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Thanksgiving getaway: Transit and transportation changes

It’s Thanksgiving week, which means travelers are already heading out of town. It also means a lot of transit changes that could impact you whether you’re hitting the road or still heading to work on Thursday and Friday.

The Capital Weather Gang is predicting rain and wind for Wednesday, followed by much nicer weather on Thursday. If you’re flying on Wednesday, make sure to check with your airline before you leave the house because inclement weather could cause big delays.

Dr. Gridlock has already given out lots of advice for travelers, but in case you missed any of it:

Some tips for travelers seeking the best routes and travel times.

● Dr. Gridlock’s holiday getaway guide.

● A live discussion with readers tackling, in part, holiday travel.

● The live Google+ Hangout where Dr. Gridlock and Dana Hedgpeth discussed holiday travel with area transportation officials.

There will also be plenty of transit and transportation changes caused by the holiday. Here's our roundup:

Parking Enforcement

D.C.: No parking tickets will be issued for expired meters, rush hour lane violations or residential parking violations on Thursday. The District Department of Public Works will also not tow abandoned vehicles on Thursday. Parking enforcement resumes on Friday.

Alexandria, Va.: Parking enforcement is lifted on Thursday and Friday.

Arlington, Va.: Parking meters are not enforced on Thursday and Friday.

Montgomery County: Parking meters are not enforced on Thursday.


On Thursday, Metrorail and Metrobus will be operating on a Sunday schedule (opening at 7 a.m. and closing at midnight) and parking will be free at all Metrorail station parking facilities. On Friday, Metrorail and Metrobus will run regular Friday service (opening at 5 a.m. and closing at 3 a.m.).

Metro will also be adding additional buses to the 5A route for travelers heading to Dulles. There will be no significant track work over the Thanksgiving holiday.


There will be no MARC service on Thursday and Friday. If you’re a Penn Line rider, remember that Amtrak does not accept MARC weekly and monthly tickets on days when there is no MARC service.

And here are a few changes that should be noted by MARC riders aiming to leave work early on Wednesday:

● Brunswick Line trains 871 and 877 will run, while train 879 will hold for 20 minutes in Union Station. The 4:55 p.m. Brunswick Line departure from Union Station won’t be operating.

● Camden Line train 852 will be operating and making all stops to Camden Yards, while the 5:51 p.m. Camden Line departure won’t be running.

● The larger Penn Line train sets for rush hour travel will be used beginning with train 520 (departing at 12:20 p.m.). There will also be an extra Penn Line train leaving Washington at 2:50 p.m. and making all stops to Perryville. The 5:25 p.m. Penn Line departure will hold for 25 minutes in Washington.


The Virginia Railway Express won’t run on Thursday. The rail agency will be operating on an “S” schedule on Friday.

There will also be additional cars for the Fredericksburg Line on Wednesday afternoon to alleviate potential overcrowding as people leave work early.

Ride On

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


Alexandria’s DASH system will not run on Thursday, but it will resume full service on Friday.

Arlington Transit

On Thursday, Arlington Transit will run ART routes 41 and 51 on Sunday schedules. On Friday, ART routes 41, 42, 51 and 87 will run on Saturday schedules.

The STAR call center will also be closed on Thursday and Friday. Standing orders are canceled for both days; call 703-892-TRIP (8747) to schedule rides.

Fairfax Connector

The Fairfax Connector is running a Sunday schedule on Thursday and a holiday weekday schedule on Friday.


There will be no OmniRide service on Thursday. On Friday, there will be a modified holiday schedule with limited service. (Check your particular schedule to see if it will be running.)


TheBus in Prince George’s County will not run on Thursday.

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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