WASHINGTON -- The Columbus Day holiday means you get a break from feeding that meter -- depending on where you park.
You can hang on to your quarters in most places in D.C. -- as well as in Arlington and Alexandria -- but Columbus day is not an official holiday in Montgomery County. Most things there -- including parking fees, Ride On Buses and recycling pickups -- are on a normal weekday schedule.
Also in D.C., residential parking, street sweeping and rush-hour violations are suspended. But keep in mind that parking restrictions at bus stops near Metro stations where crews are performing track work will be enforced.
Libraries in both Montgomery and Fairfax counties are closed, as are the D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles and the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration.
Fairfax County recreation centers are open on a regular schedule, although the McLean Community Center and Old Firehouse Teen Center are closed. Trash and recycling go on as usual in the county.
On the road, remember that reversible-lane roadways like the Rock Creek Parkway are open for two-way traffic during the rush hours in D.C. HOV restrictions also are lifted on Virginia roads.
As far as other public transportation options, VRE and MARC trains are not running. But TheBus in Prince George's County will run as usual, except for routes 51 and 52, which serve county government buildings closed today.
The Fairfax Connector is running on a holiday weekday schedule, and routes with weekday service operate according to the weekday schedule -- except for routes 335, 395, 585, 595 and 597, which will not operate.
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