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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Metrobus route changes

Many Metrobus routes will have new schedules starting Sunday. Some highlights:

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-- The Q2/Veirs Mill Road Line, which operates between Shady Grove and Silver Spring and has one of the highest riderships in the Metrobus system, will be split into two routes, and two new routes will be added.

-- The 28/Leesburg Pike Line, connecting King Street Station with Tysons Corner, is adding a limited-stop service to speed travel. The new 28X route will serve 13 stops on Leesburg Pike and Broad Street between Tysons Corner and Baileys Crossroads during peak periods weekdays.

-- Three D.C. routes are being restructured to improve service and reliability. These are the new lines: Glover Park-Federal Triangle Line (D1), Ivy City-Dupont Circle Line (D3) and Ivy City-Franklin Square Line (D4).

Three other bus routes -- D5, D6, and D8 -- are being adjusted to provide more frequent service in combination with the new routes.

Football at FedEx

The Blue Line's Morgan Boulevard Station, closest to FedEx Field, will stay open late Sunday for fans leaving the Redskins game.

The last train from Morgan Boulevard heading toward Franconia-Springfield will leave at 12:27 a.m. If the game goes into overtime, Metro says, it will make sure trains are available to get football fans home.

Pennsylvania Avenue project

The District Department of Transportation is scheduled to begin construction on the Pennsylvania Avenue SE Great Streets project Monday. The reconstruction work will occur along two miles between 27th Street and Southern Avenue.

The first five months of the project will require only temporary, single-lane closures. The work hours during this phase will be 9:30 am. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. After that, the project will need to close some lanes around the clock.

Metro's hours for New Year's

Metro staff had originally proposed the New Year's Day schedule with a midnight closing for the rail system. Ridership is always light on New Year's Day. This year's New Year's Day ridership was 152,000.

But Metro board member Neil Albert, who also serves as D.C. city administrator, objected to that plan and asked the staff to reconsider. He said that because New Year's Day is a Friday night, many people would be out in the city's entertainment centers and looking for a ride home on Metro. The rail system normally stays open until 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights.

Staff reconsidered and added two hours on New Year's Day. Here's the full holiday schedule:

New Year's Eve: Metrorail will operate on a weekday schedule, opening at 5 a.m. and staying open until 2 a.m. Metrobus will operate on a weekday schedule, also continuing until 2 a.m. MetroAccess will operate normally.

New Year's Day: Metrorail will open at 7 a.m. and close at 2 a.m. Metrobus will operate on a Sunday schedule. MetroAccess will operate normally.

More airport buses

Metrobus plans to add service to the B30 route from Greenbelt Station to BWI Marshall Airport and to the 5A from the L'Enfant Plaza and Rosslyn stations to Dulles International Airport. These buses are crowded around the holidays, the 5A especially, so consider how much luggage you want to haul aboard.

B30: On Monday and Jan. 3, service every 20 minutes from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Additional southbound trips from BWI will be available Sunday and on Jan. 4.

5A: From Tuesday to Thursday, the 5A will operate every 15 to 20 minutes from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

On Saturday, the 5A will operate every 30 minutes from noon to 11 p.m. Depending on ridership demand, extra service will be available Jan. 3.

Toll Road reminder

On New Year's Day, rates on the Dulles Toll Road will increase by 25 cents at the main toll plaza and 25 cents at the ramps. That means drivers will pay $1 at the plaza and 75 cents at the ramps.

For traffic information, go to http://www.washingtonpost.com/traffic.


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