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Get There: March 30, 2008 - April 5, 2008

The Weekend and Beyond

Here are a couple of things you might need to know for your travels this weekend and afterward. Possible Delays on Metro Starting Monday, Metro will conduct a series of rail tests to detect internal rail defects. The tests themselves will be conducted overnight, but if repairs are needed, speed restrictions may be put in place and could result in delays. The tests are scheduled to take place during the next three weeks, with different lines affected at different times. The first line in the queue is the Red Line. Metro Expected to be Crowded for Monday's Nationals Game A large ridership on Metro is expected on Monday evening, as the Nationals play their second game at the new stadium. The game starts at 7:10 p.m., and Metro reports that it will add trains and personnel to help with the anticipated larger volume of riders....

By Amy L. Kovac  |  April 4, 2008; 11:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Advisories  
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Metro Will Open at 5 a.m. Sunday

On Sunday, Metro will open two hours early at 5 a.m. for the Cherry Blossom 10-mile race and 5K run/walk. The 10-mile race begins at 7:50 a.m., and runners will start and finish near the Washington Monument. The 5K run/walk starts at 8:50 a.m., and participants will start and finish just down the street from the Washington Monument. The closest Metro station to the courses is Smithsonian Memorial on the Blue and Orange lines....

By Amy L. Kovac  |  April 3, 2008; 3:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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More Than 20,000 Take Metro to Opening Day

Metro reports that it transported 21,492 baseball fans to and from the Navy Yard station yesterday for the Nationals' Opening Day game. Total ridership for the day was 332,737, according to Metro, far and above the average Sunday traffic of 207,735. Metro stayed open until 1 a.m. to accommodate the crowds and added 15 extra trains after the game to carry people home. Did you take Metro to the game? How was your experience?...

By Amy L. Kovac  |  March 31, 2008; 3:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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New Parking For National Airport

The garages at Reagan National Airport are going to get a new top deck, adding 1,424 spaces. The $54 million topper on Garages A, B and C is scheduled to be done in 2010, increasing parking by about 27 percent, the airports authority says. First, though, the construction project will require the closing of 162 parking spaces on the top of Garage C. But the airports authority, which also operates Dulles, plans to open a 700-space temporary parking lot near the Economy Lot by this summer. A free shuttle will provide transportation to all the terminals. Parking is often tight at the airport, so check its Web site for updates on availability before leaving for a flight. Also, watch out for changing traffic patterns created by the construction. You also can call 703-417-7275 for parking information....

By Robert Thomson  |  March 31, 2008; 5:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Construction  
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