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Memorial Day transit and transportation changes

Monday is Memorial Day, which means there will be quite a few transportation and transit changes in honor of the holiday.

If you are heading out of town, make sure to check out the Summer Getaway Guide with routes for driving out of the D.C. region. And regardless of whether you’re staying or going, look at Dr. Gridlock’s preview of traffic and transit issues facing commuters this weekend and beyond. The Capital Weather Gang forecast calls for heat, heat and more heat.

Here’s what you need to know for getting around Monday:


Metrorail will open at 7 a.m. and close at midnight. Trains will operate on a Sunday schedule. Off-peak fares will be in effect all day, while parking will be free at any Metrorail parking station.

Metrobus will also run on a Sunday schedule.

MetroAccess subscription trips are canceled for Monday. If you want to travel on Monday, make a separate reservation.

The Metro work zones remain through the Metrorail system closing at midnight. Here’s a reminder of what this means (and for a full rundown of the work, head here):

• Green Line: Buses will replace trains between Greenbelt and Fort Totten. Metro will operate express and local shuttles. The local will stop at all stations between Greenbelt and Fort Totten. A rider who did the entire trip this way probably would add about 50 minutes to normal travel time, Metro estimated. An express bus, traveling between Greenbelt and Fort Totten without stops, probably will add about half an hour to normal travel time.

• Yellow Line: No work is scheduled, but because of the work on the Green Line, Yellow Line trains will operate only as far north as Mount Vernon Square. Yellow Line riders who want to continue north of Mount Vernon Square will need to switch to the Green Line trains, which arrive on the same platform.

• Red Line: Trains will share a track between Forest Glen and Takoma. Trains are scheduled to leave the ends of the line every 20 minutes. Metro said riders should add about 10 minutes to normal weekend travel times, though many weekend riders find their delays are longer than that. From 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., additional trains will operate between Shady Grove and New York Avenue. In that zone, trains should arrive about every 10 minutes, Metro said.

Parking Enforcement

D.C.: Parking enforcement is lifted, so there won’t be ticketing for expired meters or violating residential parking, street sweeping and rush-hour lane restrictions. There won’t be any booting, towing or removal of abandoned vehicles.

Alexandria: Parking enforcement is lifted. (Remember, the city is hosting a jazz festival that day, so expect additional parking near that event.)

Arlington: Parking meters are not enforced.

Montgomery County: Parking at public garages and lots will be free on Monday, as will parking at the county’s parking meters.

National Memorial Day Parade

The National Memorial Day Parade is scheduled for Monday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Constitution Avenue NW parade route will be closed from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. The parade itself starts at Seventh Street and Madison Drive NW and ends at 17th Street and Constitution Avenue. Seventh Street will be closed from Constitution Avenue to Independence Avenue NW.

Ride On

Montgomery County’s Ride On service will run a Sunday schedule on Monday.


There will be no Maryland Area Regional Commuter train service Monday.


The Virginia Railway Express will not run Monday.


Alexandria’s DASH system will run a Sunday schedule on Monday.

Arlington Transit

Arlington Transit will run ART routes 41 and 51 on Sunday schedules. No other ART routes will operate.

Fairfax Connector

The Fairfax Connector is running a Sunday schedule on Monday. Connector Stores will be closed Monday.


There will be no OmniRide bus service Monday.

Mark Berman is a reporter on the National staff. He runs Post Nation, a destination for breaking news and developing stories from around the country.


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