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Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 10/10/2011

Columbus Day commuting changes

Before you head out today, be aware of several transit and commuting changes that could impact your trip:

• Major Metro work continues on the Green, Yellow and Orange lines. The Shaw, U Street and Columbia Heights stations remain closed until Tuesday morning. Free shuttle buses will continue to replace trains between the East Falls Church and West Falls Church stations until Tuesday morning. Add 20 to 30 minutes to your commute if you need to travel on those lines.

Metrorail and Metrobus will run on Saturday schedules today. The rail system opens at 5 a.m. and close at midnight. Some bus trips that usualy run on Saturday nights will not be running tonight (go to the bottom of this post for a complete list.)

• Parking restrictions will not be enforced in the District, Arlington and Alexandria. (Parking will be enforced in Montgomery County.)

• VRE and MARC trains are not running. (MARC Penn Line passengers, Amtrak trains will not honor your weekly or monthly MARC tickets today.)

Arlington Transit is running a holiday schedule. ART routes 41, 42, 51 and 87 will operate on Saturday schedules, and no other routes will run.

• Alexandria’s DASH system will run on a Saturday schedule.

• The Fairfax Connector will run a holiday weekend schedule. The following routes will not operate: routes 335395,585595, and 597. All other routes with weekday service operate normally.

• Montgomery County’s Ride On buses will be running normal weekday service.

• Prince George’s County’s TheBus will run normal service on Monday, except for routes 51, 51-Extended and 52. All normal operations resume on Tuesday.

• Taste of D.C. continues today (from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.), and it’s still causing road closures along Pennsylvania Avenue between 9th and 14th streets NW (as well as in the surrounding area).

• There are plenty of Metrobus detours due to Taste of D.C. Head here for a complete list of impacted routes.

9:30 A.M. Update:

All lanes have reopened on the outer loop at River Road.

8:50 A.M. Update:

The accident on the outer loop south of the River Road exit is now blocking one outer loop lane, the left merge lane and one of the shoulders.

8:35 A.M. Update:

An accident on the outer loop south of the River Road exit is blocking three lanes and one of the shoulders. Expect heavy delays approaching this spot.

8:15 A.M. Update:

An accident on the outer loop of the Beltway at Persimmon Tree Road could slow traffic there.

The disabled vehicle on I-66 East at the Beltway has been cleared from the shoulder.

There’s another disabled vehicle, this one on I-66 West at Chain Bridge Road. It’s blocking the right shoulder.

7:45 A.M. Update:

A disabled vehicle on I-66 East at the Beltway is blocking the right shoulder. Expect some delays around that spot.

7:35 A.M. Update:

The disabled vehicle on the outer loop of the Beltway near Landover Road/MD 202 has been cleared.

7:10 A.M. Update:

A disabled vehicle on the outer loop of the Beltway near Landover Road/MD 202 could slow traffic there.

6:45 A.M. Update:

Traffic looks much lighter than usual on I-95 North approaching the Springfield Interchange, on I-66 East at the Beltway and on most of the Beltway. There’s a bit of traffic on the inner loop near I-66 and on both loops near New Hampshire Avenue. Otherwise, the roads look fairly clear right now.

Original Post:

Good morning, commuters! It’s Columbus Day, which means many in the Washington region are off today. For those of you still going to work, that will hopefully mean lighter crowds and less congestion. Another plus: We’re in for another day of delightful weather, according to the Capital Weather Gang.

[This information has been reprinted at the top of the post.] If you do have to head into work, there are several transit and commuting changes that could impact your trip:

• Major Metro work continues on the Green, Yellow and Orange lines. The Shaw, U Street and Columbia Heights stations remain closed until Tuesday morning. Free shuttle buses will continue to replace trains between the East Falls Church and West Falls Church stations until Tuesday morning. Add 20 to 30 minutes to your commute if you need to travel on those lines.

Metrorail and Metrobus will run on Saturday schedules today. The rail system opens at 5 a.m. and close at midnight. Some bus trips that usually run on Saturday nights will not be running tonight (go to the bottom of this post for a complete list.)

• Parking restrictions will not be enforced in the District, Arlington and Alexandria. (Parking will be enforced in Montgomery County.)

• VRE and MARC trains are not running. (MARC Penn Line passengers, Amtrak trains will not honor your weekly or monthly MARC tickets today.)

Arlington Transit is running a holiday schedule. ART routes 41, 42, 51 and 87 will operate on Saturday schedules, and no other routes will run.

• Alexandria’s DASH system will run on a Saturday schedule.

• The Fairfax Connector will run a holiday weekend schedule. The following routes will not operate: routes 335395,585595, and 597. All other routes with weekday service operate normally.

• Montgomery County’s Ride On buses will be running normal weekday service.

• Prince George’s County’s TheBus will run normal service on Monday, except for routes 51, 51-Extended and 52. All normal operations resume on Tuesday.

• Taste of D.C. continues today (from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.), and it’s still causing road closures along Pennsylvania Avenue between 9th and 14th streets NW (as well as in the surrounding area).

• There are plenty of Metrobus detours due to Taste of D.C. Head here for a complete list of impacted routes.

If you are still heading to work today, check back here throughout the morning. We’ll be keeping an eye on the roads and rails, reporting any delays or issues — and we will need your help: If you hear about any congestion, delays, problems or anything at all, tell us in the comments section below or by tweeting @drgridlock.

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