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Transportation changes for Christmas Eve through New Year's Day

Monday - 12/24/2012, 7:55am  ET

WASHINGTON - Many things will be closed or will run on a changed service schedule in the next week because of Christmas and the New Year's holidays.

The White House has given federal employees the day off and has closed all executive branch departments and agencies on Christmas Eve. Christmas Day is a federal holiday.

The mail will be delivered as usual on Christmas Eve.

Many grocery stores change their hours for the holidays, with some closing entirely on Christmas Day. Check with your local store.

Virginia ABC stores will close at 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve and be closed on Christmas Day.

Montgomery County liquor stores will close at 7 p.m. on Christmas Eve and be closed on Christmas Day.

Transportation

Roads

The Virginia Department of Transportation says HOV restrictions will be lifted on Christmas Eve.

HOV restrictions will also be lifted on Christmas Day.

Normal HOV restrictions will resume on Dec. 26. HOV restrictions in Virginia will also be lifted on New Year's Day.

Roads controlled by the National Park Service, like the Rock Creek Parkway, will switch to rush-hour lane alignments on Christmas Eve.

HOV restrictions on I-270 in Maryland are in effect on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve, but are not in effect on Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

Metro

On Christmas Eve, Metro will run regular weekday service, with rail service from 5 a.m. until midnight.

On Christmas Day, Metrorail and bus will run on a Sunday schedule. Rail service will run from 7 a.m. to midnight.

On New Year's Eve, Metro will have regular weekday service, with rail service running until 2 a.m.

On New year's Day, Metro will run on a Sunday schedule.

MARC

On Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve, MARC will only run the Penn and Brunswick Lines on an "S" schedule. There will be no Camden Line service.

Find more information about those schedules here.

There will be no MARC service on Christmas or New Year's Day.

VRE

VRE will not run on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day or New Year's Day.

VRE will run trains on an "S" schedule on New Year's Eve.

Arlington ART bus

Routes 41, 42, 51, 77 and 87 will operate on a Saturday schedule on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. No other routes will operate on those days.

Route 41 and 51 and will operate on a Sunday schedule on Christmas Day and New Year's day. No other routes will operate on those days.

Fine more information about those schedules here.

DASH

The DASH bus will run a Saturday schedule on Christmas Eve. All routes will stop running at 7 p.m. The DASH bus will not run on Christmas Day.

The King Street Trolley will run from 11:30 a.m. to 10:15 p.m. on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Fairfax Connector

The Fairfax Connector bus will run on a regular weekday schedule on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Buses will run on a Sunday schedule on Christmas day and New Year's Day.

Fairfax CUE

Buses will run on a normal weekday schedule, with all service ending at 7 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

Buses will not run on Christmas or new Year's Day.

Loudoun County Transit

There will be no service on Christmas Eve, Christmas day or New Year's Day.

OmniRide

There will be reduced service on Christmas Eve. Find more information here

There will be no service on Christmas day or New Year's Day.

Ride On

On Christmas Eve, buses will be running on a weekday schedule, but buses will leave for their last trips at 10 p.m.

Buses will operate on a Sunday schedule on Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

Find more information here.

The Bus

There will be no service Christmas Day or New year's Day.

Parking

D.C.

The city will not enforce meters, residential parking rules or rush hour restrictions on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day or New Year's Day.

All parking rules will be enforced on New Year's Eve.

Maryland

Montgomery County will not enforce parking on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day or New Year's Day.

Virginia

Arlington County will enforce parking meters on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve, but not on Christmas Day or New Year's Day.

Alexandria will not enforce parking on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.

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