“Mt Vernon Square Metrorail Station will be closed for two days during 2016 Nuclear Summit” and “Massive Road Closures” too

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A reader reports (thanks to all who’ve emailed about the Nuclear Security Summit):

“Another traffic hell beyond AIPAC.

FYI regarding the Nuclear security summit at the Convention center next week. Massive road closures that also impacts residential and metered parking.”

2016-Nuclear Security Summit Info (PDF)

From WMATA:

“At the request of the U.S. Secret Service, the Mt Vernon Square Metrorail Station will be temporarily closed for two days during the 2016 Nuclear Summit, beginning Wednesday evening, March 30, and continuing through Friday evening, April 1.

The closure is necessary because Mt Vernon Square Station falls within the secure perimeter for the summit, a designated National Special Security Event that is expected to bring together heads of state from dozens of countries.

Green and Yellow line trains will continue to operate through Mt Vernon Square without stopping, and all other Metrorail stations are expected to be open during the event.

Customers should take note of the following service information:
• Mt Vernon Square Station will be closed starting at approximately 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, and continuing through Friday evening, April 1. (The station will reopen after the U.S. Secret Service discontinues security efforts late Friday evening.)
• During this time, Green and Yellow line trains will not stop at Mt Vernon Square station. All trains will pass through the station without stopping.
• Customers who normally use Mt Vernon Square should use Gallery Place or Shaw-Howard stations instead. Either alternate station is located approximate 0.5 miles from Mt Vernon Square (about a 10-minute walk).
• Due to road closures, alternate bus service will not be provided.”

From MPD:

STREET CLOSURES WITH LIMITED PEDESTRIAN TRAFFIC

(resident and business foot traffic only – all parking restricted)

From Tuesday, March 29th at 7:00 p.m. to Saturday, April 2nd at 12:00 p.m. –

· F Street, NW from 14th Street, NW to 15th Street, NW

From Wednesday, March 30th at 7:00 p.m. to Saturday, April 2nd at 12:00 p.m. –

·New York Avenue, NW from 6th Street, NW to 11th Street, NW.

·Massachusetts Avenue, NW from 6th Street, NW to 9th Street, NW.

·K Street, NW from 6th Street, NW to 10th Street, NW.

·L Street, NW from 6th Street, NW to 10th Street, NW.

·M Street, NW from 6th Street, NW to 10th Street, NW.

·N Street, NW from 6th Street, NW to 10th Street, NW.

·7th Street, NW from O Street, NW to Massachusetts Avenue, NW.

·8th Street, NW from O Street, NW to N Street, NW.

·9th Street, NW from O Street, NW to New York Avenue, NW.

·10th Street, NW from L Street, NW to New York Avenue, NW.

Thursday, March 31st

· 15th Street, NW, South bound bike lane from Pennsylvania Avenue, NW to 14th Street, NW from 2:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

· 17th Street, NW, North bound lane from Constitution Avenue, NW to Pennsylvania Avenue, NW from 2:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

· 22nd Street, NW, North and South bound from Constitution Avenue, NW to C Street, NW from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

· C Street, NW, East and West bound from 20th Street, NW to 21st Street, NW from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

INTERMITTENT STREET CLOSURES

From Wednesday, March 30th at 7:00 p.m. to Saturday, April 2nd at 12:00 p.m. –

Expect intermittent closures at these intersections:

· 12th Street, NW and New York Avenue, NW.

· 13th Street, NW and New York Avenue, NW.

· 14th Street, NW and New York Avenue, NW.

Hotels

· There will be intermittent street closures around several unnamed hotels throughout the Washington Metropolitan Area.

PARKING RESTRICTIONS

From Sunday, March 27th at 7:00 p.m. to Saturday, April 2nd at 12:00 p.m. –

No residential or metered parking:

· New York Avenue, NW from 6th Street, NW to 14th Street, NW.

· Massachusetts Avenue, NW from 6th Street, NW to 13th Street, NW.

· K Street, NW from 6th Street, NW to 10th Street, NW.

· L Street, NW from 6th Street, NW to 12th Street, NW.

· M Street, NW from 6th Street, NW to 10th Street, NW.

· N Street, NW from 6th Street, NW to 12th Street, NW.

· 7th Street, NW from O Street, NW to Massachusetts Avenue, NW.

· 8th Street, NW from O Street, NW to N Street, NW.

· 9th Street, NW from O Street, NW to H St. NW.

· 10th Street, NW from N Street, NW to H St. NW.

From Wednesday, March 30th at 7:00 p.m. to Saturday, April 2nd at 12:00 p.m. –

No residential or metered parking:

· 11th Street, NW from K Street, NW to L Street, NW

· 11th Street, NW from H Street, NW to I Street, NW

· 12th Street, NW from K Street, NW to Massachusetts Avenue, NW

· 12th Street, NW from H Street, NW to I Street, NW.

· 13th Street, NW at intersection with Massachusetts Avenue, NW

(No parking areas will be clearly posted).

· 13th Street, NW from H Street, NW to I Street, NW.

WMATA CLOSURES

· DC Metro Train Stops-

o The Yellow and Green Line Trains will not stop at the Washington Convention Center. No other Metro stops will be affected by the Nuclear Security Summit.

· DC Metro Bus Stops-

o 7th Street, NW and 9th Street, NW Street Bus Stops between N Street, NW and K Street. NW will be diverted around the Washington Convention Center.”

