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Metro adding airport buses for holiday getaway

Metro has put out the plan for extra airport bus service that I referred to in The Weekend and Beyond posting. Here are the details.

To BWI Marshall Airport
On Wednesday, Dec. 23, Monday, Dec. 28, and Sunday, Jan. 3, Metro will provide service every 20 minutes from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on the B30 bus between Greenbelt Station and the airport.

Additional southbound trips from BWI to Greenbelt will be available on Sunday, Dec. 27, and Monday, Jan. 4. Also, buses will be added if there is high demand during the day on Saturday, Dec. 19, Thursday, Dec. 24, or Tuesday, Dec. 29.

To Dulles Airport
From Tuesday, Dec. 22 to Thursday, Dec. 24, and again from Tuesday, Dec. 29 to Thursday, Dec. 31, the 5A bus will operate every 15 to 20 minutes from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. The extra service trips will bypass the Tysons-Westpark Transit Station and the Herndon-Monroe Park & Ride to provide direct service for airline passengers between L'Enfant Plaza Station, Rosslyn Station and the airport.

On Saturday, Jan. 2 , the 5A will operate every 30 minutes from noon to 11 p.m. Depending on ridership demand, extra service may be available on Sunday, Jan. 3.

The Metrobus fare to the airports is $3 with a SmarTrip card and $3.10 with cash.

Bus travel tips
-- The fare on these buses is $3 with a SmarTrip card and $3.10 with cash.
-- The buses can get very crowded around the holidays, even with the extra service. The 5A can get especially crowded, because there is no rail service to Dulles and because the regular 5A service is popular with reverse commuters to the Dulles Corridor.
-- This isn't a UPS van. Space for luggage is very limited.
-- Another bus option for Dulles travelers is to an Orange Line train to the West Falls Church Station and then take the Washington Flyer bus to the airport. It's $10 one way.
-- Dulles is the only major Washington airport without train service. The Blue and Yellow lines stop at Reagan National. MARC and Amtrak serve BWI Airport Station, a free shuttle ride from the airport. Not that MARC has no service Christmas Day and New Year's Day and limited service in between those days.

By Robert Thomson  |  December 18, 2009; 11:30 AM ET
Categories:  Airports , Getaway , holiday travel  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, travel tips  
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