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Getting Around on New Year's Eve

Update, 4:45 p.m.: Baltimore officials have postponed a New Year's Eve fireworks celebration after high winds and rough harbor waters made it impossible to tow the fireworks barges into place, the Associated Press reports.

Original post: A few advisories for your travels tonight and tomorrow:

SoberRide Operating Tonight
If you're celebrating in the Washington area tonight, remember that the annual SoberRide program is in operation from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. to help you get home safely.

Put this into your cell phone before you leave home: The toll-free SoberRide phone number 800-200-TAXI, or #-TAXI for AT&T wireless customers. A taxi will be sent to pick you up and take you home. It's a free ride up to what would be a $50 fare.

The program, sponsored by the Washington Regional Alcohol Program, transported 787 people home last New Year's and made the roads safer.

SoberRide operates in the District, Montgomery and Prince George's in Maryland and Arlington, Fairfax, eastern Loudoun and Prince William in Northern Virginia. Use it if you're 21 or older and might have had too much to drink to be driving home safely.

Metro Schedule
Today, Metrorail operates on a regular weekday schedule but will stay open two hours late, closing at 2 a.m. Metrobus also will operate on a normal weekday schedule and operate until 2 a.m. MetroAccess, the service for the disabled, will operate normally.

Then on Thursday, New Year's day, Metrorail will operate on a Sunday schedule, opening at 7 a.m. and closing at midnight. All Metrorail trains will operate with four cars, because the ridership is usually so light. (Last New Year's Day, it was 126,000 on Metrorail.) Metrobus will operate on a Sunday schedule. MetroAccess will operate normally, but all subscription trips are canceled.

Falls Church Celebration
The 100 block of West Broad Street (Route 7) will be closed in both directions from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. for the City of Falls Church Watch Night New Year's Eve Celebration. Drivers will be detoured onto South Maple Avenue, West Annandale Road and South Washington Street (Route 29). There's more information on the celebration at www.fallschurchva.gov.

Baltimore Fireworks
From 10 p.m. Wednesday until 2 a.m. Thursday, the ramp from southbound I-395 at Lee and Russell Streets will be closed. Traffic on this ramp as well as traffic coming into the downtown area from northbound Interstate 395 will be diverted to Martin Luther King Boulevard.

Vehicles will not be permitted to stop on the roadway except during emergencies. Police also will be on the lookout for motorists driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

By Robert Thomson  |  December 31, 2008; 6:57 AM ET
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"Then on Thursday, New Year's day, Metrorail will operate on a Sunday schedule, opening at 7 a.m. and closing at midnight. All Metrorail trains will operate with four cars, because the ridership is usually so light."

Until the Caps game ends around 9:30 and roughly two-thirds of the 18,000 people at the Phone Booth stampede down into Gallery Place or Metro Center. Ugh. I'm glad I drive to games.

Posted by: 1995hoo | December 31, 2008 9:36 AM | Report abuse

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