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Traffic, Transit Congestion

The street closings around the Ellipse and White House for the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony begin at about 3 p.m. today, and will cause heavy traffic congestion in the heart of the District. The tree lighting is scheduled for 5 p.m. Key closing: Constitution Avenue between 15th and 17th streets from about 4 to 6:30 p.m.

These are the Metrobus routes likely to be delayed and detoured: 13A, 13B, 13F, 13G, H1, L1, P1 and X1.

The Maryland Transit Administration announced it is going to detour some of its commuter buses this afternoon.

907 & 995 Route Detours:
19th Street to left on H Street to right on 14th Street to left on Constitution Avenue. Stops not served: 19th between Pennsylvania Avenue and H Street. and 19th Street and E Street.

929 Route Detour
Constitution to right on 14th to left on I (Eye) Street. to right on 18th Street. Stops not served: 18th and C streets, 18th and E streets and 18th and G streets.

Pentagon Metrorail Station Reopens
The Pentagon station was closed from 2:42 to 4 p.m. while police investigated a suspicious package near the fare gates. Nothing dangerous was found, but there were significant delays on the Blue and Yellow lines, and there still may be some residual delays as of 5 p.m.

Metro says this evening that Transit Police have arrested a Northern Virginia man in connection with the incident. Ting Liu, 34, of Fairfax County claimed another man was carrying a bomb in a briefcase, Metro says in a statement. This was reported to Transit Police and Pentagon Police, and resulted in the closing of the Pentagon Station at 2:42 p.m.

Football Traffic Later
The Redskins play the Chicago Bears at FedEx Field in Landover at 8:15 p.m. Metro will stay open till 1 a.m. The closest station to the stadium is Morgan Boulevard, on the Blue Line. Also nearby are Largo, on the Blue, and Landover, on the Orange Line.

By Robert Thomson  |  December 6, 2007; 2:40 PM ET
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Also, parking at Metro Stations near Fed Ex Field is significantly more expensive than $3.50 (somewhere on the order of $25 as I recall it) if you do not actually ride the Metro and just park for the stadium. So if you dont take a Metro trip to the station you parked at on your SmarTrip card before exiting the parking with the same SmarTrip card, you get charged the higher fee.

Posted by: Woodley Park | December 6, 2007 3:32 PM | Report abuse

If you went through the faregates at one of those stations, then got right back off, would that solve the issue? Just curious, since I am not going to the game.

Posted by: Rich | December 6, 2007 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Parking at all stations should be more expensive. It's time to end these obnoxious subsidies.

Posted by: Anonymous | December 7, 2007 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Does anyone know what happened on the outbound Orange Line last night around 4 PM? I arrived at Foggy Bottom about 4:15 and the sign said 17 minutes for a No Passenger outbound, 20 something for a Blue Line outbound and almost 30 minutes for an outbound Orange line. I got to WFC at 6 and only because I rode into Metro Center and cought an outbound Orange line there. This morning the WMATA website has nothing about this.

Posted by: 20th Street and Pennsylvania Ave., NW | December 7, 2007 10:34 AM | Report abuse

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