Metro Adjusts for Cherry Blossom Crowds

WASHINGTON — Metro is adjusting to accommodate visitors heading downtown for the National Cherry Blossom Festival and to see peak bloom this weekend.

But some delays remain the same.

Service on most of the Blue and Yellow lines will occur at 24-minute intervals. However, additional Yellow Line trains will run between Reagan National Airport and Mt. Vernon Square to provide service every 12 minutes.

Regular weekend service is planned for the Red, Green, Orange and Silver lines.

Expect the same plan for the weekends of April 1-2 and 8-9.

During the festival’s closing weekend, April 15-16, regular service is expected everywhere except on the Green Line.

To avoid delays, even before boarding trains, Metro suggests adding enough money to your fare card for travel to avoid lines at vending machines downtown.

Metro also suggests that riders avoid the Smithsonian station, which can be rather crowded during the bloom, and instead consider the L’Enfant Plaza, Archives or Federal Triangle stations.

Other tips for navigating the crowds and more information on the how best to get around the District during blooms can be found on the Metro site.

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