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The Weekend and Beyond

Here are some suggestions about your travels on this warm weekend, and for the upcoming month.

Weekend Delays on Metro
Add at least half an hour to the normal trip time on the Red Line between the Fort Totten and Silver Spring this weekend, up to the rail system's midnight closing on Sunday. Metro is fixing the drainage problem under the tracks just south of Takoma Station. This work will end the train slowdowns in that area, which Metro ordered as a safety precaution during the past few weeks.

Orange and Blue Line riders between Eastern Market and Stadium-Armory should add at least half an hour to their normal trip times from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. During this time, Metro workers will be doing maintenance on the bridge outside Stadium-Armory Station.

Foggy Bottom Traffic Disruptions
The IMF/World Bank board is meeting this weekend in Washington. There are restrictions on driving and parking around the headquarters building in Foggy Bottom until early Monday morning. See the details on this previous blog posting.

Repairs on Southeast-Southwest Freeway
All the lanes on the freeway now are open, the District Department of Transportation reported Sunday morning. The weekend repair and maintenance work on I-395 between the Case Bridge and 2nd Street SE was completed ahead of schedule. Originally, the lanes were set to reopen by Monday morning.

More Paving on Benning Road NE
This past week, the eastbound curb lane was paved. On Monday, the District plans to pave the westbound curb lane, between 21st Street and Oklahoma Avenue. The work is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Westbound traffic will be restricted to one lane. Don't use the road if you can possibly avoid it. The three bus stops in that zone will be in operation except when the paving operation is right at the bus stop.

Benning Road Timetable
D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty and the District Department of Transportation have pledged to return the Benning Road reconstruction project to its original timetable, completing the roadwork between 16th Street and Oklahoma Avenue by mid-December. Crews will work double shifts to repave two travel lanes in each direction by mid-August. Long-suffering travelers on Benning can use this link to track the progress of construction. This is one of the city's Great Streets Initiatives. This link will take you to an overview of those projects.

Route 123 in Tysons
The left lane on Route 123 southbound closed Thursday and the northbound left lane will close early this week, the Virginia Department of Transportation says. The closings, which are part of the HOT lanes construction project, will last into November, when they'll be lifted for the holiday shopping season. The lanes have to be closed so a new pier can be built in the median to support new Beltway lanes. Each direction on Route 123 will maintain two through lanes and one merge lane to the right.

The left lane closures will be set up approximately 500 feet in each direction from the Beltway overpass. When traveling though the work zone, motorists should expect delays during morning and evening rush hours. Route 123 will have two through traffic lanes and one merge lane in each direction.

New Rockville Shuttle
Look for a new red, white and blue shuttle bus service operated by Montgomery County's Ride On serving the center of Rockville. The service, called 'Round Rockville, connects with the Rockville Regional Transit Center, Rockville Metro station and Twinbrook Metro station. Five of these specially branded, regular fare buses will make stops between 20 and 30 minutes apart Monday through Saturday in Town Square.

Bus Service Sputtering
Not all of the hoped-for improvements in local bus service work out. In Falls Church, GEORGE, launched in 2002 to encourage transit use, is a passenger bus accessible to everyone in the 2.2-square-mile city but used by almost no one. The city is subsidizing riders at a rate of $8 per trip. The city council is trying to decide the bus's future.

By Robert Thomson  |  April 24, 2009; 12:32 PM ET
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Comments

'Round Rockville is really just the 45 rerouted through the Rockville Town Center. It's also one of the most unreliable buses in the county despite it's less than congested route.

Posted by: cprferry | April 24, 2009 5:18 PM | Report abuse

it is not accurate that the city is subsidizing $8 for each trip for the George Bus - that is a myth that has been spread by those who oppose funding the bus; a lot of the bus service is subsidized by the state, the city only subsidizes $3-4 and would subsidize less if the fare was raised from 50 cents to a normal metrobus fare of $1.25.

Posted by: sr78 | April 28, 2009 3:24 PM | Report abuse

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