If you're joining the crowds in Georgetown tonight, be forewarned that parking will not be a treat. Taking the bus won't be that great either.
Yeah, we know it's a hike to Georgetown from the Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro Station -- and with track maintenance convienently scheduled on the Orange Line, that option won't be great either -- but once you take a look at the bus options, you may find walking a treat.
(And later, instead of stumbling back home, you can call SoberRide at 1-800-200-TAXI. Or dial #8294 on your AT&T Wireless phone. You have to be 21 or older to use the service, which is only for fares up to $50.)
First, the DC Circulator. It's running every ten minutes between Union Station and Georgetown, but it's not running on M Street in Georgetown or on Wisconsin Ave., south of Q Street.
Of course, there's always Metrobus #'s 31, 32, 36, 38B, D1, D2, D3, D5, D6, and G2, but they too carries some caveats, like:
- The 31, 32 and 36 buses will be detoured between Wisconsin Avenue and Washington Circle via Q, 22nd and 23rd Streets
- The 38B buses will be detoured to K Street via the Whitehurst Freeway
Then there's the Georgetown Metro Connection bus. It will be available with bus service to and from the Rosslyn Metro Station (Orange and Blue Lines) and the Dupont Circle Metro Station (Red Line) -- albeit with modified service on Halloween night (hmmm, we're sensing a theme here...): M Street to Wisconsin Avenue, down to and along K Street to Washington Circle, up New Hampshire Avenue to DuPont Circle, and returning the same way.
There will be one set of stops at Potomac Street – the near corner in either direction, a set of stops at the Wisconsin Avenue canal bridge, and a set of stops at Thomas Jefferson on K Street.
This modified route will begin at 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon. The fare will remain $.50 with a SmarTrip card transfer from Metrorail at the Rosslyn and DuPont Metro stations. All other stops will be $1.00 in either direction. Senior and ADA fares remain the same at $.25.
M Street and Wisconsin Ave., NW, will remain open, but no-parking restrictions are in effect from 3 p.m. today until 6 a.m. Sunday, November 1 on:
- K Street, NW from 30th Street to Wisconsin Avenue
- Water Street, NW from 33rd Street to the Canal Tow Path
- 1000–1300 Blocks of Wisconsin Avenue, NW
- M Street, NW from 25th Street to the Key Bridge
- 1100 block of 26th Street, NW Road Closures
Meanwhile, the following streets are open to residents and business employees only from 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 31 until 4 a.m. on Sunday, November 1 -- and don't think you can skirt that rule: police said they will be checking drivers for proof of residency or work ID.
- 1000 block of Grace Street, NW
- 1000 block of Thomas Jefferson Street, NW
- 1000-1500 blocks of 29th Street, NW
- 1000 -1500 blocks of 30th Street, NW
- 1200-1300 blocks of Potomac Street, NW
- 1200-1500 blocks of 27th Street, NW
- 1200-1500 blocks of 28th Street, NW
- 1200-1600 blocks of 33rd Street, NW
- 1200-1700 blocks of 34th Street, NW
- 1500 block of 32nd Street, NW
- 1600-1700 blocks of 35th Street, NW
- 2600-3100 blocks of Dumbarton Street, NW
- 2600-3100 blocks of P Street, NW
- 2600-3600 blocks of O Street, NW
- 2700-3600 blocks of N Street, NW
- 2700 block of Poplar Lane, NW
- 2700-2900 blocks of Olive Street, NW
- 3100 Block of Blues Alley, NW
- 3100 Block of Oak Alley, NW
- 3100 Block of South Street, NW
- 3200-3400 Q Street, NW
- 3200 Block of Cecil Place, NW
- 3200-3600 blocks of Prospect Street, NW
- 3300-3400 blocks of Dent Place, NW
- 3300 blocks of Cady’s Alley, NW
- 900 Block 30th Street, NW
Meanwhile, in another spectacularly well-timed move by Metro (and yes, we are being sarcastic), there's track maintenance on the Red and Orange lines this weekend. Inbound and outbound trains will be sharing one track on each line, respectively, so add 30 minutes to your trip on either line.