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Metro is preparing for large crowds and traffic detours during Pope Francis’ three-day visit to Washington, D.C. Tuesday, September 22 through Thursday, September 24. Specific details on the visit are still in the planning stages, but Metro wants every passenger to start getting ready now with these key tips:

On Metrorail, expect station & service adjustments. Some station entrances may be temporarily closed based on security needs. Trains and stations near Papal events may experience heavy crowds.

  • Expect Metrobus detours.Many Metrobus routes near Papal events and the parade route will be detoured or shortened. Click for complete details.
  • Regular hours and fares in effect. Metrorail will open at 5 a.m. and close at midnight both days of the Papal visit. Regular weekday fares and parking fees will be in effect.
  • Pope Francis Visit to D.C. Travel Information




Metro is continuously working to create a better bus service for you and your clients. Metro is proposing service changes to select bus routes based on input from customers and the region.

Please take a moment to review the attached flyer (English and Spanish on reverse) to see if a bus route that serves your clients will be impacted. You can print the 2-sided flyer directly or let me know how many you would like for me to send to your organization.

Information is also available online at: Select your jurisdiction for details.

DOWNLOAD - BetterBus flyer English-Spanish






Bus Stop Accessibility Information Now Available on Metro’s Trip Planner

Metro has added a bus stop accessibility feature to its online Trip Planner. This feature will enable customers to be informed about the accessibility features of every bus stop served by Metrobus.  By using the new feature, riders can learn whether a bus stop has a shelter or bench, the availability of nearby crosswalks and curb ramps, and more.

To utilize Metro’s new bus stop accessibility feature, simply click on any Metro bus stop that appears in a Trip Planner itinerary, and it will give you a comprehensive checklist of all the accessible features offered at that bus stop.

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Metro will host a community meeting to present service improvement proposals for the Annandale service area metro(Metrobus Routes 16A, 16D, 16L, 29C, 29E, 29G, 29H, 29X). The meeting is being held to gather public comment on service improvement proposals in advance of future Public Hearings on Metrobus service changes scheduled for late summer.

The public meeting will be held:

June 17, 2014 – 5:30-7:30 p.m.
George Mason Regional Library
7001 Little River Turnpike
Annandale, VA 22003

This meeting will be held in an open-house format in the library’s meeting room.  Metro staff will be present to present service proposals, answer questions and receive comments.

More information.