[This post has been updated.]
The weather will be warmer for much of Presidents’ Day weekend, but it’s still not a big getaway time on the highways in the D.C. region, though there’s likely to be some extra traffic on Friday and Monday afternoons.
The Capital Weather Gang says Saturday and Sunday will be mainly sunny with highs in the mid-60s. Monday may be slightly cooler, but the weekend weather should pose no problem for your local travels.
The Disney on Ice figure skating show is at Verizon Center through the weekend, and that usually draws a good crowd to the Gallery Place-Chinatown area around the many showtimes.
A protest called the Not My President’s Day Rally is scheduled for 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday in Dupont Circle.
Alexandria’s annual George Washington Birthday Parade is set to begin at 1 p.m. Monday along a one-mile route through Old Town. See a map. Eight miles south, there’s free admission Monday at the first president’s home in Mount Vernon. See directions.
Monday also is a free-entrance day at the national parks, of which we have many in the greater Washington region.
Here’s the Saturday and Sunday schedule, unless otherwise indicated.
Red Line. On Saturday, trains are scheduled to leave the ends of the line at Shady Grove and Glenmont every 24 minutes. From 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., more trains will be in service between Shady Grove and NoMa-Gallaudet. Trains will share a track between Rhode Island Avenue and Takoma while crews work on switch maintenance. On Sunday, regular service is scheduled.
Orange Line. Regular weekend service is scheduled.
Silver Line. Trains are scheduled to operate every 20 minutes between Wiehle-Reston East and Largo, but they will be sharing a track between Addison Road and Largo while crews work on communications cables. This schedule will be in effect through Monday.
Blue Line. The SafeTrack maintenance project that has temporarily eliminated the Blue Line is scheduled to continue till the end of February, but the impact is a bit different on weekends. The Yellow Line Rush Plus will operate every 20 minutes between Franconia-Springfield and Reagan National Airport. (On weekdays, it operates between Franconia-Springfield and Greenbelt.) A rider approaching Reagan National from the north should take the Yellow Line train bound for Huntington.
Arlington Cemetery station remains closed. Free shuttle buses operate between Pentagon and Arlington Cemetery.
Yellow Line. Trains are scheduled to operate every 20 minutes between Huntington and Mount Vernon Square. The trains will share a track between L’Enfant Plaza and Pentagon City while crews work on station ceiling tiles. This schedule will be in effect through Monday.
Green Line. Regular weekend service is scheduled.
Metro on Presidents’ Day
On the Monday holiday, Metrorail will open at 5 a.m. and close at midnight. In general, trains are scheduled to operate every six to 15 minutes during the day, but note the exceptions listed above for the Silver and Yellow lines. Because of the SafeTrack maintenance project, the track between Pentagon and Rosslyn via Arlington Cemetery will be closed. There will be no Blue Line service at all. Off-peak fares will be in effect all day, and the Metro lots and garages will offer free parking.
Metrobuses will operate on a Saturday supplemental schedule, providing extra service on certain routes, but some after-midnight trips on the Saturday schedule will not operate. See Metrobus timetables.
The MetroAccess paratransit service will operate on its regular schedule, but subscription trips will be cancelled. So people with subscription trips should call for a Monday reservation.
D.C. holiday travel
On Presidents’ Day, the District suspends most parking enforcement and street restrictions, but the Department of Public Works does enforce the parking rules along H Street and Benning Road NE where the streetcar operates.
95 Express Lanes/I395 HOV
The 95 Express Lanes and the I-395 HOV lanes will follow the regular reversal schedule this weekend and on the Monday holiday.
Route 606 in Loudoun
Watch for lane closings on Sunday night along Route 606 between Evergreen Mills Road and Pebble Run Place, the Virginia Department of Transportation said. Workers will be shifting traffic onto new pavement. One lane of Route 606 will close at 10 p.m. There will be occasional full closing of up to 20 minutes between midnight and 5 a.m.
This is the first in a series of traffic shifts to allow construction between Evergreen Mills Road and the future Arcola Boulevard intersection, VDOT said. These shifts also will allow the new segment of the Loudoun County Parkway to open as scheduled this fall.
Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring
Watch for single-lane closings on northbound Georgia Avenue between Spring and Cameron streets on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sections of the sidewalk also may be closed during the repair of a building along Georgia Avenue.