight through...

By Robert Thomson  |  November 9, 2007; 8:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories  
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Commuters Can Go Lean

Chris Hamilton, commuter services chief for Arlington County, and his colleagues want to help daily travelers be healthy and thrifty, so they've launched a campaign called Arlington's Car-Free Diet. You can learn to lose, Web site says. (carfreediet.com) As is evident from the name, they're encouraging people to switch their commutes to transit, walking, biking, or staying home and working from there. You can lose 2,000 pounds in a day, they say, by leaving the car in the driveway. And like all the truly great diet-creators, they don't want you to sacrifice to get results. The commuting habits of a lifetime need not be thrown out completely: One or two days a week on the program can show results, the sponsors say. The only thing that gets fatter is your wallet: The money savings on parking fees, car insurance, maintenance and gas. (That part I can identify with: When I...

By Robert Thomson  |  November 8, 2007; 8:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Commuting  
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Traffic and Transit Alerts

Connecticut Avenue Watch out this evening around the Uptown Theater, where there's a special event that will restrict driving and parking on the southbound side, heading toward downtown Washington. The restriction will be between Macomb Street and Ordway Street from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Veterans Day Monday is the federal and local holiday, and Metrorail is back to treating it that way too, after experimenting last year with weekday service on a few Monday holidays. The transit authority found that there was not enough demand to justify the cost of providing full weekday train service. Track Work Closing Stations Metro will use the long holiday weekend to perform some extensive track work, which will close the Huntington and Eisenhower Avenue stations for the weekend. They will be shut from 9 p.m. Friday to midnight Monday, Virginia Transportation Planning The Commonwealth Transportation Board, the statewide policy-making panel, has scheduled its...

By Robert Thomson  |  November 7, 2007; 3:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories  
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Drive vs. Drive

Transportation editor Steven Ginsberg and I got many responses to our test drive on Sunday's commuter page in The Post. We compared drives on parallel commuter routes from Columbia to Silver Spring. Steven took I-95 and I took the parallel course on Route 29. New interchange at Briggs Chaney helps ease congestion. (Robert Thomson) Here's one letter. Dear Dr. Gridlock: I was fascinated by the article "Which Way" in the Sunday, Nov. 4, Washington Post, Page C2. What would have been useful to know was how long each route was. Another thought is to add odometer readings along with the time and comments for the two different routes. Note, I live in Charlottesville, Va., and work from home. Distance commute: 30 feet (from bed to office); Duration of Commute: 1 minute, unless there is a two-kid pile-up on the stairs. Tim Roesch Charlottesville I can't give you a link to...

By Robert Thomson  |  November 6, 2007; 8:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Driving  
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Planning Holiday Travel

Maybe it's the warmth of this autumn that makes Thanksgiving seem so remote. But it's less than three weeks away, and now is a good time to plan for the most difficult holiday traveling of the year. I'm again looking for your advice on holiday getaway routes and travel times. What did you learn from last year's experiences? The key things I learned from surveying readers is that travelers should be aware of alternative routes and have a plan to use them, but there are no undiscovered shortcuts to the places most people are heading. Good timing on the departure counts more than anything else. Here's a letter that many readers said they found helpful last fall. Dear Dr. Gridock: The I-95/New Jersey Turnpike/Garden State Parkway route to northern New Jersey or north of there now has round-trip tolls of over $27. Toll increases have been brutal and punishing. On...

By Robert Thomson  |  November 5, 2007; 8:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  Getaway  
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