What’s open and closed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

WASHINGTON — The Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday will mean several changes to what is open Monday.

All government offices and courts are closed, as are most banks.

Transportation

On the roads, High Occupancy Vehicle restrictions are not in effect on Interstates 66, 395 and 270 and the Dulles Toll Road. HOV restrictions are in effect on U.S. 50 in Maryland. There will be two-way traffic all day on D.C.’s reversible roads, including Connecticut Avenue, Canal Road and the Rock Creek Parkway. The 95 Express Lanes operate on a normal Monday schedule, meaning they will reverse the lanes from northbound to southbound at 11 a.m.

On Metro, the rail system will open at 5 a.m. and close at midnight. Trains will run on a Saturday schedule with no track work scheduled. Off-peak fares will be in effect all day, and parking is free at all Metro-operated facilities. Virginia Railway Express will not be in service for the day, and MARC trains will run on an “R” schedule on all three lines.

Metrobus will run on a Saturday supplemental schedule. MetroAccess will operate on its normal hours, but subscription trips will be canceled unless specifically requested.

Local buses will see some changes:

  • ART 41, 42, 43, 45, 51, 55, 77 and 87 will operate Saturday service. All other ART routes will not operate. The ART Call Center will be closed.
  • Alexandria DASH will operate on a Saturday schedule.
  • Fairfax Connector will follow a holiday weekday schedule. All routes operate regular weekday service except: Routes 231, 232, 335, 393, 394, 395, 422, 432, 461, 494, 495, 556, 585, 599, 624, 634, 644, 724, and 985, which will NOT operate at all; Route 980 will run every 12 to 15 minutes instead of every 6 to 8 minutes.
  • Loudoun County Bus will have no commuter bus service into D.C. and Arlington and will have significantly reduced service to the Wiehle-Reston East and West Falls Church Metro stations. There will also be significantly reduced Metro-Connect services to the Wiehle-Reston East and West Falls Church Metro stations.
  • CUE Bus will run a modified weekday service.
  • Ride On buses will run on a special holiday schedule.
  • TheBus will operate all routes except for Route 51. Call-A-Bus will not operate.

Parking meters will not be enforced in most parts of the region, including D.C., Alexandria, Arlington, Montgomery County and the area towns and cities. Montgomery County parking garages are also free for the holiday.

The parade

The 11th annual MLK Parade steps off from the RISE Center, on the St. Elizabeth Campus, and heads north on Martin Luther King Avenue Southeast. The parade will turn west on Good Hope Road Southeast, and end at Anacostia Park. The parade route will be closed to traffic from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Recreational facilities

Most county recreation areas will be open, though there are exceptions:

D.C.: All recreation/community centers, administrative offices and aquatic facilities will be closed. All synthetic fields, playgrounds, tennis courts and basketball courts will be open.

Alexandria: The Chinquapin Park Recreation Center will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the Charles Houston Recreation Center will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. All other recreation centers are closed.

Arlington: Offices and recreation centers are closed, but park grounds are open. Classes and leagues are off for the day.

Fairfax County: All recreation facilities are open, but all historic sites are closed.

Montgomery County: Aquatics programs and facilities will be open; all other classes and programs are canceled; administrative office, senior centers and community centers will be closed. All Montgomery park nature centers will be closed for the holiday, but all other park facilities will operate on standard operating hours.

Prince George’s County: All recreation facilities will be open except for senior centers and historic rental properties.

Trash pickup

Most jurisdictions will have normal trash pickup, except for the following:

D.C.: Trash and recycling collections are delayed one day for the week. For example, Monday’s trash  will be picked up Tuesday, Tuesday will be picked up Wednesday, etc.

Alexandria: Trash and recycling collections will be delayed by one day for the week.

Fairfax City: Monday trash and recycling will be collected Tuesday.

Montgomery County: No trash will be collected on Monday. Trash will be collected on a sliding schedule for the week. Trash should be curbside by 7 a.m. on the scheduled pickup day.

Prince George’s County: No bulky trash pickups will take place. Otherwise, there are no changes.

Anne Arundel County: There are no collection changes, but landfill and recycling centers will be closed.

Frederick City: Trash will be collected Tuesday instead of Monday, except for the Downtown Commercial District. There will be no recycling downtown, but residential recycling will not be affected.

Residents with private trash pickup will need to contact their provider.

Libraries

All libraries are closed across the region, except for the Central Rappahannock Regional Library system, which will be open. That system serves Stafford, Spotsylvania and Fredericksburg in Virginia.

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