WASHINGTON - Metro will provide additional service and have extra employees on hand for next Tuesday's victory parade for the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals.
Metro said it will be providing rush-hour service for the entire day to accommodate the huge number of fans expected to travel to downtown Washington D.C. for the big celebration.
"On Tuesday, the rail system will open at 5 a.m. with regular morning rush hour service," Metro said in a news release. "However, instead of scaling back during the midday hours, Metro will continue operating trains at those same rush-hour frequencies throughout the day and into the evening commute. Trains will depart end-of-line stations every 8 minutes, with service as frequent as every 2 to 4 minutes at downtown stations served by multiple lines."
According to the permit submitted to the National Park Service by Monumental Sports & Entertainment, which owns the Capitals, over 100,000 people are expected to attend the parade.
Metro said the busiest stations are expected to be:
- Arlington Cemetery
- Foggy Bottom
- Federal Triangle
- Metro Center
- Federal Center SW
- L'Enfant Plaza
- Union Station
- Gallery Place
"As with any large-scale event, Metro Transit Police may make temporary changes to ensure your safety, including designating selected station entrances as "entry only" or "exit only," or turning off escalators where crowding conditions warrant," said Metro. "If an individual station becomes overcrowded, trains may temporarily bypass it. In addition, crowding conditions on platforms may also cause Metro to slow train speeds as they enter selected stations, which may result in brief delays."
Despite rush-hour service being provided throughout the day, Metro will be charging its regular weekday fare. Riders will be charged peak fares before 9:30 a.m. and between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Off-peak fares will be charged during other times.
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