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Headaches on the horizon (snow edition)

Riders may encounter delays tonight and early Tuesday on both rail and bus as the temperatures drop. Freezing roadways could slow or detour buses. Freezing could also affect rail switches and the power supply from the third rails to the trains.

Overnight, the transit authority may bring in flatbed rail cars to clear the snow from outdoor platforms. They can't just push all that snow onto the tracks. That would cause other problems. So many riders today found that the platforms had been cleared for a few feet near the edge and the snow piled up in the middle.

Metro also hopes to bring in trucks to clear snow from some of the parking lots and garages, that would mean more parking space available on Tuesday at the stations.

The MetroAccess paratransit service is scheduled to resume normal operations at 5 a.m. Tuesday, but Metro says some locations may not be serviceable because of unsafe or impassable roads and sidewalks.

Virginia roads
All the Monday night lane closures on Virginia's big projects have been canceled because of snow removal work.

MARC again will operate an "S" schedule Tuesday.
Greenbelt: Boarding will not be available for disabled passengers.
Riverdale: The parking lots will be available Tuesday morning.

MTA commuter buses
Full service planned on Tuesday.

DC streets
The snow emergency parking restrictions have been lifted.

Leesburg streets
Town crews will be removing snow from the on-street parking areas of downtown streets, beginning at 6 a.m. Tuesday. The workers will close each block during removal and reopen when completed. The snow removal, which will take one or two hours per block, will be limited to the parking meter side of the streets involved.

DASH bus back

DASH will operate a regular weekday schedule on all routes on Tuesday with the exception of:
-- Ripley Street (closest bus stop on Duke St.)
-- Second Street (closest bus stop on Pitt St. or Fairfax St.)
-- Reading & Rayburn (closet bus stop on Beauregard St.)

Service on these streets will be restored as road conditions improve during the day. Expect some delays due to road conditions along the routes.

By Robert Thomson  |  December 21, 2009; 7:00 PM ET
Categories:  Advisories  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Headaches on the horizon, snow, travel tips  
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