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Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 12/28/2011

Transportation changes for New Year’s weekend

New Year’s Day is on Sunday, but as with Christmas last weekend, the holiday is on Monday as far as most federal employees and other workers are concerned. The three-day weekend brings lots of transit and transportation changes. Here’s our roundup of what you need to know:

Metro

Metro will operate normal service on Friday, with extra afternoon trains planned to facilitate the holiday getaway.

Metrorail will run normal service on Saturday, which is New Year’s Eve (7 a.m. to 3 a.m.); it will also run normal service on Sunday (7 a.m. until midnight).

On Monday, Metrorail will run holiday service (7 a.m. until midnight), while Metrobuses will run on a Sunday schedule.

Parking Enforcement

D.C.: Regular parking enforcement will be in effect on Saturday, so make note of that as you plan your New Year’s Eve. Parking meters, residential parking and rush-hour restrictions won’t be enforced on Monday. (Additionally, the District Department of Public Works won’t tow abandoned vehicles on Monday.) Normal enforcement resumes on Tuesday.

Alexandria: Parking enforcement is lifted on Monday

Arlington: Parking meters are not enforced on Sunday and Monday.

Montgomery County: Parking meters are not enforced on Monday; parking at public garages and lots is free on Monday.

Ride On

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

MARC

There will be no MARC service on Monday. Some MARC schedules will be changed on Friday, so make note of this if you’re starting your weekend early:

Brunswick Line:

●● A train leaving Union Station at 2:40 p.m. will stop at Silver Spring, Rockville, Germantown, Point of Rocks, Brunswick and the West Virginia stations.

● The 4:55 p.m. departure won’t operate.

●The 5:40 p.m. train leaving Union Station will hold an extra 20 minutes and leave at 6 p.m.

Camden Line

● There will be a 2 p.m. departure from Union Station making all stops to Camden Yards.

● The 5:51 p.m. departure won’t operate.

Penn Line:

● There will be an extra Penn Line train leaving Union Station at 2:50 p.m. and making all stop to Perryville.

● The 5:25 p.m. train leaving Union Station will hold an extra 25 minutes and leave at 5:50 p.m.

VRE

Virginia Railway Express will not operate on Monday.

DASH

Alexandria’s DASH system will not run on Sunday, and on Monday it will operate a Sunday schedule.

Arlington Transit

On Sunday and Monday, Arlington Transit will run ART routes 41 and 51 on Sunday schedules.

The STAR call center will also be closed on Sunday and Monday. It will be open on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 703-892-TRIP (8747) to schedule rides.

Fairfax Connector

The Fairfax Connector is running a Saturday schedule on Saturday, as usual, and a Sunday schedule on Sunday and Monday.

OmniRide

There will be a few extra OmniRide buses running on Thursday afternoon. There will be no service on Monday.

SoberRide

The Washington Regional Alcohol Program is offering its SoberRide safety campaign for people who have celebrated too much through a network of cab companies.

Adults can get a free ride home up to a $30 value by calling 800-200-TAXI (8294). The program continues 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. each night through New Year’s Eve.

By  |  09:30 AM ET, 12/28/2011

 
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