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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 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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“Dear PoPville,

I already filled out formal commendations for three officers (1 MPD and 2 Transit Police) but wanted to pass along my appreciation of these three outstanding officers.

My wallet was stolen right from my bag on the Petworth metro escalator at around 8:05am Friday morning. I saw the person who did it but he must have been working as a team and he got away.

I saw MPD Officer Anthony Christian walk into the CVS across the street from metro and followed him and explained the situation. He took down my information and even told me to get in his car and we canvassed the neighborhood looking for the suspect! I tried my best to explain what he looked like. I would have recognized him if I saw him, but what I learned this morning is that it’s important to notice clothing and details such as facial hair and haircut if anything like this ever happens again.

Officer Christian and I then reported what happened to the two transit police officers at the station (M. Garcia and M. Broadnax) who also took my information and filed a report. I was very shaken up and had no money,credit cards, or metro card. They walked around the station with me looking for my wallet in the hopes that the thief just threw it somewhere. We didn’t find it but they did give me a metro pass so I could get to work.

Under three hours later, both Officers Christian and Broadnax called me to say that a good samaritan had found my wallet by the CVS and turned it in. Not only was everything still in my wallet minus the $10 in cash, but Officer Christian even told me to keep his number because he works in ward 4 where I live and I can call him directly if I ever run into any issues in the future. Officer Broadnax even DROVE to Dupont to return my wallet to me. I’m so appreciative of these three officers that I want the community to know that the 4th district has some great police serving us.”

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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.”

From WMATA:

“The Metro Transit Police Department is advising riders on the Orange, Silver and Blue lines of a recent trend in robbery snatch incidents during the month of June. Specifically, since the beginning of June, there have been multiple robbery snatches of iPhone 6 devices at stations or aboard trains between Eastern Market and the endpoint stations of New Carrollton and Largo Town Center. Riders are urged to be vigilant and report suspicious activity to Transit Police.”