“Veterans Day, Tuesday November 11, a major concert will be held on the National Mall that could draw up to 800,000 attendees — larger than July 4 and many Presidential Inaugurations. In order to safely and efficiently provide rail service for as many riders as possible, Metro will make several service adjustments to maximize train capacity.
Here are five things to know for those taking Metro to the event:
1. All stations will be open except Smithsonian. Metrorail will open at 5 a.m. and close at midnight. Nine stations near the National Mall will remain open past midnight if necessary to accommodate concertgoers after the event (you must be in line by midnight). Arlington Cemetery will be served by rail shuttle trains from the south, as well as free buses from Rosslyn and Pentagon stations.
2. Additional Yellow Line trains will replace Blue Line service between Franconia-Springfield and Greenbelt. Because Yellow Line trains get Virginia riders to the concert 12 minutes faster than Blue Line trains, this service change will allow Metro to run trains more frequently and maximize space for other riders. Trains will run as frequently as every three minutes before and after the event. Riders who normally use Blue Line trains can use Yellow and Silver/Orange trains instead (transfer at L’Enfant Plaza), or take advantage of free shuttle bus service between Pentagon and Rosslyn from 5 a.m. until closing.
3. Know what not to bring. Bicycles and large coolers will be prohibited on Metrorail all day to maximize space for all riders. Prohibited items at the concert include alcohol, bicycles, explosives/fireworks, glass containers, coolers, animals (except service animals), weapons, and more. Be sure to check the event website for a complete list. If in doubt about whether an item will be permitted, it is best to leave it home. In addition, for security reasons, all Metrorail restrooms will be closed on Veterans Day.
4. Travel without transferring. Metro recommends planning your trip so that you do not have to transfer between rail lines. Choose a station near the National Mall on the same line as where you begin your trip, and then return to the same station after the concert.
5. Pre-load your SmarTrip card.”
“The National Park Service and the United States Park Police in cooperation with local, state and federal law enforcement, public safety and transportation agencies, have developed security, logistics and access plans for HBO’s permitted Concert for Valor. The concert will take place on Tuesday, November 11 from 7-10 p.m. on the National Mall.
The following roads will be closed and off-limits to vehicles starting at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, November 11:
· Constitution Avenue NW from Pennsylvania Avenue NW to 18th Street NW
· Madison Drive NW from 3rd Street NW to 15th Street NW
· Jefferson Drive SW from 3rd Street SW to 15th Street SW
· Independence Avenue SW from 3rd Street SW to 17th Street SW
· Maryland Avenue SW from Independence Avenue SW to 7th Street SW
· 3rd Street from Constitution Avenue NW to C Street SW
· 4th Street from Pennsylvania Avenue NW to C Street SW
· 6th Street NW from Pennsylvania Avenue NW to Constitution Avenue NW
· 6th Street SW from Independence Avenue SW to C Street SW
· 7th Street from Pennsylvania Avenue NW to C Street SW
· 10th Street from Pennsylvania Avenue NW to Independence Avenue SW
· 12th Street ramp from I-395 to Pennsylvania Avenue NW
· 14th Street from E Street NW to C Street SW
· 15th Street from E Street NW to Maine Avenue SW
· 17th Street from C Street NW to Independence Avenue SW
Additional closures will be in place in advance of the concert to allow for setup of the venue. These include:
· 4th Street from Pennsylvania Avenue NW to C Street SW will be closed from 12:01 a.m.Monday, November 3 through Wednesday, November 12 at 10 a.m.
· Madison Drive NW from 3rd Street NW to 4th Street NW will be closed from 6 a.m. on November 10 through 10 a.m. on November 12.
The following items will be prohibited at the concert:
· Animals other than helper/guide dogs
· Hard shelled coolers
· Glass containers
· Illegal firearms
· Laser pointers
· Mace/pepper spray
· Folding tables, tents, chairs (and other items that could be considered “structures”)
· Unmanned aerial systems
· Any other items determined to be a potential safety hazard
The following public entry points will open at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, November 11, 2014, and will remain open until the concert venue can no longer accommodate additional people.
· 4th Street NW and Madison Drive NW (credentialed media, ticketed and VIP guests ONLY)
· 4th Street SW and Jefferson Drive SW (credentialed media, ticketed and VIP guests ONLY)
· 7th Street NW and Madison Drive SW
· 7th Street SW and Independence Avenue SW
· 12th Street NW and Madison Drive NW
· 12th Street SW and Independence Avenue SW
· 14th Street NW and Madison Drive NW
· 15th Street NW and Constitution Avenue NW
The following public entry points will open at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, November 11, 2014, and will remain open until the concert venue can no longer accommodate additional people.
· 15th Street SW and Independence Avenue SW
· 17th Street NW and Constitution Avenue NW
All attendees, including general public and ticketed guests, are subject to a thorough security screening before entering the concert venue. Please allow additional time for the security screening, as it is expected that lines may be long.”