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A Few More Things About Tomorrow’s Metro Meltdown

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For the Feds from the communications director for OPM:

“Due to the MetroRail closure on Wednesday, March 16, Federal agencies in the National Capital Region are OPEN, but employees have the option for unscheduled leave or unscheduled telework. To help alleviate the transportation difficulties that may be associated with the temporary MetroRail closure, OPM is encouraging all agencies to allow their employees to take full advantage of this “change of status” and permit their employees to telework, take leave, or use their AWS Day off.”

From DPW:

“The DC Department of Public Works announced this afternoon that it is suspending residential street sweeping, Wednesday, March 16, to relieve competition for parking spaces from an expected increase in motorists due to the Metrorail shutdown. Street sweeping parking violations will not be written March 16; however, DPW will enforce other violations, such as parking at an expired meter, bus stop and crosswalk, or the time limit on parking in a residential parking permit zone.

Normal parking enforcement of residential street sweeping will resume Thursday, March 17.”

From Capital Bikeshare:

Capital Bikeshare will offer free 24-hour memberships at all 370 stations on Wednesday, March 16 beginning at 12 a.m. to better serve commuters looking for transportation during the Metrorail closure. Usage fees will still apply to all trips over 30 minutes. Visit any station kiosk and follow the prompts on the touch screen to access a free membership. 24-hour memberships will remain free at all stations until 11:59 p.m.

Capital Bikeshare will also offer morning Corral Service at three locations from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Wednesday. Corral Service will offer guaranteed open docks in the morning by having staff on hand to remove bikes when the station docks are full. Corral service will be available at:

21st St & Eye St NW in Foggy Bottom
13th St & New York Ave NW near Metro Center & Franklin Square
Columbus Circle next to Union Station

From the Philips:

“Just wanted to send you a quick advisory:

The Phillips Collection will be closed Wednesday, March 16, due to the emergency closure of the metrorail system throughout the region.”

From Split:

“With Metro closing I’m reaching out because Split, the DC on-demand smarter shared rides, is putting more drivers out on the road tomorrow in anticipation of need. Split ridership has been growing and many riders use Split as an effective alternative to Metro (since lately it’s been so hard to rely on WMATA).”

And most importantly from Smoke and Barrel:

“Hey tele-workers! Our usual Wednesday 1/2 price draft happy hour starts at noon tomorrow! Limited food menu.”

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