[This post has been updated.]
With almost all road and track work suspended for the long holiday weekend, the main obstacle to weekend travel is likely to be Saturday’s weather. People will be getting back from their holiday getaways over the next few days, but the flexibility of Christmas season travel means local highways should not experience a crush as intensive as the Thanksgiving return.
There are signs that precipitation may become more common across the region in the coming period as showers develop to our southwest. Temperatures have ticked up many places though and most spots are above freezing, with readings already near forecast highs. It remains hard to say how much, if any, snow might be able to be salvaged.
The weather will be much chillier on Sunday — something to keep in mind if you’re going to the Redskins game — but indoor enthusiasts might visit the National Archives to see the Emancipation Proclamation on its 150th anniversary.
Here are some details to help with your travels over the next few days.
Football at FedEx
Kickoff for the Sunday game between the Redskins and Cowboys has been moved to 8:20 p.m. Under an agreement in which the team finances extra service, Metrorail will stay open later to get fans home from the Blue Line’s Morgan Boulevard station, a little less than a mile south of FedEx Field.
The last Blue Line train headed toward Franconia-Springfield will leave Morgan Boulevard at 12:25 a.m., and the last Blue Line train to Largo Town Center will leave at 1:33 a.m.
To make connections with the Orange Line, transfer at Stadium-Armory; for the Green or Yellow lines, transfer at L’Enfant Plaza; and for the Red Line, transfer at Metro Center. Riders will be able to exit at any station, but after the normal midnight closing time, no one will be allowed to enter at any station other than Morgan Boulevard.
Metro weekend delays
From 10 p.m. Friday through the rail system’s closing on Sunday, Green Line trains will share a track between Greenbelt and College Park, the area where Metro is building a test track for the new 7000 series rail cars. During the weekend, every other train will end its run at College Park, rather than Greenbelt. The trains will operate normally between College Park and Branch Avenue, but add 10 minutes of extra travel time to get through the work zone, Metro said.
Red Line trains will share a track between Friendship Heights and Medical Center after 8 p.m. Sunday.
On New Year’s Eve, Metrorail and Metrobus will operate on a regular weekday schedule, but Metrorail will stay open till about 2 a.m. The last-train times vary by station, so it’s important to check the schedule for the station you plan to use. For New Year’s Eve, add two hours to the normal weeknight departure time of the last train.
On New Year’s Day, Metrorail and Metrobus will operate at the reduced level of service typical of a Sunday. Metrorail will be open from 7 a.m. to midnight. MetroAccess subscription trips are cancelled for New Year’s Day.
Metro has scheduled New Year’s Day track work for the Red Line starting at 8 p.m. between Friendship Heights and Medical Center. Trains will share a track through the work zone. On the Blue Line, trains operating after 8 p.m. will share a track between Franconia-Springfield and Van Dorn Street.
Post reporter Mark Berman compiled a schedule for these other transit lines.
On Friday (Dec. 28), MARC will operate on all three lines. But Penn Line train 640 will be canceled, Camden Line 852 will be canceled and Brunswick Line train 879 will be canceled. Read the full list of adjustments here.
Monday: The Penn and Brunswick Lines will run on an “S” schedule. Only trains with an “S” under their train number in the timetables will operate. (Some trains will make extra stops as noted in the timetables.) There will be no service on the Camden Line, but Camden Line tickets will be honored on the Penn Line.
Tuesday: No MARC service. (Penn Line riders: Amtrak doesn’t honor MARC weekly and monthly tickets on weekdays with no MARC service.)
Monday: VRE will operate on an “S” schedule.
Tuesday: No service.
DASH buses in Alexandria
Monday: DASH will provide free shuttle service for First Night Alexandria between the King Street Metrorail Station and the Potomac River waterfront, starting at 6 p.m. Monday. DASH bus and trolley service along King Street will operate until 1 a.m.
Tuesday: There is no DASH service except for the King Street Trolley, which will operate every 15 minutes between the Metrorail station and the river from 11:30 a.m. to 10:15 p.m.
On Tuesday, buses will operate on a Sunday schedule.
No service on Tuesday.
Loudoun County Transit
Check this schedule for the Monday service. On Tuesday, no buses will operate.
A few extra OmniRide buses will operate on Friday (Dec. 28). But the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission warns travelers to expect crowding and advises riders to take Metro or another regional bus and transfer if that’s an option.
Monday: Regular service, but there will be a few extra afternoon and evening buses due to an expected increase of people heading out early in the day.
Tuesday: No service.
Montgomery County Ride On
On Tuesday, buses will operate on a Sunday schedule. Look here to see if your bus will be running.
TheBus in Prince George’s
No service on Tuesday.
Virginia HOV rules
Monday: Normal HOV restrictions are in effect in Northern Virginia. I-95/395 reversible lanes will remain southbound New Year’s Eve night and New Year’s Day.
Tuesday, Jan. 1: HOV restrictions on I-95, I-395 and I-66 are lifted. I-95/395 reversible lanes will remain southbound until midnight New Year’s Day and switch to northbound by 2 a.m. Wednesday.
Wednesday: Normal HOV restrictions are in effect.
D.C. holiday traffic
On New Year’s Day, the District will not enforce the rules on parking meters, residential parking and rush hour lane use. But New Year’s Eve is not a holiday, so all the rules will be in effect on Monday.
Ride sober for New Year’s
For making plans to celebrate on New Year’s Eve, here’s one last reminder about the holiday season’s SoberRide program: It will be operating from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. to help keep the roads safe by giving adults who have had too much to drink an alternative to driving home.
During SoberRide’s hours, D.C. area residents can call the toll-free number, 800-200-TAXI (8294) and get a ride home in a cab. It’s free for the first $30 of the ride.
Monday is the last day for Metrorail riders to use the seven-day paper Fast Passes. This version of the Fast Pass has been available on SmarTrip cards since April. As part of this year’s restructuring of the fare system, intended to push more riders toward the reusable plastic cards, the transit authority discontinued sales of the paper version in August.
When the new year starts, only the SmarTrip version will be accepted at the fare gates. The seven-day Fast Pass, good for seven consecutive days of rail travel, costs $57.50. Riders either buy the pass through their online accounts, or they add it at a Farecard & Passes machine in one of the Metrorail stations. To create an online account, go to Metro’s Web site at www.wmata.com and click on the SmarTrip icon.
Starting Tuesday, Alexandria’s DASH buses will discontinue use of paper transfers. Riders paying with SmarTrip cards will have the transfer automatically added to their cards.