Metro will offer special service for riders attending Independence Day celebrations, but the transit authority will squeeze in a bit of track work Friday night and Saturday. Here’s what to expect from Metro service throughout the holiday weekend:
Red Line: From 10 p.m. Friday through closing time, trains will share a track between New York and Rhode Island avenues. Metro will be smoothing the rail surfaces and working on the bridge near Rhode Island Avenue.
From 7 a.m. to midnight Saturday, trains will share a track between Rhode Island Avenue and Fort Totten. From midnight until 3 a.m. Sunday, trains will share one track between Fort Totten and Takoma. Riders should add about 20 minutes of travel time during these work hours.
Orange and Blue lines: Starting at 10 p.m. Friday and continuing all day Saturday till the 3 a.m. closing Sunday, trains will share a track between Eastern Market and Stadium-Armory. Workers will be replacing rail fasteners. On Saturday, trains will leave the ends of the lines about every 20 minutes.
The regular Sunday schedules apply. See a pdf with Metro weekend timetables.
Monday, July 4
Here’s where the service plan gets more complicated than on any other day of the year:
Metrorail: The system will open at 7 a.m. and close at midnight. Off-peak fares will be in effect all day. Parking will be free at all Metro lots and garages. Bicycles will not be permitted within the train system. Trains will be a mix of six cars and eight cars, depending on the time and circumstances.
For rider safety in crowded conditions, escalators at many downtown stations will be turned off.
Beginning at 3 p.m., every other Orange Line train traveling in the direction of New Carrollton will terminate at Stadium-Armory and return to Vienna.
After 6 p.m., all Yellow Line trains will operate between Huntington and Mount Vernon Square only. (During off-peak hours, they normally would continue north from Mount Vernon Square to Fort Totten.)
Also starting at 6 p.m., trains will leave about every eight minutes from the ends of each rail line, with two exceptions: They will leave about every four minutes from Shady Grove on the Red Line and from Vienna on the Orange Line. In downtown Washington, riders should see trains arriving at the platforms about every four minutes.
Metrobus: The buses will operate on a Saturday schedule. Because so many streets will be closed near the Mall and near other areas across the region where celebrations are occurring, many buses will detour. Check this page on the Metro Web site for the latest on detours.
MetroAccess: The service for disabled people will operate on a regular schedule, but all subscription trips will be canceled. Riders need to call 301-562-5360 for reservations or go to Metro’s Web site to book their trips.
To the extent possible, the transit authority says, MetroAccess will provide regular service after the fireworks, but this may be affected by road closings. If the trip is in downtown Washington, expect delays.
The Metro Customer Service Call Center will be open from 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday.
Avoid long lines at fare vending machines after events by loading up your paper Farecard or SmarTrip card for a round trip. A One-Day Pass, which costs $9, is good for Metrorail travel all day on July 4.
With Smithsonian closed most of the day, Federal Triangle Station is going to be very crowded. Better bets within walking distance of the Mall are Farragut North, Federal Center SW, Capitol South, L’Enfant Plaza, Archives, Union Station and Judiciary Square stations.
The transfer stations at Metro Center, Gallery Place and L’Enfant Plaza also will be very crowded. Avoid the hassle of transferring just to get a little closer to the Mall and walk the rest of the way.
Because of the changes in transit schedules and the disruptions on the streets, two Metro’s Trip Planner and the Next Bus arrival time calculator won’t be of much help on July 4.