Next month, Metro’s weekend riders will get some relief from maintenance delays in anticipation of the blossom tourists.
Wednesday, Metro announced a spring break of sorts to help with the people expected to visit D.C. during the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Metro will suspend weekend track work March 24 through April 15. Weeknight track work during cherry blossom season will be conducted after 10 p.m.
Metro is the most popular choice for getting to the Tidal Basin to see the blossoms. On average, the transit agency sees a 15 percent spike in ridership during the festival, and weekend numbers can double to near weekday levels when the weather is nice.
Festival officials expect to announce peak bloom predictions after March 1.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Japan.