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Come Monday, Metro riders can celebrate their independence from SafeTrack maintenance work—albeit temporarily. Metro says it will suspend all scheduled track work throughout the system on the holiday.
With “several hundred thousand passengers” anticipated to take the subway on July 4, the transit authority will run regular service, and near rush-hour service before and after the fireworks planned for the Mall right after 9 p.m. Metro will charge off-peak fares the entire day, but trains won’t run past midnight.
“Riders are encouraged to travel to a station on the same line as their starting point to avoid crowds at transfer stations,” a release notes. “For example, riders on the Green and Yellow lines should consider walking from L’Enfant Plaza, rather than transferring to the Orange or Blue lines. After the event, walk back to the same station, on the same line as your origin.” The Smithsonian station’s entrance on the Mall will become “entry-only” after 9:30 p.m., Metro adds.
Aboveground, there will be plenty of downtown street closures throughout the Fourth to accommodate patriots. According to the Metropolitan Police Department as well as the District Department of Transportation, those include:
“From 6:00 a.m. until approximately 11:00 pm:
- TR Bridge Inbound to Constitution Avenue. All traffic diverted to the E Street Expressway
- Independence Avenue SW from 15th Street to 23rd Street SW
- 23rd Street NB from Constitution Avenue to Virginia Avenue NW. Southbound 23rd Street traffic will be allowed to flow and access outbound TR Bridge.
- 22nd Street NW from C Street to Constitution Avenue
- 21st Street NW from C Street to Constitution Avenue
- 20st Street NW from C Street to Constitution Avenue
- 19th Street NW from Virginia Avenue to Constitution Avenue
- 18th Street NW from Virginia Avenue to Constitution Avenue
- 17th Street NW from New York Avenue to Constitution Avenue NW
- 15th Street NW from Pennsylvania Avenue to Independence Avenue SW
- Henry Bacon Drive7th Street from Constitution Avenue NW
- Constitution Avenue from 14th Street to 23rd Street.
- Arlington Memorial Bridge
- South Bound Rock Creek Parkway closed at Virginia Avenue
- 7th Street from Pennsylvania Avenue NW to Independence Avenue SW
- 4th Street from Pennsylvania Avenue NW to Independence Avenue SW
From approximately 11:15 a.m. until approximately midnight (for the Independence Day Parade):
- Constitution Avenue from 3rd Street to 14th Street NW
- 14th Street from Pennsylvania to Independence Avenue SW
- 12th Street from Pennsylvania to Constitution Avenue NW
- 10th Street from Pennsylvania to Constitution Avenue NW
- 9th Street from Pennsylvania to Constitution Avenue NW
- 6th Street from Pennsylvania to Constitution Avenue NW
- 3rd Street from Pennsylvania Avenue NW to Independence Avenue SW
The National Mall public entry access points for July 4th, 2016, will open at 10:00 a.m.:
- Constitution Avenue NW between 23rd Street NW and Henry Bacon Drive NW
- Constitution Avenue NW and 17th Street NW (opens at 2 p.m.)
- West side of 14th Street NW at Madison Drive NW (opens at 2 p.m.)
- West side of 14th Street SW at Jefferson Drive SW
- Maine Avenue SW and Raoul Wallenberg Place SW (15th Street SW)
- East Basin Drive just south of the Jefferson Memorial (visitors will not be able to access the National Mall from here)
- East Basin Drive at Inlet Bridge SW
- South side of Memorial Bridge”
DDOT adds that Metrobus will run on a Saturday schedule, with some routes diverted around the Mall. Every Circulator route except the one on the Mall will operate with regular weekday service, as will the Streetcar, the department notes.
Following the conclusion of the current SafeTrack surge on the Orange, Blue, and Silver lines from the Eastern Market to Benning Road and Minnesota Avenue stations this weekend, the third surge will commence on the Yellow and Blue lines from the National Airport to Braddock Road stops on the night of July 5. The maintenance will require a shutdown.