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The Week Ahead For Traffic, Transit

Welcome back to the week. Here are a few things that may affect your commute this week.

Va. Beltway Exit Reopening
The outer loop ramp onto Route 123 northbound that has been closed since mid-August is scheduled to reopen this morning. This will end the detour that had been taking Beltway drivers off to the left-side exit to eastbound I-66.

Weeknight Metro Delays
To prepare for the big switch replacement project on the Green and Yellow lines at L'Enfant Plaza over the Columbus Day Weekend, the transit authority has scheduled some late-night preparatory work starting at 9:30 each night through Thursday.

During those late-night hours, Green Line trains will share one track between Navy Yard and Mount Vernon Square. Yellow Line trains will share one track between the Pentagon City and Mount Vernon Square.

Columbus Day Weekend
Starting at 10:30 p.m. Friday, and continuing through Monday, Oct. 12, the Waterfront and Archives stations will be closed. Also, there will be no service on the Green Line at L'Enfant Plaza. The Yellow Line will reroute and follow the Blue Line route between Pentagon and Stadium-Armory, with a stop at L'Enfant Plaza on the lower level. Shuttle buses will be available. Read more details in this posting.

Circulator Bus Changes
This morning, the Circulator bus still serves Wisconsin Avenue. The District, which had been planning to cut back that portion of the Georgetown-Union Station route to save money, relented under community pressure. But there are some changes in the D.C. Circulator system that did take effect on Sunday.

Union Station-Navy Yard Route: Circulator buses heading to Navy Yard Metro station exit the Union Station parking garage, travel around Columbus Circle and stop at Delaware Avenue NE. From there the buses will turn right on 1st Street NE, right on D Street NE and left on Louisiana Avenue, returning to their current route.

Buses traveling to Union Station turn left at Louisiana Avenue onto North Capitol Street, right onto E Street, NE, right onto Columbus Circle and stop at Delaware Avenue NE, before returning to the Union Station parking garage. There are new stops at Louisiana Avenue and D Streets NE in both directions.

Woodley Park-Adams Morgan-McPherson Square Route: Stops were added in both directions on Columbia Road NW at Ontario Road.

Sporting Events
I want to mention two, because of the Metro track work plan. There's a Caps game at Verizon Center at 7 p.m. Thursday. As you see above, Metro has scheduled work on the Green and Yellow lines to start at 9:30 p.m. On Friday night, the Wizards play a pre-season game at Verizon, also at 7 p.m. But Metro decided it could start the track work at 10:30 that night, give the crowds time to disperse from Gallery Place Station under the Verizon Center.

By Robert Thomson  |  October 5, 2009; 5:23 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting , Congestion , Driving , transit  | Tags: Capital Beltway, Circulator, Columbus Day Weekend, Dr.Gridlock, Metrorail, The Week Ahead, Tysons  
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Also, from 10 October to 10 November the Mount Vernon Trail under the 14th Street Bridge will be closed from 10 PM to 4 AM each day. Some commuters are still coming home from work or school that late.

Posted by: cranor | October 5, 2009 9:59 AM | Report abuse

so metro is pushing back the time to start track work on Friday night to 10:30, but not on Thursday night? Given that Thursday night will be a sell out (highly unlikely for Friday), I find the reasoning flawed at best.

Posted by: RedBirdie | October 5, 2009 1:01 PM | Report abuse

I agree. Considering that the Caps are the only DC team that actually wins things, doesn't Metro realize that people would be more likely to see them than the (lol)Wizards?

Posted by: pikamander007 | October 5, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

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