Monday is the Martin Luther King, Jr. day holiday, so we can expect lighter traffic and less congestion on the transit systems. But it’s important to be aware of schedule changes and other adjustments as a result of the holiday, as well as the best way to get to any MLK Day events.
Let’s take a look at what to expect if you’re planning to move about the region Monday.
Metro - Trains will run from 5 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., operating on a Saturday schedule. This means trains will run every 12 minutes during peak times. Riders will be charged off-peak fares and there will be no charge to park at Metro lots.
Metro will continue its track work on the Red and Yellow lines Monday. This includes a shutdown of service on the Yellow line from Pentagon to L’Enfant Plaza, and single tracking from Grosvenor to Medical Center.
Buses will also operate using the Saturday schedule. MetroAccess will operate as normal, though subscription service will be cancelled unless specifically requested.
MARC Train - There will be no Camden Line or Brunswick Line service. The Penn Line will operate using an “R” schedule. The last train from Union Station to Baltimore will depart at 7:40 p.m.
MTA Buses - The Maryland Transit Administration will not operate commuter buses on MLK Day, except for Bus 201, which will operate on a weekend/holiday schedule.
Arlington Transit - Most ART buses will not run, except for ART 41,42,43,45,51,55,77, and 87.
Loudoun County - There will be no Premium Commuter Bus Service into D.C. Loudoun County will operate limited bus service to the Wiehle-Reston East Metro station only.
VRE - There will be no VRE service on Monday.
Visiting the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
If you are planning to honor Dr. King with a visit to his memorial, the closest Metro stop is Smithsonian. From there, make your way west along Independence Avenue toward the tidal basin. The MLK Memorial is on the northwest corner of the basin, to the north of the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial.
If you plan to drive, note there is limited parking near the Tidal Basin.
MLK Day Events
Here are some key events to be aware of in the city on MLK Day.
National Action Network Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Breakfast - 8:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. - 1127 Connecticut Ave NW
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Peace Walk - 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. -2500 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE
Birthday Celebration and Tribute at the Strathmore - 3:30-6:30 p.m. - The Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Ln, North Bethesda
Let Freedom Ring! Featuring Vanessa Williams - 6-7:30 p.m. - The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F St NW.
Wizards vs. Milwaukee Bucks - 2 p.m. - Capital One Center.
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