The week ahead in traffic and transit
Commutes will likely be slower than normal, but less congested, because the federal government and many schools are closed. Local travel should continue to be less congested as the holiday week develops, except around shopping areas, where people will be making up for lost time.
-- Metrorail is serving all stations. See all rail alerts here.
-- Many Metrobuses will be delayed or detoured this morning. These aren't running: In the District, routes D2, G2 and 60; in Maryland, routes C11 and C13; in Virginia, routes 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 11Y, 18G, 18P, 23A and 23C. See all bus alerts here.
-- MetroAccess will operate from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for riders whose trips are associated with life-sustaining medical needs such as chemotherapy and dialysis. If MetroAccess customer trips do not fall in that category, their trips were canceled automatically and they received an automated call, the transit authority says.
This is a morning report from the Virginia Department of Transportation:
-- The I-95/395 high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes have been plowed and began opening northbound at 5 a.m. starting at Dumfries. Several access ramps were delayed in opening while crews finish removing snow.
-- The shoulder lanes on eastbound I-66 will not be available with green arrows for this morning's rush hour. The snow is still high snow in these areas.
-- Some locations along the Capital Beltway may have snow in the outer lanes, and crews are working to blow snow over the barriers to clear these lanes.
-- Most commuter lots in Prince William and Fairfax County are plowed, but some lots in Northern Virginia remain snow-covered.
-- All interstates are mostly wet and mostly clear. Most major arteries are also passable, however motorists should watch for icy spots where slush has refrozen overnight. Drivers still should be very careful on neighborhood streets. Where crews have plowed, drivers can expect a path but slippery conditions with high piles of snow to the sides.
Some parking lots aren't plowed.
Crews are patrolling the highways for any icy sections, especially on bridges, ramps and overpasses. Slow down, leave plenty of commute time and be extra cautious for any possible icy patches.
Maryland commuter buses
Washington Routes 901, 902, 903, 904, 905, 907, 909, 915, 922, 929, 950, 991, and 995: ONLY trips with an "S" or "L/S" above the trip number on the printed schedule will operate.
Suburban bus services
-- Fairfax Connector will be operating a Limited Service schedule between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Click here for a detailed listing of routes that will be operating.
-- Ride On in Montgomery County expects delays and detours on many routes. Click here for details.
-- DASH will be operating full service on all routes beginning at 8 a.m.Monday, but expect some delays.
-- Arlington's ART 41, 42, 51 and 87 will be operated on a Saturday schedule today. No other ART routes will be in operation. STAR will provide dialysis trips, and their Call Center will open at noon. See details here.
Huntington Metro garage
Metro plans to start three months of repair work on the north parking garage at Huntington Station on Monday. That will temporarily take away up to 150 parking spots. Look for parking on the second, third and fourth levels of the new Huntington garage, which has 1,424 spaces and is accessible from Huntington Avenue and North Kings Highway.
Monday night football
The Morgan Boulevard Station, the closest one to FedEx Field, will stay open an extra hour to accommodate fans leaving the Redskins game. The last Blue Line train from Morgan Boulevard heading toward Franconia-Springfield will leave at 12:27 a.m. If the game goes into overtime, Metro says, it will make sure trains are available to get football fans home.
Commutes should be less congested throughout the week as people getaway for the holidays. Federal workers can take half a day off on Thursday. Some construction work will continue across the region until Thursday, when the crews will take a holiday break.
Metro's holiday schedule
-- On Thursday, Christmas Eve: regular weekday train and bus schedule. Metrorail opens at 5 a.m., closes at midnight and runs six-car trains.
-- Friday, Christmas: rail and bus on a Sunday schedule. Metrorail will open at 7 a.m. and close at midnight, running six-car trains.
No weekend track work is scheduled for Christmas weekend, Dec. 25-27.
December 21, 2009; 6:43 AM ET
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