Inauguration Day transit, transportation changes

January 16, 2013

Monday will be an unusual day for travel in the region, because the presidential inauguration and the federal Martin Luther King Jr. holiday both fall on the same day. The inauguration will require multiple road and bridge closures in and around the District, while Metro is planning for extended rail service and preparing for bus service changes. But the holiday means that many transit systems will run limited schedules or offer no service at all.

So here’s your guide to getting around on Inauguration Day.

[This post has been updated.]

Road Closures

There will be a lot of road closures and diversions stemming from the inauguration. Many streets surrounding the National Mall and the parade route will be closed, traffic will be diverted from the 14th Street and Roosevelt bridges and the Memorial Bridge will only be accessible for pedestrians and authorized vehicles. Read the full list of inauguration-related road closures and parking restrictions here.

Metro

Metrorail will open an hour early (at 4 a.m.) and stay open two hours later (until 2 a.m.). Trains will run rush hour service from 4 a.m. tol 9 p.m. Metrobus will operate weekday rush hour service in the morning and early rush hour service in the afternoon, with many bus routes encountering detours around downtown Washington.

The Smithsonian, Archives and Mount Vernon Square stops will be closed. Yellow Line trains will only run as far north as Gallery Place-Chinatown station (rather than Fort Totten) before turning around. And there is no Rush Plus service Monday.

Head here for a full rundown of Metro’s service plans for Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

DC Circulator

There will be no DC Circulator service.

MARC

Maryland Area Regional Commuter trains will operate on a limited schedule on Monday. Only the Penn and Brunswick lines will run. Round-trip tickets will cost $25 and regular tickets won’t be accepted. Trains will run to Washington between 7:30 and 11 a.m. and from Washington between 1:30 and 7 p.m. Penn Line trains will not run north of Baltimore’s Penn Station.

If you looked at MARC’s schedule last month when they announced ticket sales, look again. Some trains have been canceled.

VRE

The Virginia Railway Express will not operate on Monday.

Arlington Transit

Arlington Transit will run ART routes 415177 and 87 on Saturday schedules. ART route 53 will run a weekday schedule. ART route 42 will be on a special schedule running every 30 minutes.

DASH

Alexandria’s DASH buses will run a Saturday schedule. The King Street Trolley will run a regular schedule from 11:30 a.m. to 10:15 p.m.

Fairfax Connector

Buses will run on a holiday weekday schedule.

Fairfax CUE

Buses will operate on a modified weekday schedule.

Loudoun County Transit

Buses will run to the West Falls Church Metro station. There will also be limited bus service running from that station to Loudoun County. Here’s the schedule in place for Monday.

OmniRide

The Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission reports that buses in the morning will only run to the Franconia-Springfield and West Falls Church Metro stations. There will be no service to the District, Arlington or Tysons. In the afternoon, buses will pick up passengers at those two stops beginning at 2 p.m.

Ride On

Montgomery County’s buses will operate on a limited holiday schedule. Here’s the schedule.

TheBus

The Prince George’s County bus system will run normal service on all routes but Routes 51 and 51 Extended.

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Mark Berman is a reporter on the National staff. He runs Post Nation, a destination for breaking news and developing stories from around the country.
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Mark Berman · January 16, 2013