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Transit changes for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington. (Nikki Kahn/THE WASHINGTON POST)


Metrorail will open at 5 a.m. and close at midnight. Trains will be running on a Saturday schedule. Metrobus will also be running on a Saturday supplemental schedule, with some late night trips canceled. (Click here for a full rundown of bus service.) As Dr. Gridlock noted, there will be issues on the Orange, Blue and Red lines.

Orange/Blue Lines:

The Federal Center SW and Capitol South stations will be closed. Free shuttle buses will replace Blue and Orange line trains between L’Enfant Plaza and Eastern Market. This will last through midnight on Monday, when Metro closes.

Metro says Blue Line trains will operate every 16 minutes between Franconia-Springfield and L’Enfant Plaza, and between Eastern Market and Largo Town Center. Orange Line trains will operate every 16 minutes between Vienna and L’Enfant Plaza, and between Eastern Market and New Carrollton.

At the stations on both the Orange and Blue line, a train should arrive at the platform about every eight minutes.

Red Line:

Trains will share the same tracks between Dupont Circle and Friendship Heights and between Takoma and Forest Glen. Expect delays on the Red Line. This also will last until the Metro system closes on Monday at midnight.

Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Parade

The parade will assemble in the parking lot of the Friendship Public Charter School (600 Milwaukee Place SE). The parade itself runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, but street closures begin at 10:30 a.m. The following streets on the route will be closed to traffic:

● Southwest on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE to South Capitol Street.

●South on South Capitol Street back onto Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SW.

●Southwest on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SW to 4201 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SW (Leckie Elementary School), where it will disband.

As with any event like this, there could be delays in the vicinity, so try to avoid driving through there if you can help it.

Parking Enforcement

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

Alexandria: Parking enforcement is lifted .)

Arlington: Parking meters are not enforced on Monday.

Montgomery County: Parking at public garages and lots is free on Monday.

Ride On

Montgomery County’s Ride On service will run a special modified holiday schedule on Monday. (In other words, they will have service on every route, but there will be fewer trips during the day.)


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


Virginia Railway Express will not run on Monday.


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

Arlington Transit

Arlington Transit will run ART routes 41, 42, 51 and 87 on Saturday schedules. No other ART routes will operate.

Fairfax Connector

The Fairfax Connector is running a holiday weekday schedule on Monday.


There will be OmniRide bus service on Monday, but it will run a modified holiday schedule. Head here to see if your route runs on the modified holiday schedule.

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



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