Metro Changes on the Fourth of July
If you're taking Metro down to the Mall Wednesday for the fireworks, the Capitol Fourth concert, the Independence Day Parade or the Folklife Festival, you need to know that Metro has, as usual, made a number of important changes on July 4: One station is closed, lines are changing color and trains are going to alternate destinations.
Before we get to service changes, let's point out that parking is free all day at Metrorail stations, and riders will be charged the less-expensive "regular" fares instead of rush hour fares. Also, it's a good idea to buy farecards early -- like today, or tomorrow -- because lines at farecard machines get unbearably long.
• Smithsonian, the only station on the Mall, is closed all day for security reasons. Get off at L'Enfant Plaza, Federal Triangle or Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter if you're going to the Folklife Festival or Smithsonian museums, and Union Station or Capitol South to go to the Capitol.
• The Blue Line only runs from Huntington to Rosslyn, so if you get on at Franconia-Springfield, you're on the Yellow Line and have a short ride to downtown Washington via the Pentagon and L'Enfant Plaza. In Maryland, the stations from Capitol Heights to Largo Town Center will become part of the Orange Line. Make sure you double check your train's destination when you're heading home.
• Beginning at 2 p.m., every other eastbound Red Line train ends at Silver Spring instead of Glenmont. Beginning at 6 p.m., every other Green Line train ends at Fort Totten.
• Once the fireworks end, free shuttle buses run from L'Enfant Plaza to the Pentagon to help ease train and platform crowding.
• No bikes or large coolers are allowed on trains.
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