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Thanksgiving transit, transportation changes

Plenty of travelers are heading out of town for the Thanksgiving holiday, with more travelers hitting the road this year than last year. (If you are leaving town, make sure to read Dr. Gridlock’s getaway guide.) 

But if you are staying in the Washington area, you need to be aware of some transit and transportation changes. Here’s what you need to know for getting around on Thursday and beyond:

[This post has been updated.]



Thursday: Metrorail will run a Sunday schedule. The system will be open from 7 a.m. until midnight. Metrobus will run a Sunday schedule. (Take a look at the bus timetables to see if your route is running.) MetroAccess will run during the same hours as rail and bus, but subscriptions are canceled for the holiday. 

Friday: Normal weekday rail and bus service. 

Metro has also suspended track work from Thursday through Sunday, with track work resuming on Sunday night.


There will be no Maryland Area Regional Commuter train service on Thursday or Friday.


Thursday: The Virginia Railway Express will not run.

Friday: It will operate on an “S” schedule.

Arlington Transit

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

Friday: ART routes 41425177 and 87 will run on Saturday schedules. No other ART routes will operate.


Thursday: No DASH service. 

Friday: Regular weekday DASH service. (The King Street Trolley will begin running at 6 a.m. to ferry shoppers to Old Town Alexandria) 

Fairfax Connector

Thursday: Buses will operate on a Sunday schedule.

Friday: Buses will run on a holiday weekday schedule

Fairfax CUE

Thursday: No service.

Friday: Modified weekday service. Check the schedules to see what routes will be operating.

Loudoun County Transit

Thursday: Buses will not run.

Friday: Buses will run on a reduced schedule. Here’s a rundown of what buses will be operating.

NOTE: Buses will also run a special schedule on Wednesday, Nov. 21. Some afternoon buses will be canceled. Here’s the schedule.


Thursday: No service.

Friday:  Buses will run on a limited holiday schedule. Take a look at the schedule to see what routes will be running.

NOTE: A few extra OmniRide buses will operate on Wednesday, Nov. 21. But the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission warns travelers to expect crowding on Wednesday and advises that riders take Metro or another regional bus and transfer if that’s an option. 

Ride On

Thursday: Buses will operate on a Sunday schedule. Head here to see if your bus will be running.

[UPDATE] Friday: Buses will run a regular weekday schedule.


Thursday: No service. 

Friday: All buses will operate except routes 51, 51 extended 52 and 53.


D.C.: Parking meters, residential parking rules and rush hour lane restrictions will not be enforced on Thursday. (Also, there won’t be any towing of abandoned vehicles.) Parking enforcement is in effect on Friday.

Arlington County: Parking enforcement is lifted on Thursday and Friday.

Alexandria: Parking enforcement is lifted on Thursday and Friday. 

Montgomery County: Parking at public garages, lots and meters is free 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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