Tree lighting ceremony means street closures on Friday

December 5, 2013

President Obama and his family join entertainers  at last year’s annual lighting of the national Christmas tree. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

This post has been updated.

It’s that time of year, folks.

Friday is the 2013 National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, which means a bevy of street closures. The ceremony starts at 4:30 p.m.

Metro released the following detailed information about how this affect the evening commute for customers who take bus routes around the area.

Note that 15th Street NW between Constitution & Pennsylvania avenues and 17th Street NW between Constitution & New York avenues will be closed.

If you ride Metrobus, this means some changes to your normal routine.

According to Metro, the following routes will be affected:  3Y, 7Y, 11Y, 16X, 16Y, 32, 36, 37, 39, 42, 43, 52, 53, 54, 80, D1, D3, D5, D6, G8, H1, L1, N2, N3, N4, P6, P17, P19, S1, S2, S4, S9, W13, X1 and X2, may experience delays and unplanned detours as a result of rush hour street closures and traffic congestion near the White House. In addition, Route 16Y service will operate every 15 minutes during the event.

Other details:

If you ride Route 11Y you should plan to board buses on southbound 14th Street NW near Pennsylvania Avenue. If you ride the following routes, note that they will NOT be served during the ceremony.

• 18th Street and C Street NW

• 18th Street and E Street NW

• 18th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW

• H Street and 17th Street NW

• H Street and Madison Place NW

Still more details:

Routes H1, L1: Board buses on westbound C Street NW near 19th Street. The bus stop at C Street NW near 17th Street will not be served during the ceremony.

Routes P17, P19, W13: Board buses on southbound 13th Street at G Street NW. The following bus stops will not be served during the ceremony:

• 17th Street and H Street NW

• H Street and Madison Place NW

• H Street between 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Metro officials said riders should allow extra travel time. They also urge customers to sign up for  MetroAlerts to receive updated travel information. One possibility: Consider traveling on Metrorail to bypass downtown congestion. Customers using SmarTrip receive a 50 cent discount when transferring between Metrobus and Metrorail.

The D.C. Police offer these guidelines on street closures in the area, which will begin at 3 p.m. The street closures will end at the conclusion of the ceremony.

  •  15th Street, NW from Constitution Avenue, NW to E Street, NW
  •  15th Street, NW and New York Avenue, NW
  •  15th Street, NW and G Street, NW
  •  15th Street, NW and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
  •  15th Street, NW and F Street, NW
  •  15th Street, NW and Constitution Avenue, NW
  •  17th Street, NW Northbound from Constitution Avenue, NW to State Place/New York Avenue, NW
  •  17th Street, NW from C Street, NW to E Street, NW
  •  18th Street, NW Eastbound from D Street to E Street, NW

Also note, Constitution Avenue, NW between 14th Street, NW & 18th Street, NW will be a no truck zone.

 

Lori Aratani writes about how people live, work and play in the D.C. region for The Post’s Transportation and Development team.
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