Cherry blossoms bring relief to weekend Metro riders

Thanks to cherry blossom festivities, riders on Metro’s Red, Green, Orange and Silver lines will enjoy regular weekend service with no track work for the next several weeks.

Metro is easing up on most daytime maintenance to accommodate Cherry Blossom visitors. For the next several weekends, the only daytime weekend track work will be SafeTrack related, affecting customers on the Blue and Yellow lines primarily south of Reagan National Airport in Virginia. Blue and Yellow line trains are sharing a single track between Braddock Road and Van Dorn Street/Huntington through April 12.

“For many visitors and residents, Metro will be the fastest and most convenient way to get to the Tidal Basin without worrying about traffic or parking,” said Metro General Manager Paul J. Wiedefeld. “And for those riders on the Blue and Yellow lines, every station is open, and we will run more of our longest (8-car) trains to provide plenty of space.”

This weekend on the Blue Line, trains will run every 24 minutes, as they do at all times during SafeTrack Surge #13. On the Yellow Line, trains between Huntington and Mt Vernon Square will also run every 24 minutes; however, additional Yellow Line trains will run between Reagan National Airport at Mt Vernon Square, resulting in regular weekend service (every 12 minutes) between these stations.

Trains on the Red, Green, Orange and Silver lines will run every 12 minutes or less. In Downtown DC, where multiple lines overlap, trains will arrive every 4 to 6 minutes.

The same weekend schedule will be repeated over the weekends of April 1-2 and April 8-9. For the weekend of April 15-16, regular service is expected on every line except Green, where workers will be preparing for the next SafeTrack surge in the area of Greenbelt.

Cherry Blossom Festival Travel Tips

  • Trains and stations are more crowded during Cherry Blossom season. On weekdays, visitors are encouraged to travel during non-rush hour times, if possible, and try to avoid traveling at the height of the afternoon peak period, from 4 to 6 p.m.
  • Smithsonian Station can become extremely busy with visitors at this time of year. Regular riders who commute to or from Smithsonian may wish to consider L’Enfant Plaza, Archives, or Federal Triangle during Cherry Blossom season.

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