Metro adding airport bus service for Thanksgiving getaway

November 25, 2013

The transit authority plans to add holiday service to Metrobus B30 between Greenbelt station and Baltimore-Washington International Marshall Airport and on the 5A route between L’Enfant Plaza and Dulles International Airport.

No additional Metrorail service is planned for Wednesday afternoon, something that dismayed several commenters during my online discussion earlier Monday. Metro spokesman Dan Stessel said that historically the Thanksgiving eve rush is relatively light and can be accommodated with regular service.

Here are some additional details about Metro service for the holiday period.

Take Metrorail to the Greenbelt station and catch the B30 to BWI. (Robert Thomson/The Washington Post)
Take Metrorail to the Greenbelt station and catch the B30 to BWI. (Robert Thomson/The Washington Post)

Airport buses

Travelers can reach BWI from the end of the Green Line at Greenbelt by walking to the bus bays in front of the station and transferring to the B30. The fare is $6. Extra buses will be in service Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. See the timetable for the B30 as a pdf. On Wednesday, there will be about 60 extra trips. On Saturday and Sunday, about 50 more trips will operate each day.

The 5A route to Dulles includes a stop at the Rosslyn Metro station. The fare also is $6 on this route. See the timetable as a pdf. Eighteen additional trips will operate on Tuesday and Wednesday, and 16 additional trips will run on Sunday.

There is no special bus route to Reagan National Airport, which is served by Metrorail’s Blue and Yellow lines. (For all the D.C. airports, be sure to check with your airlines for potential flight delays as a storm moves toward the East Coast on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Those looking for intercity buses will find most of them in the Union Station garage. Metro’s Red Line serves Union Station.

Thanksgiving Day

Metrorail will operate on a Sunday schedule, meaning service is much less frequent than on weekdays. The rail system will open at 7 a.m. and close at midnight. Off-peak fares will be in effect all day. Parking at Metro lots and garages will be free. See Metro’s online Trip Planner for more specific schedule information.

Metrobus also will operate on a Sunday schedule. See Metro’s online timetables.

The MetroAccess paratransit service will operate during the same hours as Metrorail and Metrobus, but subscription trips will be cancelled.

Friday through Sunday

Metro will operate on its regular schedules for those days. Normal fares will be in effect.

On Saturday, Orange Line trains will operate every 20 minutes, because of work to prepare for the opening of the Silver Line early next year. The other lines will operate on regular weekend schedules.

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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