Sunday, April 13, 2008

Metrorail Records

For the first time this year, a day's worth of rail ridership broke into Metro's top 10 list of travel dates. The transit authority said people took 801,370 rail trips Wednesday, placing it at No. 9 on the all-time list for ridership.

Four of the top 10 dates are from 2007. The all-time leader is June 9, 2004, the date of Ronald Reagan's funeral, when ridership totaled 850,636. Over the years, the Cherry Blossom Festival often has pushed a date into the top 10. That was a factor Wednesday, but so was a series of evening sports events at Nationals Park, Verizon Center and RFK Stadium.

Thursday, the date of the papal mass at Nationals Park, could challenge for top 10 membership.

Beltway Closures

The lane closings on the Capital Beltway at Branch Avenue have been rescheduled for next weekend. The project, which involves construction of a bridge across the Beltway, is likely to disrupt traffic for up to 17 hours Saturday and Sunday.

Lane closings on the Beltway are scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Saturday and could continue until 1 p.m. Sunday. The ramp from southbound Branch Avenue to northbound Interstate 95 (the Beltway's outer loop) also will be closed during that time. Traffic will be detoured around the blocked lanes and ramps. Traffic backups are likely to be extensive.

Bay Bridge Closings

Several construction-related closings are scheduled for the westbound span of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. The right lane will be closed from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. tomorrow through Thursday. The left lane will be closed from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

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