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No Metro weekend work during Cherry Blossom Festival

Visitors stroll along the Tidal Basin in March 2012. (Charles Dharapak – AP)

The National Cherry Blossom Festival is set to run from March 20 to April 14, with the peak bloom date predicted between March 26 and March 30. (Read Alex Kane Rudansky’s story for more.)

But sharp-eyed cherry blossom fanatics will note that March 30 is a Saturday, which is part of the weekend, and weekends are when Metro’s track work ramps up and its service wanes.

In case you’re wondering: No, Metro won’t perform any track work during the festival. The transit agency had already scheduled a break in track work between the weekends of March 15-17 (when three Red Line stops will be closed) and April 19-21 (when two Orange Line stations will close).

Metro reports that ridership increases by more than 15 percent during the cherry blossom season. But the agency also notes that weekend ridership can significantly increase when there’s nice weather. If you’re going to see the cherry blossoms or just heading out during the festival, be ready to encounter larger crowds.

Mark Berman covers national news for The Washington Post and anchors Post Nation, a destination for breaking news and stories from around the country.

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