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Posted at 03:19 PM ET, 08/29/2012

Labor Day transit and transportation changes

Labor Day is Monday. As with any holiday weekend, that means you should prepare for transportation and transit changes. (Unless you’ll be out of town, of course. In that case, you should peruse Dr. Gridlock’s Summer Getaway Guide.)

Here’s what you need to know for this weekend and for the holiday:

Parking Enforcement on Monday

D.C.: Parking enforcement is lifted, so there won’t be ticketing for expired meters or violating restrictions for residential parking or street sweeping.

But — but! — the Nationals are hosting the Chicago Cubs on Monday, so parking regulations will be enforced in the area around Nationals Park.

Alexandria: Parking enforcement is lifted.

Arlington: Parking meters are not enforced.

Montgomery County: Parking will be free at public garages, lots and the county’s parking meters.

Metro weekend work/schedule

Metrorail and Metrobus will both run Sunday schedules on Monday. Remember, Metro is open from 7 a.m. to midnight on Sunday and Monday.

Metro has work scheduled on the Red, Orange and Blue Lines this weekend. The work begins on Friday at 10 p.m. and lasts until the system closes on Monday night.

Red Line

Trains will single track between Rhode Island Avenue and Fort Totten so that platform reconstruction can take place. Red Line trains will run between Shady Grove and Grosvenor every 15 minutes in each direction. Additional trains will run between Shady Grove and NoMa-Gallaudet U on Saturday and Sunday between 9:30 a.m. and 9 p.m. If you’re traveling through the single tracking, add at least 10 minutes to your trip.

Orange Line

Trains will single track between Stadium-Armory and Cheverly, also to allow for platform reconstruction. Orange Line trains will run every 20 minutes in each direction. Again, add at least 10 minutes to your trip.

Blue Line

Trains will share a track between Arlington Cemetery and Foggy Bottom. This is for structural rehabilitation of the track bed and leak mitigation, according to Metro. Blue Line trains will also run every 20 minutes in each direction, and you should add at least 10 minutes to your trip.

Northern Virginia H.O.V. lanes

H.O.V. restrictions will be lifted on Interstate 66, Interstate 95 and Interstate 395 on Monday. Normal H.O.V. restrictions will remain in place Friday and Tuesday.

The I-95/I-395 reversible lanes will run southbound on from 1 p.m. Friday to 2 p.m. Saturday. These lanes will reopen heading north at 4 p.m. Saturday and remain northbound until 11 a.m. Tuesday.

Heavy Bay Bridge traffic

Since it’s a holiday weekend, expect heavy traffic around the Bay Bridge. The Maryland Transportation Authority projects that more than 347,000 vehicles are going to travel the bridge between Friday and Monday. Construction-related temporary lane closures are lifted until 7 p,m. Tuesday.

The best times to travel this weekend are during the off-peak hours. That means: Thursday and Friday before 10 a.m. or after 10 p.m., Saturday before 7 a.m. and after 5 p.m. and on Sunday and Monday before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m.

Call 1-877-BAYSPAN (229-7726) for traffic conditions or visit BayBridge.coms to see live traffic conditions.

MARC

There will be no Maryland Area Regional Commuter train service on Monday.

Additionally, there will be some modifications to MARC’s service on Friday.

Camden Line

— Train 852 won’t operate

— A 2 p.m. departure from Union Station heading to Camden Yards will make all stops except for Laurel Racetrack.

— There will be more space on earlier trains so as to accommodate a larger number of passengers

Brunswick Line

— Train 875 will terminate in Brunswick

— Train 873 runs through to Martinsburg. It will arrive in Harpers Ferry at 5:15 p.m., Duffields at 5:28 p.m. and Martinsburg at 5:50 p.m.

— Train 871 will run as scheduled

— There will be more space on earlier trains so as to accommodate a larger number of passengers

Penn Line

— No extra service will be offered, though the train leaving Union Station at 12:20 p.m. and trains that leave after it will have more space to accommodate more passengers.

VRE

The Virginia Railway Express will not run Monday.

Ride On

Montgomery County’s Ride On service will run a Sunday schedule on Monday.

Arlington Transit

Arlington Transit will run ART routes 41 and 51 on Sunday schedules. No other ART routes will operate.

DASH

Alexandria’s DASH system will run a Sunday schedule on Monday.

Fairfax Connector

The Fairfax Connector is running a Sunday schedule on Monday.

OmniRide

There will be no OmniRide bus service Monday. Additionally, a few additional OmniRide buses will run Friday afternoon. Riders should still expect overcrowding and avoid traveling during that window if they can help it.

TheBus

TheBus in Prince George’s County will not run on Monday.

By  |  03:19 PM ET, 08/29/2012

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