Schedules Adjusted On July 4
Independence Day is a unique holiday for Washington's transportation system. No other day-off brings so many people to the region's center for so public a celebration.
So the region's transit system has to approach it differently: Metrorail will run on a special schedule from 7 a.m. to 3 a.m. Reduced fares will be in effect all day Friday. No bikes on trains, because of the crowding. Smithsonian Station is closed all day, for security reasons, the transit authority says.
Parking at Metro's lots and garages will be free.
Metrobus will operate on a Saturday schedule, and MetroAccess, the service for disabled people, will operate from 5:30 a.m. to midnight.
Click here to see Metro's guide to getting where you want to be on July 4.
-- No Pentagon shuttles. After the fireworks on the mall, Metro will not operate any shuttle buses to the Pentagon. Low ridership on the shuttles and the additional rail cars available to the train system led Metro to stop the shuttle service.
-- The Yellow Line will operate between the Franconia-Springfield and Mount Vernon Square. To get to the mall, gete off at L'Enfant Plaza or Archives.
-- The Blue Line service will operate between the Huntington and Rosslyn.
-- The Orange Line will serve both Largo and New Carrollton. (Watch for the destination signs as well as the colors.)
-- Every other Green Line train will turn back at Fort Totten, starting at 6 p.m., to put more service into the line's central area.
-- For the same reason, every other Red Line train will turn back at Silver Spring, starting at 2 p.m.
-- Because of the big crowds heading downtown, you'll see more transit police patrolling the busiest stations and the stations at the ends of lines.
On its Web site, Metro offers a helpful list of service schedules for all the region's transit systems.
The Virginia Department of Transportation says that after the fireworks, it will adjust the timing on 114 traffic signs to make the outbound traffic flow more smoothly. The lights are on Routes 1, 7, 29, 50, 123, 236 and 244.
VDOT warns drivers to steer clear of the 14th Street Bridge during the afternoon and evening because of congestion, and don't think about trying to stop there during the fireworks.
Many roads in Arlington County will be closed on the Fourth. The police department has a list of them here.
The Independence Day SoberRide program, offered by the Washington Regional Alcohol Program, will start at 4 p.m. Friday and remain active to 4 a.m. Saturday. People celebrating with alcohol can call the toll-free SoberRide phone number, 800-200-TAXI, and get a ride home that's worth up to a $50 fare.
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