The first section of Metro's Yellow Line is scheduled to open at 8 a.m. today, providing rail service between Northern Virginia and downtown Washington.

Metro will offer free one-way rides on the Yellow Line from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. Two ceremonies are also scheduled. The first is at 11 a.m. at Amelia's Restaurant in the Crystal Underground shopping mall near the Crystal City station. The other is at 12:30 p.m. at the Seventh and H Streets NW entrance to the Gallery Place station.

Trains on the Yellow Line will stop at National Airport, Crystal City, Pentagon City and the Pentagon. They will cross the Potomac River on a bridge east of the 14th Street automobile bridges. Other stops on the Yellow Line will be L'Enfant Plaza, Archives and Gallery Place.

L'Enfant Plaza is a transfer point for the Blue Line. Archives is a new station, at Seventh Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Gallery Place is a transfer point for the Red Line. A new Gallery Place entrance will open at Seventh and H streets NW in the Chinatown area.

No change in bus service is planned for about two months. On June 26, Metro is scheduled to eliminate most bus service across the 14th Street bridges.