Via WMATA, Metro is gearing up for the busy Cherry Blossom season, a time when weekday ridership increases 15 percent and weekend ridership can nearly double.
Here’s what Metro is doing the next few weekends to deal with the increase through April 12…
Weekend Metrorail Service
This year, Metro will perform limited track work over the first two weekends of the Cherry Blossom festival. The work, which will take place between Braddock Road and Reagan National Airport, is necessary to allow personnel to replace sections of rail and clear speed restrictions for a safer, smoother, faster trip. The last two weekends of the festival will be track work free.
- Sat. Mar. 21 & Sun. Mar 22: Regular weekend service (no track work) on the Red and Green lines. Orange, Blue and Silver will each run every 18 minutes, rather than every 12-15 minutes, as crews replace sections of rail between Braddock Road and Reagan National Airport. Through Downtown DC (between Rosslyn and Stadium-Armory), a train will arrive at each station about every 6 minutes during daytime hours. Yellow Line trains will run every 18 minutes between Huntington and Mt Vernon Square.
- Sat. Mar. 28 & Sun. Mar. 29: Same as above.
- Sat. Apr. 4 & Sun. Apr 5: No weekend trackwork. Regular service on all lines.
- Sat. Apr. 11 & Sun. Apr 12: No weekend trackwork. Regular service on all lines. Metrorail will open two hours early (at 5 a.m.) for the Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run.