Labor Day transit, transportation changes

August 29, 2013

Traffic. (Mark Gail/WASHINGTON POST)

Summer trundles to a close this weekend with the arrival of Labor Day. More Washington area residents are expected to travel over the holiday weekend than did last year, bucking a trend where fewer people traveled over the Memorial Day and July Fourth holidays this summer than in 2012. (The forecast calls for nice weather Saturday, followed by showers Sunday, and searing humidity on Monday.)

Because Monday is a holiday, there will be the usual transit and transportation changes. Some things won’t run, while other things will offer reduced service. Here’s what you need to know for getting around Monday:

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The transit agency will run Sunday schedules for trains and buses.

There will also be track work over the weekend, creating delays on three lines:

• Red Line: Buses will replace trains between Forest Glen and Rhode Island Avenue from 10 p.m. Friday through the system’s closure Monday night. The Silver Spring, Takoma, Fort Totten and Brookland stops will be closed (Yellow and Green Line trains will still service Fort Totten). Some of the shuttle buses will only stop at Forest Glen, Silver Spring and Rhode Island Avenue, while other buses will stop at all of the other closed stations.

Orange Line: No stations are scheduled to be closed, but trains will run every 24 minutes between Vienna and New Carrollton all weekend (from Friday at 10 p.m. through the system’s closure on Monday night). Work scheduled for the weekend includes platform reconstruction, track maintenance and Silver Line signal testing.

• Green Line: Buses will replace trains between Greenbelt and College Park on Saturday and Sunday. (This is to allow for construction of a new test track for Metro’s forthcoming 7000 series railcars.) The Greenbelt station will be closed on Saturday and Sunday, but it is scheduled to remain open on Friday night and all day on Monday.


Maryland Area Regional Commuter trains won’t run on Monday.


The Virginia Railway Express will not run.

Arlington Transit

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


Alexandria’s DASH buses will run on a Sunday schedule. The King Street Trolley will run every 15 minutes from 11:30 a.m. to 10:15 p.m.

Fairfax Connector

Buses will run on a Sunday schedule.

Fairfax CUE

Buses will run Saturday service. (Find schedules here.)

Loudoun County Transit

Buses won’t run on Monday. In addition, buses will run on a special schedule on Friday afternoon.


There will be no service on Monday. A few extra buses will run on Friday afternoon to accommodate people leaving early.

Ride On

Buses will operate on a Sunday schedule. Head here to see if your bus will be running.


Buses will not run on Monday.

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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