Metro to run extra bus service to airports for Inauguration Weekend
More bus service from BWI,Dulles airports
Metro is doubling the number of passengers it can carry on its buses that serve the Washington region’s major international airports for Inauguration Weekend.
Metro will run additional buses from Friday, January 16 through Wednesday, January 21 on the B30 Route, which runs from the Greenbelt Metrorail station on the Green Line to the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and on the 5A Route, which will run a special express service from Rosslyn Metrorail station on the Blue and Orange lines to Washington Dulles International Airport. The expansion is to meet an influx of air travelers heading to the Washington region for the January 20th Inauguration.
The 5A normally stops at L’Enfant Plaza and Rosslyn Metrorail stations, but on Tuesday, January 20, buses will not service L'Enfant Plaza due to traffic restrictions and congestion. Buses will service the Tysons-Westpark Transit Station and the Herndon-Monroe Park and Ride Lot on a Saturday schedule for Inauguration Day.
Buses will operate on a weekday enhanced schedule for the 5A and B30 routes with buses running every 15-20 minutes, instead of every 30 minutes during the six-day period. Metro also will run two new longer articulated buses on each line. The articulated or accordion style, buses can carry 103 people versus 76 people on a standard bus.
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport is the only regional airport directly served by a Metrorail stop on the Yellow and Blue lines. Travelers also can take the 13F and 13G buses which run from the airport to Federal Triangle and Southwest Washington, D.C.
For more information about Metrobus service for the inauguration or to sign up for special e-alerts, dedicated to the Inauguration, please visit Metro’s Web site at http://www.wmata.com/inauguration. E-alerts will be issued when Metro has news relating to service throughout Inauguration weekend.
News release issued at 2:17 pm, January 12, 2009.