The pro-life March for Life rally is expected to attract hundreds of thousands Friday, just days after last weekend’s Women’s March on Washington and Presidential Inauguration challenged the region’s transit systems and clogged District roads and highways.
Commuters should be encouraged by last weekend’s performance by Metro - more than 1 million Metrorail rides were registered last Saturday for the Women’s March, while there were more than 570,000 Metrorail trips Friday for the Inauguration.
Metro has adjusted its midday schedule to deal with the influx of people. Between the morning and evening rush hours, Metro will run trains about every 8 minutes on each line, resulting in service every 2-4 minutes at stations in the center of downtown. Meanwhile, Metro will run more eight-car trains (the longest train length possible), cancel midday track work and surge additional staff to help visitors, Metro General Manager Paul J. Wiedefeld said.
The march is scheduled to begin with a rally at noon near the Washington Monument near the corner of 15th Street and Constitution. The march begins at 1 p.m., proceeding east on Constitution Avenue before concluding around 3 p.m. at the U.S. Supreme Court. Participants will then disperse to visit House and Senate offices to lobby members on the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision.
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