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Update on DC Holiday Closures including Parking Enforcement and Metro Hours

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Yesterday we learned that the DC government would be closed on Monday Dec. 24th. Still no word on the feds yet. A couple of updates – DPW Will Make Trash, Recycling and Bulk Collections:

The Department of Public Works announced today that while DC government will be closed Christmas Eve, Monday, December 24, trash, recycling and bulk collections will be made that day.

Trash, Recycling and Bulk Collections: For the weeks of December 24 and December 31, 2012, DPW will make its regular Monday trash and recycling collections and Tuesday’s collections will be suspended in both once-a-week and twice-a-week collection neighborhoods. Trash and recycling collections will resume Wednesday. In both once-a-week and twice-a-week neighborhoods, collections will slide one day. In once-a-week neighborhoods Tuesday’s collections will be made Wednesday and so on through Saturday when Friday’s collections will be made. In twice-a-week collection neighborhoods, Thursday’s collections will be made Friday and Tuesday/Friday collections will be made Wednesday and Saturday. Trash and recycling containers should be put out for collection no earlier than 6:30 pm the night before collection and removed from public space by 8 pm on the collection day. Appointments scheduled December 24 for bulk collections to be kept.

Leaf Collections: Between December 17 and 29, leaf collections will be made from most “Area B” neighborhoods, except December 24 and 25. In Ward 5, Area B is scheduled for collections to be made between December 26 and January 5. Residents can use DPW’s Web site – – to view the 2012-2013 leaf collection schedule by selecting Leaf Collection and clicking on “Check Leaf Collection Status in Your Neighborhood” ( and enter your address.

Holiday Tree Collections: Holiday trees and wreaths will be picked up curbside from December 31 to January 12. Remove all decorations and place the greenery in the treebox space in front of your home. Please do not put the trees in plastic or cloth bags. Trees collected between December 31 and January 12 will be recycled. Any trees not collected by January 12 should be set out with your trash to be picked up as space in the trash trucks allows over the following weeks.

Ft. Totten Transfer Station: Ft. Totten will be closed December 24 and 25. It reopens December 26.

Parking Enforcement: Since DC government will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, December 24 and 25, DPW will not enforce parking regulations either day. Normal enforcement activities will resume Wednesday, December 26.

But the DMV will be closed:

In observance of Christmas and New Year’s Day, all District of Columbia Department of Motor Vehicles (DC DMV) locations will be closed on Monday, December 24 and Tuesday, December 25, 2012, as well as Tuesday, January 1, 2013. All DC DMV service centers, adjudication services, and inspection station will resume regular business hours on Wednesday, December 26, 2012 and Wednesday, January 2, 2013.


Metrorail will remain open until 2 a.m. on New Year’s Eve (early New Year’s Day) for the benefit of holiday revelers. Below is a summary of Metrorail, Metrobus and MetroAccess service during the holiday season.

Monday, December 24 (Christmas Eve)
• Regular weekday service.
• Metrorail system open 5 a.m. until midnight.

Tuesday, December 25 (Christmas Day)
• Metrorail and Metrobus operate on Sunday schedule.
• Metrorail system open 7 a.m. until midnight.
• MetroAccess subscription trips cancelled.

Monday, December 31 (New Year’s Eve)
• Regular weekday service.
• Metrorail system open two hours later than normal (2 a.m.). Last train times vary by station; add two hours to weekday last train times.

Tuesday, January 1 (New Year’s Day)
• Metrorail and Metrobus operate on Sunday schedule.
• Metrorail system open 7 a.m. until midnight.
• MetroAccess subscription trips cancelled.

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