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Metro Schedule For MLK Day

Metrorail system opens at 5 a.m. today and closes at 2 o'clock Tuesday morning. Those are extra hours to accommodate party-goers tonight.

Since it's a holiday, off-peak fares will be charged and parking at Metrorail facilities will be free. Just don't park overnight, because after the system shuts, cars could be towed as Metro rushes to prepare for the Inauguration Day train service that starts at 4 a.m.

Throughout today, Metro will operate a combination of six- and eight-car trains. If crowds warrant, Metro says, it will put extra trains in service.

After midnight, all Red Line trains will operate 15 minutes apart, and all Blue, Orange, Yellow and Green Line trains will operate 20 minutes apart.

The Judiciary Square Station's F Street NW entrance will close at 7 p.m., out of security concerns involving a nearby event. The 4th Street NW entrance will be open.

Automobiles will not be permitted to enter Metro parking facilities after 11 o'clock tonight. Vehicles parked at Metro lots must leave by 2 a.m. or by the time the station closes, soon after 2 a.m. or risk being ticketed and towed. The lots and garages will reopen at 3:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Metrobus and MetroAccess will operate on regular weekday schedules. Some bus and MetroAccess routes in downtown Washington may experience delays or detours because of traffic conditions.

By Robert Thomson  |  January 19, 2009; 4:30 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Inauguration  
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What are the Metro ridership and road traffic predictions for today (Monday)? I'm meeting two travellers today, one at Union Station at 3pm and the other at National Airport at 8pm. If I'm coming in from MD on Route 50, can I expect a fairly unencumbered drive or should I plan to take Metro?

Posted by: Annie17 | January 19, 2009 7:55 AM | Report abuse

There will be a lot of visitors on Metro, but not one of the higher ridership days since it is a Fed Holiday.

Traffic on the roads was extremely light this morning. So if you are coming in at 3 and staying here until 8, then you will likely not have a problem driving (you may have some difficulty parking though, be forewarned!). I always prefer taking DC 295 south to East Capitol Street over NY Avenue. After passing RFK, the road becomes C Street NE. follow that to Stanton Square, then you are forced to make a right, and then immediately after make a left. Fork off to the right at the end of the square and you'll be on Massachusetts Ave in front of Union Station. Coming back out, go east on Massachusetts, at Stanton Square turn right on 4th NE, and stay on it. That becomes 4th SE. Make a left on Independence SE, and take that to RFK, over the bridge. Get onto 295 north by following the "to I-95 north" signs....use the center lane on the bridge.

If you are going home and coming back at 8, there might be extra traffic as people make their way into DC for evening events. But you can probably avoid a lot of that by taking the Beltway to the Wilson Bridge. Use the local lanes on the bridge, and take Exit 177C towards Mount Vernon. Turn left at South Washington Street (north), and that becomes GW Parkway. Take the National Airport exit. Coming home, exit towards Alexandria on GW PArkway south. That becomes Washington Street. Turn right on Gibbon Street (marked "to I-95") and left on Route 1. Then take the ramp to I-95 north...stay left on the ramp to avoid going onto I-95 south.

Posted by: thetan | January 19, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

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