WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Women's March in DC

- It was a movement that brought hundreds of thousands of people to Washington D.C. Now the Women’s March is back for its second year with sister events planned across the nation.

Last year’s event was called the Women’s March on Washington. This year’s event will be the Women’s March: Power to the Polls – emphasizing the need for more women in government.

In 2017, people from all walks of life descended upon the nation’s capital on Jan. 21, which took place the day after President Donald Trump’s Inauguration. Meanwhile, about 650 marches around the United States brought an estimated three to five million people out.

“I couldn’t make it last year and it was all a little new,” explained Megan Sawyer, who traveled from Detroit to participate in this year’s march in D.C. “So after a year of everything that has gone on, I decided I wanted to come here and be with as many people as we can.”

“I don’t think it’s beneficial for anybody to sit on the sidelines and let bad things happen to go people all throughout the country,” added Jason Sawyer, also from Detroit. “I couldn’t sit on my couch without trying to do something. It just seemed like the most impactful, the best way I could speak my voice.” 

Organizers are not releasing the exact march route, but it will begin at 11 a.m. at the Reflecting Pool in front of the Lincoln Memorial. Marshals will direct marchers on where to go until they get to the White House.

DC STREET CLOSURES

Although the exact route isn’t clear, drivers can expect likely closures of Constitution Avenue, as well as potentially 15th and 17th streets. Connecting side streets could also be affected. Surrounding streets will be congested with diversions and the Metro will also be fuller than usual with out-of-town travelers.

As of right now, D.C. police say 17th Street will be closed from Constitution Avenue to H Street, NW. There will be short closures during crowd crossovers on Pennsylvania Avenue, G Street, F Street and E Street.

METRO SERVICE CHANGES

Metro riders will also have to contend with slower train service due to maintenance. Here are the Metrorail service changes that will take place on Saturday and Sunday:

Highlights

- Red Line trains every 12-24 minutes
- Orange and Blue line trains every 24 minutes
- Silver Line trains run every 24 minutes between Wiehle-Reston East and Ballston
- Yellow and Green lines run every 15 minutes

Red Line
Trains every 12-24 minutes

Red Line trains will operate every 24 minutes between Shady Grove and Glenmont throughout the weekend. Trains will run every 12 minutes between Farragut North and Glenmont stations between 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. 

Single tracking between Friendship Heights and Grosvenor to allow for the expanded water leak-mitigation project. This work will continue through Thursday, February 15, 2018.

Orange Line
Trains every 24 minutes

Single tracking between Foggy Bottom and Clarendon to allow for rail, fastener and cover board renewal. 

Silver Line
Trains every 24 minutes | Wiehle-Reston East to Ballston only 

Silver Line trains will operate between Wiehle-Reston East and Ballston only. Customers traveling to/from other stations should use Orange and/or Blue line trains to complete their trip. At Ballston, transfer between Silver and Orange line trains on the same platform. 

To allow for connections to Orange and Blue line trains, the last inbound Silver Line train will depart stations 24 minutes earlier than normal. wmata.com/stations to find last train times for your station.

Blue Line
Trains every 24 minutes

Single tracking between Foggy Bottom and Arlington Cemetery to allow for rail, fastener and cover board renewal.

Saturday 7:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Pentagon Station will be closed due to an emergency response drill. Trains will pass through but not stop at Pentagon station. Metrobuses normally serving the Pentagon Transit Center will be relocated to S Hayes St outside Pentagon City Metrorail station. 

Yellow Line
Trains every 15 minutes 

Yellow Line trains will operate every 15 minutes to coordinate with maintenance work on the Blue and Green lines.

Saturday 7:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Pentagon Station will be closed due to an emergency response drill. Trains will pass through but not stop at Pentagon station. Metrobuses normally serving the Pentagon Transit Center will be relocated to S Hayes St outside Pentagon City Metrorail station. 

Green Line
Trains every 15 minutes 

Single tracking between Southern Avenue and Naylor Road to allow for infrastructure cable renewal. 

For more information:
Schedules, real-time train arrivals and station information are available at wmata.com. For assistance by phone, call Metro customer information at (202) 637-7000 [TTY 202-638-3780].

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