Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which means there will be plenty of transportation and transit changes in honor of the holiday. This isn’t one of the big getaway weekends for this region, as Dr. Gridlock points out in his weekend preview (which you should read, because there are plenty of things you should know for this weekend). But plenty of you will have Monday off and need to know how to get around. Here’s our roundup.
Metrorail will open at 5 a.m. and close at midnight. Trains will be running on a Saturday schedule. Metrobus will also be running on a Saturday supplemental schedule, with some late night trips canceled. (Click here for a full rundown of bus service.) As Dr. Gridlock noted, there will be issues on the Orange, Blue and Red lines.
The Federal Center SW and Capitol South stations will be closed. Free shuttle buses will replace Blue and Orange line trains between L’Enfant Plaza and Eastern Market. This will last through midnight on Monday, when Metro closes.
Metro says Blue Line trains will operate every 16 minutes between Franconia-Springfield and L’Enfant Plaza, and between Eastern Market and Largo Town Center. Orange Line trains will operate every 16 minutes between Vienna and L’Enfant Plaza, and between Eastern Market and New Carrollton.
At the stations on both the Orange and Blue line, a train should arrive at the platform about every eight minutes.
Trains will share the same tracks between Dupont Circle and Friendship Heights and between Takoma and Forest Glen. Expect delays on the Red Line. This also will last until the Metro system closes on Monday at midnight.
Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Parade
The parade will assemble in the parking lot of the Friendship Public Charter School (600 Milwaukee Place SE). The parade itself runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, but street closures begin at 10:30 a.m. The following streets on the route will be closed to traffic:
● Southwest on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE to South Capitol Street.
●South on South Capitol Street back onto Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SW.
●Southwest on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SW to 4201 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SW (Leckie Elementary School), where it will disband.
As with any event like this, there could be delays in the vicinity, so try to avoid driving through there if you can help it.
D.C.: Parking enforcement is lifted, so there won’t be ticketing for expired meters or violating residential parking and rush hour lane restrictions. There won’t be any booting, towing or removal of abandoned vehicles.
Alexandria: Parking enforcement is lifted .)
Arlington: Parking meters are not enforced on Monday.
Montgomery County: Parking at public garages and lots is free on Monday.
There will be no Maryland Area Regional Commuter train service on Monday.
Virginia Railway Express will not run on Monday.
Alexandria’s DASH system will run a Saturday schedule on Monday.