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Traffic Alert: Marathon Today

The annual race starts at 8 a.m. today in Arlington. In addition to thousands of runners, it attracts tens of thousands of spectators. Take Metrorail to avoid congestion, whether you're going to the event or just trying to get around it.

Marine Corps Marathon (2).jpg Click on race map for larger image.

Metro's Plan
Metrorail will open at 5 a.m., two hours earlier than usual. Metrobuses that normally use the Pentagon Transit Center on Sunday will be relocated to the Pentagon City Metrorail station between 4 a.m. and 4 p.m. So if you normally go to Pentagon Metrorail station and transfer to a Metrobus, you'll need to ride to the Pentagon City Metrorail station on the Blue and Yellow lines to catch your bus.

While I recommend Metrorail anytime there's a major weekend event, you should know that the transit authority expects that more than 30,000 runners, volunteers, and spectators will use the trains. The most heavily used stations are likely to be Rosslyn and Arlington Cemetery.

There will be extra trains on the Blue Line between 5 and 8:15 a.m., and again from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Those trains are scheduled to operate every seven and a half minutes between the Franconia-Springfield and Stadium-Armory. Outside that zone, it's regular service. All Blue Line trains will continue to leave the Largo Town Center Station every 15 minutes.

Participants in this or any other of our local races should use a SmarTrip electronic fare card or put their paper fare cards in a plastic cover. Some racers who use the paper fare cards find they become demagnitized from sweat.

D.C. police and U.S. park police will close streets and bridges along the race route in the District between 4 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Street Closings List

-- Key Bridge
-- Canal Road NW from M Street to Reservoir Road
-- Reservoir Road NW from MacArthur Blvd. to Canal Road
-- MacArthur Boulevard NW from Foxhall Road to Reservoir Road
-- Foxhall Road NW from Canal Road to MacArthur Boulevard
-- M Street NW from Canal Road to Wisconsin Avenue
-- Wisconsin Ave NW from M Street to K Street
-- K Street NW from Wisconsin Avenue to Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway
-- Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway NW from Pennsylvania Avenue ramp to Ohio Drive
-- Memorial Bridge
-- West Potomac Park
-- East Potomac Park (Access to Golf Course and Tennis Courts will be available.)
-- Maine Avenue SW from East Basin Drive to Independence Avenue
-- Independence Avenue, SW from Maine Avenue to Ohio Drive
-- Ohio Drive, SW between Independence Avenue and Lincoln Circle
-- Lincoln Circle from Ohio Drive SW to 23rd Street, NW
-- 23rd Street NW from Lincoln Circle to Constitution Avenue
-- Constitution Avenue NW from 23rd Street to 15th Street
-- 15th Street from Constitution Avenue NW to Independence Avenue SW
-- 17th Street from Constitution Avenue, NW to Independence Avenue SW
-- Madison Drive NW from 14th Street to 3rd Street
-- 3rd Street, NW from Pennsylvania Ave NW to Maryland Avenue SW
-- Pennsylvania Avenue NW from 3rd Street to East Capitol Circle
-- 1st Street from Pennsylvania Avenue NW to Maryland Ave., SW
-- Maryland Avenue SW from South Capitol Circle to 3rd Street
-- Jefferson Drive SW from 3rd Street to 14th Street
-- 14th Street SW from Jefferson Drive to northbound HOV lanes
-- HOV lanes from 14th Street SW to HOV ramp at South Eads Street

Police say they will reopen the roadways as soon as possible provided doing so does not interfere with the race.

HOV Lanes
The Virginia Department of Transportation says the reversible HOV lanes on I-95/395 will remain open for southbound traffic only through 4 p.m. today, because of the marathon.

By Robert Thomson  |  October 26, 2008; 5:00 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Events  
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