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The Weekend and Beyond

Tropical Storm
The National Weather Service has issued a tropical storm warning for Saturday, saying we should expect gusty winds as well as heavy rain and flooding.

The region's highway and transit departments have been making preparations to keep the roads and rails operating. If any of the weekend events I've listed below are cancelled, I'll post that here. Track the storm with our Capital Weather Gang reports.

Metrorail Weekend Delays
Track maintenance on the Red, Blue and Orange lines this weekend will cause delays while trains share single tracks to get around the work zones.

When traveling on the Red Line between Friendship Heights and Medical Center, add 20 minutes to your schedule for the track maintenance, which scheduled to start at 10 p.m. Friday and continue until midnight Sunday. Every other Red Line train in the direction of Shady Grove will terminate at Friendship Heights and return to Glenmont. This practice maintains service in the more crowded core of the system, but requires passengers headed for the outer stations to get off at Friendship Heights and wait for the next train.

Riders on the Blue and Orange lines between Eastern Market and Stadium-Armory also should add 20 minutes to their schedules. That track work goes from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Metrobus Reroutings
Events on Saturday in the District and in Arlington will require the temporary rerouting of some Metrobus routes. See full details here.

Sept. 11 Traffic
Thursday morning's dedication for the Pentagon Memorial, an invitation-only ceremony, is likely to extensively disrupt traffic over a wide area. Arlington police will block many major roads near the Pentagon during the morning and early afternoon.

Here's a link to a list of the scheduled closures. And here's a link to a map of the affected area.

All Metrobuses that normally serve the Pentagon Transit Center will be relocated to the Pentagon City Metrorail station from 2 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Pentagon Transit Center has 24 bus bays, the largest bus transfer station in the Metrobus system. Metrorail service will not be affected.

D.C. Studies Bus Service
The District Department of Transportation and Metro are asking D.C. residents for advice on how and where to build up local bus services.

These four community meetings have been scheduled as part of the Neighborhood Circulation Study: Wednesday at Mary's Center, 2333 Ontario Rd. NW; Thursday at Southeast Hospital, 1310 Southern Ave. SE; Sept. 16 at Trinidad Recreation Center, 1310 Childress St. NE, and Sept. 17 at Hughes Memorial Church, 25 53rd St. NE. All sessions are from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Fairfax Bus Plan
Fairfax County is developing a 10-year plan for Connector and Metrobus service. There have been public meetings to supplement the county's study of population growth, land use and ridership trends. But the county will accept more comments until Sept 19.

There's an online comment form available on the county Department of Transportation's Web page, at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fcdot. Or call 703-324-1500 to record comments over the phone.

Beltway Ramp Widening
The Virginia Department of Transportation is adding another lane to the ramp from Route 7 in Falls Church onto the Capital Beltway's inner loop.

The work is scheduled to be done by Nov. 20. Watch for occasional lane closings through the area during off-peak hours. The $429,992 project also involves construction of a sidewalk, curb, gutter and pedestrian safety fence.

The Metrobus stop for routes 28A, B and T at the intersection is temporarily unavailable. The nearest stop is to the east, across from Marshall High School.

Commuter Store Moves
On Monday, Montgomery County's Commuter Express Store in Silver Spring will be in a new place with a new name.

The new name is TriPS -- Transportation Resources, Information and Places to See -- and the location is at the corner of Wayne and Ramsey avenues near the Silver Spring Metro station.

Among other services, the store sells bus passes and tokens for Ride On and Metrobus, SmarTrip Cards, Metrorail and MetroAccess fare cards. Transit maps and schedules also are available.

Buckland Bridge
This is the last scheduled weekend for closure of southbound Route 29 for the bridge deck project over Broad Run in western Prince William County. The closure, scheduled to be in effect from 7 p.m. Saturday Sept. 6 through 5 a.m. MondaySept. 8 , does not affect drivers heading north on Route 29.

But southbound drivers should add up to half an hour to their travel time because of the detour, which involves heading west on Interstate 66 and taking Route 17 south to reconnect with Route 29.

Wilson Bridge Project
Fort Hunt Road between Route 1 and Huntington Avenue will be closed for construction and paving starting at 9 a.m. Monday and continuing for about two weeks. Eastbound drivers will be detoured to southbound Route 1, then left on Huntington Avenue to Fort Hunt Road. Westbound drivers will use Huntington Avenue to southbound Route 1.

Case Bridge Closure
Interstate 395 north is scheduled to be closed at the Case Bridge for sign installation from 9 p.m. Friday Sept. 12 to 4 a.m. Saturday Sept. 13. Northbound drivers will be detoured to the 14th Street HOV lanes.

Rockville Pike
Watch for single lane closures on Rockville Pike at Randolph/Montrose Road from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. and 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. Monday through Thursday.

Fare Hike Hearings
There are two more public hearings in Prince William County on proposals to increase prices for riding PRTC buses. They're scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the PRTC Transit Center, 14700 Potomac Mills Road, Woodbridge, and for 5 and 7 p.m. Thursday at Manassas City Hall, 9027 Center St.

Metro Bridge Closing Next Weekend
On Sept. 13 and 14, Metro will shut down the Yellow Line rail bridge over the Potomac River to conduct track maintenance and the annual bridge inspection.

By Robert Thomson  |  September 5, 2008; 1:51 PM ET
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