[This post has been updated on Thursday, Dec. 22, at 12:10 p.m.]

The year comes to a close with back-to-back three-day weekends. Christmas is Sunday, but the holiday will be recognized on Monday as far as most federal employees and other workers are concerned. Whether you’ll be celebrating the holiday or just enjoying the extra day off, you’ll likely need to get somewhere.

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

Traffic and transit tips.

Travelers plan their getaway strategies.

Advice for people driving through Virginia.

As with any holiday, there will be plenty of transit and transportation changes. Here's our roundup of what you need to know:


Metro will operate normal service on Friday, with additional extra afternoon trains planned to facilitate the holiday getaway.

Metrorail will run normal service on Saturday (7 a.m. to 3 a.m.) and Sunday (7 a.m. until midnight).

On Monday, Metrorail will run holiday service (7 a.m. until midnight), while Metrobuses will run on a Sunday schedule.

Parking Enforcement

D.C.: Regular parking enforcement will be in effect on Saturday. Parking meters, residential parking and rush hour restrictions won’t be enforced on Monday. (The District Department of Public Works also won’t tow abandoned vehicles on Monday.) Normal enforcement resumes on Tuesday.

Alexandria, Va.: Parking enforcement is lifted from Friday through Monday.

Arlington, Va.: Parking meters are not enforced on Sunday and Monday.

Montgomery County: Parking meters are not enforced on Monday; parking at public garages and lots is free on Monday.

Ride On

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


There will be no MARC service on Monday. Some MARC schedules will be changed on Friday, Dec. 23, so make note of this if you’re leaving work early for the holiday weekend:

Brunswick Line:

●● A train leaving Union Station at 2:40 p.m. will stop at Silver Spring, Rockville, Germantown, Point of Rocks, Brunswick and the West Virginia stations.

● The 4:55 p.m. departure won’t operate.

●The 5:40 p.m. train leaving Union Station will hold an extra 20 minutes and leave at 6 p.m.

Camden Line

● There will be a 2 p.m. departure from Union Station making all stops to Camden Yard.

● The 5:51 p.m. depature won’t operate.

Penn Line:

● There will be an extra Penn Line train leaving Union Station at 2:50 p.m. and making all stop to Perryville.

● The 5:25 p.m. train leaving Union Station will hold an extra 25 minutes and leave at 5:50 p.m.


The Virginia Railway Express will be operating on an “S” schedule on Friday. There will be no VRE service on Monday.


Alexandria’s DASH system will stop service on Saturday at 7 p.m. There will be no service on Sunday and a Sunday schedule on Monday.

Arlington Transit

On Saturday, Arlington Transit will run ART routes 41, 42, 51 and 87 on Saturday schedules. On Sunday and Monday, ART routes 41 and 51 will run on Sunday schedules. No other ART routes will run those days.

The STAR call center will also be closed on Sunday and Monday. It will be open on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 703-892-TRIP (8747) to schedule rides.

Fairfax Connector

The Fairfax Connector is running a Saturday schedule on Saturday and a Sunday schedule on Sunday and Monday.


There will be a few extra OmniRide buses running on Thursday afternoon. On Friday, there will be a modified holiday schedule with limited service. Check your particular schedule to see if it will be running. There will be no service on Monday.