27 Comment

  • I hope the trains that usually stop at Mt. Vernon Square will continue on to Shaw – Howard University. I hate that so many trains stop at Mt. Vernon Square. Metro, however, will probably choose to stop at Gallery Place, since it’s less work for them, travelers are less important and their press statement is less than clear.

    • I was literally about to post the EXACT same thing! Every single morning, you can count on green/yellow stopping outside of Mt Vernon square to allow a yellow line to change tracks at Mt. Vernon – damn rush plus!

    • There’s no way they are going to Shaw since, as you already seem to know, the trains can’t turn around there.

    • I second petworther. I am guessing the trains that normally stop at Mt. Vernon will offload at Gallery Place and then turn around at the pocket tracks after Mt. Vernon.

    • I was wondering exactly this–the press release and WMATA page don’t address what happens to Yellow Rush Plus trains. Because of the need to turn around at the Mt Vernon pocket track, I’m assuming the northbound trains will go out of service at Gallery Place (as well as begin service). This might add some slight delays if they have ensure an out of service train is clear every time at one of the busiest stations in the system.

    • I saw a WMATA tweet that they are indeed stopping Rush Plus trains at Gallery Place.

  • Anyone know if you can bike then walk your bike to your office in the closed areas?

  • I like living in a diverse, multicultural city where random heads of state at your neighborhood Starbucks are more common than you’d ever expect, however…
    .
    Something with this level of security need is incompatible with being hosted here. It’s just that simple. I’ve been to plenty of convention centers around the country for various conferences, and well over half of them are completely isolated from the rest of town and would be easier to secure for this type of event and wouldn’t inconvenience anybody. This type of event should be hosted at one of those types of facilities. Our convention center is in the middle of a thriving neighborhood – and it’s not fair to these businesses that they essentially just have to close and do without revenue, and the employees do without paychecks, for the duration, and it’s not fair to the people who actually live there either who now can’t get home, or can’t park once they arrive.
    .
    Events DC really should consider the impact this type of activity has before they agree to host another one in the future.

    • “completely isolated from the rest of town” … so what you’re saying is – National Harbor! 😉

    • Its a point well-taken, and I would agree if we were talking about the convention center in, say, Philadelphia or Boston (both also in the middle of an active neighborhood). But this is Washington, so I expect these types of inconviences for things like this, and wouldn’t expect such a conference to be put off in a convention center in some random city just because it is easier to secure.

    • Great point. The Gaylord at National Harbor would be perfect for this. They could turn that place into Fort Knox for a few days and hardly anyone would care.

      • And while nobody wants to admit it, National Harbor is way nicer than the DC Convention Center.

    • It is just me or does it seem like we host large events every year, and every year people complain, and every year it’s really not that bad? I get that some people might be inconvenienced but I doubt anyone moved to DC without knowledge that these things happen periodically. Like the 2010 Nuclear Security Summit. And the Pope. And the African Leaders Summit. And a bunch of other things. (Not to mention that NYC seems to have survived the UN General Assembly meeting there every year…)

      • It all depends on where you work (or go to school, or have childcare, etc.) and how you get there.

      • This won’t be that bad either. It’s a couple blocks around the convention center on a Thursday and Friday. It seems like a completely manageable inconvenience for pedestrians. Plan ahead. You’ll survive. Yeah, our convention center is downtown. Who cares?

        Also, not sure about the comment above about the Boston convention center being in the middle of an active neighborhood. Not really. Most of the activity in that neighborhood is because of the convention center/world trade center. It’s a pretty business oriented part of town.

        As a DC resident, I’ll live with the inconvenience and take the tax revenues rather than encourage that to go to Maryland, thanks.

      • Because people love to complain at anything.
        This will be for 2 days and will cause some traffic disturbance for some of our citizens. It is well planned so all can make other arrangements.

        What is not mentioned is that motorcades for the heads of state are going to be another disturbance. Telework if you can.

    • janie4

      Isn’t Camp David usable for such events? And it’s a very secure place close to DC.

      • It is. And that’s yet another good example of the type of place that ought to host such events.
        .
        I understand and accept that we do have inconveniences living here, and that’s fine with me. Inaugurations and cherry blossoms and giant protests like the March for Women’s Lives all take place and have to be here and can’t be moved. That’s okay. We all get to use the “I got stuck behind a motorcade” excuse every now and again. That’s okay. But a large-scale event like this with these types of security needs could be put anywhere, and that should be considered in the future before we decide to allow them back here.

      • 50 heads of state, plus 4 international organizations with delegations of 10 or so each, media, technical support, security…no they can’t fit into Camp David. And if they could…where would they stay? It’d tie up traffic for hours.
        This is a fine venue and won’t disrupt traffic for long nor really impact too many folks. Please post back on Friday and let me know how torn up your life was.

  • We’ll see how this goes. MPD can’t seem to make it a week without a shooting at 7th and N.

    • Tell me when we had the last shooting at that intersection, please. Then I’ll pull the call data and see if you actually researched your statement.

      Or actual gunfire not calls about every bang a person hears.

      • Last year there were shooting homicides at 6th and N as well as 5th and N. The homicide at 7th and N was a stabbing.

  • According to the official press release, the only pedestrian traffic allowed will be “residents and employees
    of local businesses.” And they’re restricting every street around Blagden Alley. How are La Colombe, Dabney, Lost & Found, and Columbia Room supposed to stay open?

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