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As readers know, Pope Francis will be visiting Washington D.C. from September 22 to 24. As Joe Biden would say, this is a BIG deal. Commuters and visitors should anticipate long delays, road closures, detours, and parking restrictions in many areas around Washington, D.C.

Here’s the latest…

Metro released its preliminary service information for the visit. Metro will run rush hour service pretty much throughout the day. Metrorail also released two videos on how to ease your commute during the papal visit. Metrobus has released its service information during the papal visit.

The Washington Post has a good list of road closures and parking restrictions for the visit. Lastly, The Washington Post this past weekend released a fantastic, comprehensive guide to getting around during the papal visit. If you are commutting instead of teleworking like me during the three days, the guide is a MUST read.

Let’s just put it this way, if you don’t have to drive over these three days in D.C. don’t.

Pope-Francis-US
As readers know, Pope Francis will be visiting Washington D.C. from September 22 to 24. As Joe Biden would say, this is a BIG deal. Commuters and visitors should anticipate long delays, road closures, detours, and parking restrictions in many areas around Washington, D.C.

Here’s the latest…

Metro released its preliminary service information for the visit. Metro will run rush hour service pretty much throughout the day

WUSA9 has a good list of events and how you can get tickets to see the Pope during his visit. You can also view a similar list on DCInno.

The Washington Post has a good list of road closures and parking restrictions for the visit. Let’s just put it this way, if you don’t have to drive over these three days in D.C. don’t.

(Photo credit Archdiocese of Washington, D.C.)

RFK Stadium & DC Armory
Exercise will test emergency response to smoke/fire incident inside tunnel

Metro Transit Police and the District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department will conduct a full-scale emergency response drill at Stadium-Armory Station on Sunday, August 23, from 7:45 AM until approximately 10:00 AM.

During the exercise, emergency responders will simulate a smoke/fire incident in the tunnel outside of Stadium Armory. Metropolitan Police Department and DC Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency also will participate in the exercise.

Information for Riders

  • The exercise will not result in special service changes beyond Metro’s planned weekend service for August 22-23. Both Stadium-Armory and Potomac Avenue stations will be closed this weekend, with buses replacing trains between Eastern Market and Cheverly on the Orange Line and between Eastern Market and Benning Road on the Blue and Silver lines. For more information about planned weekend track work, please see the Service Advisory.
  • Customers traveling to or from Stadium-Armory Station should follow directional signs and avoid crossing police lines and/or barricades.
  • Members of the public in and around Stadium-Armory may notice emergency vehicles on site. Please be advised that this is only a drill.

The exercise also will test remote control of the ventilation fans from Metro’s Rail Operations Control Center, as well as the response and incident coordination of fire and EMS, Metro operations, Transit Police and support personnel.

The exercise is the second in a series of quarterly full-scale drills scheduled to improve responder training in the wake of the January L’Enfant Plaza smoke incident.

(Photo via Payton Chung, on Flickr)

In late January, a Metro subway train filled with smoke in L’Enfant Plaza Metro Station and more than 80 passengers were sickened and an Alexandria, Virginia woman died after an electrical malfunction sent smoke billowing into a subway tunnel and the nearby L’Enfant Plaza station.

Now, a new study lays blame for the slow response to the tragedy on the 911 center in Washington, DC.

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The 2015 Rock ‘n’ Roll DC Marathon & 1/2 Marathon presented by CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield is coming to Washington, D.C. this Saturday March 14 and if you’re thinking about driving to D.C. on that morning, don’t.

The Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Marathon & CareFirst Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon will bring more than 30,000 runners and walkers to the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area, in addition to tens of thousands of spectators, family and friends.

To get the most out of your weekend and minimize stress, be aware of the road closures for this race and plan ahead for an alternate route or added travel time.

Most road closures and detours will be in effect between the hours of 7:00 AM and 2:00 PM. The race begins at 7:30 AM, and streets will reopen on a rolling basis as soon as the last participant has passed and all course support materials have been removed. Streets along the earlier miles of the route will open earlier than roads along the end of the route. Please review the road closure grid, freeway ramp closure grid, and course map (PDF) as well as the interactive road closure map (see below) for more information.

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