The Weekend and Beyond
Here's what you should anticipate traveling around this weekend and next week.
Metro Weekend Delays
Red Line: Because of the train wreck on Monday, Red Line track maintenance originally scheduled between Dupont Circle and Van Ness and between Silver Spring and Forest Glen has been cancelled. But stay tuned to find out the status of the line between Silver Spring and Fort Totten. [8:45 a.m. Saturday: All Red Line stations are open; line clear from Glenmont to Shady Grove.]
Blue and Orange: Riders between Eastern Market and Stadium-Armory should add at least a half hour to their regular travel times from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Green Line: Riders between the Fort Totten and Prince George's Plaza should add half an hour to normal travel times from 10 o'clock tonight (Friday) to 11:59 p.m. Saturday. Riders Prince George's Plaza and College Park also should add half an hour from midnight Saturday to 11:59 p.m. Sunday.
NextBus to Start Wednesday
With all the rail disruptions, I wish riders had been able to use this helpful new tool during the past week. It will help people decide whether to wait at a bus stop or try something else.
Look for the red- white- and blue shield at the bus stop. Note the identifying number for the stop, call the Metro phone number printed on the shield and follow the automated instructions to learn when the next bus is scheduled to arrive. You also can get the information on Metro's Web site, at www.wmata.com.
Warning: The information should be accurate to within a couple of minutes, but that means the bus could arrive a bit ahead of schedule as well as a bit late.
Anger Over E-ZPass
The E-ZPass Maryland Service Center is sending out letters noting the $18 per year service charge for account holders that goes into effect July 1. The Maryland Transportation Authority approved this increase in January because its revenue was off. The authority makes its money on tolls and people were driving less.
The authority could have raised tolls for everyone, but decided instead to target a few areas for increases. But this has angered E-ZPass users, especially those who use the electronic transponders for occasional long-distance trips only.
Bus Service Changes
Many route changes and a few fare increases take effect in the Washington region next week. Metrobus has many of those changes. For example, the transit authority says it is discontinuing the C7, C9 (Greenbelt-Glenmont Line) because of low ridership. Same with the L7 (Connecticut Avenue-Maryland Line), but the L8 rush hour service on the same line will become more frequent.
The Fairfax Connector is picking up some routes and discontinuing others. Also, there's a fare increase to $7 on three routes that go beyond the county boundaries. In Arlington County, the ART 87 (Pentagon Metro-Army Navy Drive-Shirlington) replaces the ART 82 and Metrobus 22B service to form a new, slightly modified route.
Montgomery County's Ride On bus system is not imposing the extensive service cuts proposed this spring, but it is increasing a couple of fares. Route 93 and Route 96 will now charge regular fares and Route 70 will charge express fares.
GEORGE Bus Stays
The local service in Falls Church isn't going away, despite its budget problems, but there are changes starting July 6. Service on the morning and evening rush hour Routes 26E East Falls Church Shuttle and 26W West Falls Church Shuttle will be operated by Arlington Transit. The Route 26A East Falls Church Shuttle midday service will be discontinued.
Our Chat on Monday
Join me at noon for our regular weekly chat. If you've got issues we need to discuss about July 4 travels, let's talk about them then. Here's the link to submit questions or comments in advance.
June 26, 2009; 9:50 AM ET
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