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From WMATA:

“Metro will provide frequent rail service during the afternoon and evening hours of Saturday, July 4, to accommodate those attending the fireworks display on the National Mall and the Foo Fighters concert at RFK Stadium.

Several hundred thousand passengers are expected to take Metrorail on Independence Day, with crowds primarily traveling to and from the 9:10 p.m. fireworks display on the Mall, as well as other events around the region. Metrorail service will operate from 7 a.m. until 3 a.m., with near rush-hour service levels before and after the fireworks. Off-peak fares will be in effect until midnight. At 12:01 a.m. through closing on Sunday at 3 a.m., peak fares will be in effect in accordance with Metro’s standard fare policies.

Friday, July 3 (Holiday observed)

Metrorail: Open 7 a.m. until 3 a.m. Trains will run on a Saturday schedule.
Parking: Free at all Metro-operated facilities.
Fares: Off-Peak fares will be in effect all day.
Metrobus: Saturday supplemental schedule.
MetroAccess: Regular service hours. Subscription trips are cancelled. Please ensure all July 4 reservations are booked before 4:30 p.m. on July 3.
Customer Service: Will be closed.

Saturday, July 4

Metrorail: Open 7 a.m. until 3 a.m. Trains will run on a Saturday schedule until about 2 p.m., and then gradually ramp up to near rush-hour service levels before and after the fireworks. Due to large crowds, bicycles and large coolers are not permitted. Silver Line trains will operate between Wiehle-Reston East and Stadium-Armory for the entire service day. Passengers traveling to/from stations east of Stadium-Armory will need to use a Blue Line train to complete their trip.
Parking: Free at all Metro-operated facilities.
Fares: Off-Peak fares will be in effect EXCEPT 12:01 a.m. through closing Sunday at 3 a.m.
IMPORTANT NOTE FOR RIDERS TRAVELING TO FOO FIGHTERS CONCERT AT RFK STADIUM: This event is scheduled to end around midnight. At midnight, PEAK fares go into effect as scheduled (standard Metrorail fare policy). Please be sure you load enough value on your SmarTrip or farecard in advance to complete your entire trip. Expect long lines at fare machines at Stadium-Armory.
Metrobus: Saturday schedule. Expect detours around the National Mall.
MetroAccess: Regular service hours. Subscription trips are cancelled. Please ensure all July 4 reservations are booked before 4:30 p.m. on July 3.
Customer Service: Open 7 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. by calling 202 637-7000; Lost & Found will be closed.

TRAVELING TO THE NATIONAL MALL

The closest station to the Mall is Smithsonian . However this is not your best choice.

While many passengers choose to use Smithsonian, this station can become overcrowded during larger Mall events. Metro recommends selecting a destination station on the same line as your origin to avoid the need to transfer. There is a station near the Mall on every line. Here is a list of suggested stations:

Foggy Bottom
Metro Center
Federal Triangle
Archives
Gallery Place
Judiciary Square
Union Station
L’Enfant Plaza
Capitol South
Federal Center SW
Arlington Cemetery

This year, Smithsonian station will be open all day, however, the mall entrance will become ENTRANCE ONLY after 9:30 p.m. The Independence Avenue entrance will be available for both entry and exit throughout the entire day.”

Also from Metro Transit Police:

“Metro Transit Police today arrested a 14-year-old male District resident on charges stemming from six robberies along the Blue, Orange and Silver lines.

The six robberies took place aboard trains and in stations between May 27 and June 15, and caused MTPD to issue a public alert to customers encouraging vigilance.

Below are the dates, times and locations of the six robberies for which charges were filed today:

May 27, 2015 11:15 p.m. at Minnesota Avenue
May 31, 2015 9:42 p.m. at Eastern Market
June 1, 2015 10:10 p.m. at Deanwood
June 9, 2015 1:30 p.m. at Eastern Market
June 12, 2015 at 10:50 p.m. at Benning Road
June 15, 2015 at 3:10 p.m. at Deanwood

All of the robberies involved iPhone 6 devices. MTPD detectives used video evidence to identify and charge the suspect.

The juvenile will face the charges in the District of Columbia. The investigation is ongoing to determine whether the suspect can be positively linked to any other cases.”

