It’s a beautiful weekend for local travel, but a light one for the types of events likely to cause travel delays and congestion. The main activities to watch out for are the Across the Bay 10K on the Bay Bridge and Metro’s SafeTrack maintenance disruption on the Red Line.
But the major man-made event likely to affect local travelers in coming days is the one-hour fall back of the clocks at 2 a.m. Sunday. The immediate effect of the return to Eastern Standard Time is that the sky is lighter an earlier hour in the mornings and darker earlier in the evenings. Weekday commuters driving on east-west routes will be affected by the angle of the sunlight, which will be noticeably different from this past week. For the first time in many years, Metrorail riders won’t have to figure out the effect on the late-night weekend service. That’s simply because Metrorail no longer offers weekend service after midnight.
The Capital Weather Gang forecast is terrific. Saturday is likely to be mostly sunny with highs in the mid-60s. The gang says Sunday will be “a sunny gem,” with similar high temperatures.
Sporting events that could generate extra weekend traffic: The Wizards have a game at 7 p.m. Friday in Verizon Center. The Capitals play there 7 p.m. Saturday. The Ravens play at 1 p.m. Sunday in M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.
This is the second weekend of the SafeTrack maintenance project on the Red Line, but it’s not the only disruption in the Metrorail system. See them all below.
Red Line. The Brookland and Rhode Island Avenue stations are closed. There’s no Red Line service between Fort Totten and NoMa-Gallaudet. Free shuttle buses can take riders to all the stops between Fort Totten and NoMa, but if you’re trying to get between the Maryland suburbs and downtown Washington, a trip on the Green or Yellow lines or on the west side of the Red Line is likely to save time.
Red Line trains are scheduled to operate every 15 minutes between Glenmont and Fort Totten. Between Shady Grove and NoMa, they are scheduled to operate every 12 to 15 minutes, with the shorter gap between trains coming from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
During this maintenance project, there is no public parking at the Rhode Island Avenue station. Some of the bus alternatives to the Red Line that have helped commuters during the weekday rush hours do not operate on weekends.
The last train of the night is scheduled to leave Glenmont at 11:02 p.m., which is 35 minutes earlier than usual. The last train from Shady Grove is at the normal time, 11:30 p.m.
Orange, Blue lines. From 10 p.m. Friday through the midnight closing Sunday, trains will share a track between McPherson Square and Smithsonian station while crews install communication cables and work on the emergency call boxes. Trains on each line are scheduled to operate every 20 minutes.
Silver Line. Because of the track work between McPherson Square and Smithsonian, the Silver Line trains will operate between Wiehle-Reston East and Ballston only. Riders heading toward the District will need to transfer to the Orange Line.
Yellow Line. Trains will share a track between Mount Vernon Square and U Street on Saturday and Sunday while crews work on communication cables. The trains are scheduled to operate every 20 minutes between Huntington and Greenbelt.
Green Line. As on the Yellow Line, the Green Line trains will share a track between Mount Vernon Square and U Street. On Sunday, from the 7 a.m. opening to about 2 p.m., the trains will operate in two segments to clear the way for an emergency response drill at the Southern Avenue station. Riders will need to transfer trains at Congress Heights to continue trips during those hours. Trains are scheduled to operate every 20 minutes through the weekend.
Across the Bay 10K
The eastbound span of the Bay Bridge will be closed from midnight to about 2 p.m. Sunday. What’s normally the westbound span will be open for two-way traffic. Drivers should expect delays crossing the bridge.
The ramp from eastbound Route 50 to Route 8 on Kent Island will be closed. Drivers will be detoured to the next exit at Thompson Creek Road. The ramp from Route 8 to westbound Route 50 also will be closed. Drivers will be directed to Route 18, then to the roundabout at Castle Marina Road and onto westbound Route 50.
The runners will use the eastbound span. The race starts near the base of the bridge on the west shore of Chesapeake Bay and ends near Terrapin State Park on Kent Island. See a map of the course.
The first wave of runners is scheduled to start at 7 a.m. There is no drop-off point or parking near the start line. All the runners must board shuttle buses leaving from various parking areas. See more information about the shuttles and parking areas.
Maryland traffic detours
Northbound Wisconsin Avenue will be closed, with a detour, from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday between Bradley Lane and Stanford Street in Bethesda for a private crane operation in that area.
Carroll Avenue remains closed for the bridge reconstruction over Sligo Creek between Jefferson and Flower avenues in Takoma Park. Follow the detour.
Dr. Gridlock’s travel tips for fall-back weekend – Washington Post