Bus delays, detours this evening due to National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Photo of last year’s tree by PoPville flickr user philliefan99

Thanks to a reader for sending:

“The lighting ceremony for the National Christmas Tree is set to begin at 4:30 p.m. Thursday on the Ellipse, just south of the White House. The event usually lasts till about 7 p.m.


“Thursday, December 4, 2014 | 3:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

The following routes may experience delays and unplanned detours as a result of rush-hour street closures and traffic congestion near the White House due to the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony:

3Y, 7Y, 11Y, 16X, 16Y, 30N, 30S, 32, 36, 37, 38B, 39, 42, 43, 52, 53, 54, 80, D1, D3, D5, D6, G8, H1, L1, N2, N3, N4, P6, P17, P19, S1, S2, S4, S9, W13, X1 and X2

Please allow extra time and sign up for MetroAlerts to receive updated travel information. Metro encourages riders to use Metrorail to bypass downtown congestion, and then transfer to bus service outside downtown. Customers using SmarTrip receive a $0.50 discount when transferring between Metrobus and Metrorail. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this event.

During this event, the following streets will be closed:

15th Street NW between Constitution & Pennsylvania Ave NW
17th Street NW between Constitution & New York Ave NW

Routes 11Y, H1, L1, G8, N3, P17, P19, S2, S4, W13, X1 and X2 will begin service from temporary bus terminals as follows:

Routes H1, L1 and N3 will begin service at C St & 18th St NW
Route X1 will begin service at the 10th St terminal
Routes 11Y, G8, P17, P19, W13 and X2 will begin service at Franklin Square
Some S2 and S4 trips will turn back near Franklin Square

Thursday, December 4, 2014 | 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

Missed Stops

30N, 30S, 32, 33, 36

15th & F St NW (westbound & northbound)
15th & New York Ave (eastbound & southbound)
Pennsylvania Ave & 14th St NW (eastbound & southbound)


30N, 30S Friendship Heights-Southeast eastbound toward Naylor Road/Southern Ave
33 Wisconsin Avenue southbound toward Potomac Park/Archives
32, 36 Pennsylvania Avenue eastbound toward Southern Avenue/Naylor Road

Regular route to H and 15th Sts NW
Continue on H St NW
Right 14th St NW
Left Pennsylvania Ave NW
Resume regular route

30N, 30S Friendship Heights-Southeast westbound toward Friendship Heights
32, 36 Pennsylvania Avenue westbound toward Friendship Heights
33 Wisconsin Avenue northbound toward Friendship Heights

Regular route to Pennsylvania Ave & 14th St NW
Right 14th St NW
Left I St NW
Continue 15th St NW
Resume regular route

Thursday, December 4, 2014 | 3:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

Missed Stops

H1, L1

C St & 17th St (northbound)
18th St & E St NW (southbound)
18th St and D St NW (southbound)

P17, P19, W13

I St & 17th St NW (northbound)
I St & 15th St NW (northbound)
I Street & 14th Street NW (northbound)
17th St & H St NW (southbound)
H St & Madison Pl NW (southbound)
H St & 14th St NW (southbound)
H St & 13th St NW (southbound)


H1 Brookland-Potomac Park southbound toward Potomac Park

Regular route to temporary bus terminal at 18th St & C St NW

H1 Brookland-Potomac Park northbound toward Brookland

From temporary bus terminal at 18th St & C St NW
Continue 18th St NW
Left C St NW
To regular route

L1 Connecticut Avenue southbound toward Farragut Square

Regular route to 17th St & New York Ave NW
Right New York Ave NW
Continue E St NW
Left 19th St NW
Left Virginia Ave NW
Left 18th St NW
To temporary bus terminal at 18th St & C St NW

L1 Connecticut Avenue northbound toward Chevy Chase Circle

From temporary bus terminal at 18th St & C St NW
Continue 18th St NW
Left C St NW
To regular route”

4 Comment

  • How are there going to be missed stops/detours for 2 lines (H1 L1 Southbound) that don’t even run in the afternoon…?

    • At least they’ve announced actual detour routes, even if the details are a little iffy. These streets are frequently shut down by the President attending events in the area and WMATA has no official detours even though it happens at least 1-2 times per month in the same locations.

  • why does the tree look so conical? couldn’t they string the lights so it looked a little more natural?

  • I Dont Get It

    Another 30 minutes to get home, thanks Obama!

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