The weekend and beyond: Chilly weather, parades, Metro delays

Inez Milholland rode a white horse amid the 5,000 marchers at the 1913 parade for women’s suffrage, which will be reenacted Sunday. (Library of Congress photo)

Those not sequestered this weekend, will encounter cloudy and breezy days with high temperatures in the 40s, the Capital Weather Gang says. Despite the bracing conditions, it’s a weekend for parading, with Alexandria’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday and the centennial reenactment of the 1913 women’s suffrage march in downtown Washington on Sunday.

On the streets of Old Town Fairfax, there’s a festival for chocolate lovers, with tastings, Saturday and Sunday. In the District, the Wizards play at Verizon Center on Friday and Sunday evenings. (Check the schedule for Metro track work if you’re heading to the games.)

Metro weekend delays

The maintenance program will affect service from 10 p.m. Friday through the Metrorail system’s midnight closing Sunday.

Red Line: Free shuttle buses will replace trains between NoMa-Gallaudet and Takoma. The Rhode Island Avenue, Brookland and Fort Totten stations will be closed. Trains in the two open segments of the line will operate every 10 minutes from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. and every 15 minutes at other times, Metro said. The shuttles will operate between NoMa-Gallaudet and Takoma. Taking the bus for its entire route will add about 40 minutes to normal travel time.

The last train from Glenmont to Takoma on Friday and Saturday nights will leave at 1:59 a.m., and at 10:59 p.m. on Sunday night.

Blue Line: Free shuttle buses will replace trains between Crystal City and Braddock Road. The Reagan National Airport station will be closed. Trains in the two open segments of the line will operate every 16 minutes from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and every 20 minutes after 9 p.m.

The shuttles will operate on two routes: Expresses will stop at Crystal City and Braddock Road only. Add about 15 minutes to normal travel time for that trip. Local buses will include a stop at National Airport. Traveling by bus to or from the airport station should add about 15 minutes to normal travel time.

The last train from Franconia-Springfield to Braddock Road on Friday and Saturday nights will leave at 2:09 a.m., and at 11:09 p.m. on Sunday night.

Yellow Line: As with the Blue Line, buses will replace trains between Crystal City and Braddock Road, and the Reagan National Airport station will be closed. Yellow Line trains will operate between Crystal City and Mount Vernon Square (on weekends, they normally would continue north to Fort Totten), and between Braddock Road and Huntington about every 16 minutes from 7 a.m. to  9 p.m. and every 20 minutes from 9 p.m.

The last train from Huntington to Braddock Road on Friday and Saturday nights will leave at 2:14 a.m., and at 11:14 p.m. on Sunday night.

Orange Line: Trains will share a track between East Falls Church and West Falls Church, and between Stadium-Armory and Cheverly. They will operate about every 24 minutes. Add about 15 minutes to normal travel time when going through the work zones.

St. Patrick’s Day parade

The annual parade along King Street in Alexandria is set to begin at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Alfred Street intersection. Several streets in that area will be used as a staging area. The parade will continue south to Lee Street. Along the way, the Washington Street intersection will be closed.

Note that all parking rules are in effect as usual. See a map of the parade route.

Suffrage march centennial

Some downtown Washington streets will be closed Sunday for the 100th anniversary reenactment of the 1913 women’s suffrage march. The reenactment, sponsored by the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. at the Capitol and end with a noon rally at the Washington Monument.

These streets will be closed at 9 a.m., reopening by 2 p.m.: Third Street between Independence Avenue SW and Constitution Avenue NW, Pennsylvania Avenue NW between Third and 15th streets NW, 15th Street NW between Pennsylvania Avenue and New York Avenue NW and 17th Street NW between Pennsylvania and Constitution avenues NW.

Maryland bridge inspection

The Maryland State Highway Administration plans a routine inspection Sunday morning on the Route 28 bridge over Interstate 270. Watch for double lane closings in southbound I-270 from 5 a.m. to noon.

Rockville Pike roadwork

Watch for right-lane closings on both sides of Rockville Pike between North Drive and South Drive in Bethesda from 8 p.m. Sunday through 5 a.m. Monday. Utilities are being relocated.

‘Love Train’ guide

The Post’s Going Out Guide offers a new perspective on transit, or perhaps on dating, with its interactive map called “Love Train.” The GOG has come up with date spots near many stations in the Metrorail system.

There still are plenty of stations lacking such sites, a reminder that transit-oriented development has its limits. Shady Grove station, surrounded by concrete and asphalt for commuters park and ride, is fallow ground for this feature.

On the other hand, the listings for spots near Silver Spring, Gallery Place or Court House have clearly not reached their full potential. The editors invite submissions, including suggestions via the Twitter hashtag #metrodates.

Robert Thomson is The Washington Post’s “Dr. Gridlock.” He answers travelers’ questions, listens to their complaints and shares their pain on the roads, trains and buses in the Washington region.
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