WASHINGTON -- Some city services will be suspended in Washington in observance of Columbus Day. The holiday may also serve as a preview of what's to come if the federal government shutdown continues.
The city's Department of Public Works says there will be no parking enforcement or trash collection on Monday. But both services could be suspended again because of the shutdown. The District of Columbia is barred from spending local tax dollars without approval by Congress, and the city has been using emergency funds to continue operating. Those funds are expected to run out sometime this week.
If the money runs out and the city government shuts down, parking enforcement would be suspended, and trash collection would be cut back to once every two weeks.
Other Columbus Day Changes
MARC trains will not run on Monday. Amtrak trains do not honor MARC weekly passes on holidays when MARC is not operating.
In a change from the past, VRE is planning to provide service. Trains will run on an "S" schedule. VRE says the number of riders on Monday will be used to "determine what service, if any, we will run on other 'soft' holidays, like Veterans Day, MLK, Presidents Day, etc." VRE will not provide feeder bus service Monday.
Metrorail will open at 5 a.m., but otherwise operate on a Saturday schedule. Metro parking lots are free on Columbus Day, and there is no track work scheduled. Metrobus will operate on a Saturday supplemental schedule. MetroAccess service will operate on a regular schedule, but subscription trips will be canceled.
MTA Commuter Buses will not be running, except for route 201.
OmniRide Commuter Bus and Metro Direct will operate on a modified holiday schedule Monday with limited service. OmniLink local buses and cross county connector service will operate a regular weekday schedule.
PRTC warns that Dumfries OmniLink riders who use the College Road stops at the NOVA Campus may instead need to catch the bus on Neabsco Mills Road if scheduled roadwork continues into Monday.
Loudoun County Transit commuter buses will operate on a limited schedule. There will be no service from St. Andrew, Ashburn North, Dulles South, Christian Fellowship Church, Goose Creek Village, Brambleton or Our Lady of Hope. There will also be no Ashburn LINK Shuttle service.
Fairfax Connector will run on a holiday weekday schedule.
DASH will operate a Saturday schedule on Columbus Day. The King Street Trolley will operate every 15 minutes between the King Street Station and the Alexandria waterfront.
ART buses 41, 42, 51, 77 and 87 will run on Saturday schedules. All other routes will not operate.
RideOn buses will operate on a normal weekday schedule since Columbus Day is not an official Montgomery County holiday.
TheBus in Prince George's County will operate normal service, except for the routes that serve the County Administration Building. Routes 51, 51 extended and 52 will not run. Paratransit and Call-A-Bus will also not run Monday.
As in D.C., parking meters and time limits in Alexandria will not be enforced Monday.
Drivers do need to feed parking meters and observe all usual weekday parking restrictions in Montgomery and Arlington counties.
Schools are closed in many, but not all, parts of the area.
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