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From MPD:

“On Saturday, July 4, 2015, the 2015 Fourth of July Celebration will take place in the District of Columbia. In conjunction with this event, there will be several street closures that motorists should take into consideration:

Street Closures

Streets Closed from 6:00 am until approximately 11:00 pm

Ø TR Bridge Inbound to Constitution Avenue. All traffic diverted to the E Street Expressway

Ø Independence Avenue SW from 15th Street to 23rd Street SW

Ø 23rd Street NB from Constitution Avenue to Virginia Avenue NW. Southbound 23rd Street will be allowed to flow and access outbound TR Bridge.

Ø 22nd Street NW from C Street to Constitution Avenue

Ø 21st Street NW from C Street to Constitution Avenue

Ø 20st Street NW from C Street to Constitution Avenue

Ø 19th Street NW from Virginia Avenue to Constitution Avenue

Ø 18th Street NW from Virginia Avenue to Constitution Avenue

Ø 17th Street NW from New York Avenue to Constitution Avenue NW

Ø 15th Street NW from Pennsylvania Avenue to Independence Avenue SW

Ø Henry Bacon Drive7th Street from Constitution Avenue NW

Ø Constitution Avenue from 14th Street to 23rd Street.

Ø Arlington Memorial Bridge

Ø South Bound Rock Creek Parkway closed at Virginia Avenue

Ø 7th Street from Pennsylvania Avenue NW to Independence Avenue SW

Ø 4th Street from Pennsylvania Avenue NW to Independence Avenue SW

The following streets will be closed at approximately 11:15 am for the Independence Day Parade and will remain closed for the remainder of the day: (more…)

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From WMATA:

“Reconstruction of the Metrorail system will continue over the weekend of June 26-28 with service adjustments on five rail lines beginning at 10 p.m. Friday and continuing through system closing on Sunday.

This weekend, Green Line trains will operate at regular weekend intervals. Red Line trains will operate every 15 minutes with additional trains between Grosvenor and Silver Spring between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Orange, Silver, and Blue line trains will operate every 20 minutes throughout the weekend.

On Saturday and Sunday, Silver Line trains will operate between Wiehle-Reston East and East Falls Church stations only. Customers traveling to Silver Line stations east of East Falls Church should connect to the Orange Line at East Falls Church for continuing travel (see below).

Buses will replace Yellow Line trains between Huntington and King St-Old Town. Yellow Line trains will operate regular weekend intervals between Franconia-Springfield and Mt. Vernon Sq only.”

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A reader sends from the Washington Post:

When bus drivers don’t have access to restrooms while on duty, they often have no choice but to go on the bus, a top transit union leader told the National Transportation Safety Board on Wednesday.

“Urinating on a bus is something we deal with on a regular basis,” said James Madaras, chief safety officer at Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689, which represents most Metro train and bus operators.

Update, 7 p.m.:

A Metro spokeswoman said Metrobus drivers have access to restroom facilities on “virtually every trip,” noting that more than 90 percent of Metrobus routes serve a Metro station where an employee restroom is available.

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“Dear PoPville,

On Saturday night my daughter was over at my home in Petworth, and at 10pm she decided to go back to her place near Foggy Bottom. We tried to get at Uber but there was surge pricing and long wait because of the rain. Instead, I drove her to the Fort Totten metro station because there is always a line of cabs there. I asked the first driver in line to take her to Foggy Bottom and he refused because he said it was too far and he would never get a fare back. Then I went to the next driver, who refused, and so on for five more cabs. Two other guys were also turned down by the same drivers because of their destination.

I ended up driving her to Union Station where she caught a cab. But I was really angry. Is that legal to turn down a trip within the city?”

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From WMATA:

“Reconstruction of the Metrorail system will continue over the weekend of June 19-21 with service adjustments on all 6 rail lines beginning at 10 p.m. Friday and continuing through system closing on Sunday. On the Red Line during daytime hours, five stations from Shady Grove to Grosvenor have service every 12 minutes, rather than every 6 minutes.

Due to scheduled rebuilding, Orange, Silver, Blue, Yellow and Green line trains will operate every 20 minutes, rather than every 12-15 minutes.”