Be prepared for packed roads and highways as families try to rush out of town for one final getaway this Labor Day weekend. Don’t loiter at the office on Friday afternoon; your departure time should be 12-1 p.m. to avoid greater-than-normal “Federal Friday” traffic.
On Metrorail this weekend, four Red Line stations will be closed: White Flint, Grosvenor-Strathmore, Medical Center and Bethesda. The Orange, Silver and Blue Lines will be single-tracking at various points along their routes (details below).
On Labor Day, Metrorail will open at 8 a.m. and close at 11 p.m., with trains operating on a Sunday schedule. Off-peak fares will be in effect all day. Parking will be free at all Metrorail parking facilities.
- Friday: 69/58, cloudy, 20% precip, 51% humidity
- Saturday: 68/62, scattered thunderstorms, 60% precip, 90% humidity
- Sunday: 79/62, partly cloudy, 10% precip, 69% humidity
- Monday (Labor Day): 84/67, 10% precip, 61% humidity
White Flint, Grosvenor-Strathmore, Medical Center and Bethesda will be closed both this weekend and the following weekend (Sept. 9-10) while crews continue leak mitigation repairs, rail-tie renewal and joint elimination. https://www.wmata.com/service/status/details/weekend.cfm
Free shuttle buses will operate between Friendship Heights, Bethesda, Medical Center, Grosvenor-Strathmore, White Flint and Twinbrook. Allow 10 minutes of travel time for each station stop.
To allow for shuttle bus connections, the last trains will depart:
- Shady Grove at 11:45 p.m. Saturday, 9:45 p.m. Sunday and Monday, 40 minutes earlier than normal.
- Glenmont at 12:33 a.m. Saturday, and 10:33 p.m. Sunday and Monday, regular time.
Tap your SmarTrip card each time you enter and exit the Metrorail system. Riders traveling through the work zone will be charged for a single, continuous trip.
Orange and Silver Lines
The Orange and Silver Lines will be single-tracking between Clarendon and East Falls Church stations to allow for cable installation installation along tunnel walls to improve cell phone coverage. Expect trains every 24 minutes from 7 a.m. Saturday through closing Monday.
The Blue Line will be single-tracking between Van Dorn Street and Franconia-Springfield to allow for platform edge repair, fence repair and rail-tie renewal. Expect trains every 24 minutes from 7 a.m. Saturday through closing Monday.
Yellow and Green Lines: Regular weekend service.
Meanwhile, the King Street Trolley operates as normal, with rides available every 10-15 minutes between the King Street Metrorail Station and the Waterfront.
- Sunday-Wednesday: 10:30 a.m.-10:15 p.m.
- Thursday-Saturday: 10:30 a.m.-12 a.m.
Roads and Highways
All lane closures throughout the District are being suspended for the Labor Day weekend, including active roadway construction projects. The moratorium on closures will be in effect from 12 p.m. Friday through Monday, according to the District Department of Transportation (DDOT).
Lane closures will be prohibited for non-emergency work on roadways, sidewalks and other public space, including manhole access.
DDOT will also lift rush-hour reversible lanes for Labor Day.
D.C. Holiday Parking Enforcement
In observance of Labor Day, parking regulations, including expired meters and residential parking, will be suspended with two exceptions.
DC Streetcar parking enforcement occurs daily, including weekends and holidays along the DC Streetcar line on H Street/Benning Road NE, between 3rd Street and Oklahoma Avenue NE. On Sundays and holidays, enforcement runs between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m.; on Friday and Saturday, enforcement is between 6 a.m. and 2 a.m.
There will be parking restrictions and enforcement around the Nationals Park neighborhood Monday.
Normal enforcement citywide resumes Tuesday.
Be prepared for heavier-than-usual weekend traffic volume on the Express Lanes. Last year, the busiest travel times on the regular I-95 lanes and the 95 Express Lanes before Labor Day weekend were Wednesday between 4 to 7 p.m. and Thursday between 2 to 6 p.m. Here is this weekend’s holiday schedule:
- Friday: Southbound reversal begins at 10 a.m.
- Saturday: Lanes reverse to northbound at 2 p.m.
- Sunday: Lanes remain northbound
- Monday (Labor Day): Express Lanes remain northbound all day
- Tuesday: End of early summer reversal - southbound reversal begins at 11 a.m.
There will be no service on VRE or MARC on Labor Day.