WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — There’s no work taking place on the Metro system this weekend.

Metro is taking a break from its usual weekend track work for cherry blossom season.

The transit agency says it won’t conduct weekend work beginning this weekend and through April 14.

Metro says ridership increases by an average of more than 15 percent during the cherry blossom season. Weekend ridership can double to near-weekday levels during nice weather as people head to see the flowers.

Metro’s customer travel tips include:

  • Expect more crowded trains and stations during Cherry Blossom season.
  • To avoid crowds, avoid traveling at the height of the afternoon peak period, from 4-6 p.m.
  • Customers who regularly use Smithsonian Station, the most frequently used station for tourists arriving at the National Mall, are urged to stagger their arrival and departure times for work or use L’Enfant Plaza, Archives, Federal Triangle or Union Station as alternate stations during Cherry Blossom season.
  • Visitors can purchase a $14 Metrorail One-Day Pass for multiple trips. The One-Day Pass can be used for unlimited travel on the day it is first used.

More than 1 million people are expected in Washington to see the pink and white blossoms over the duration of this year’s festival. The National Park Service said Tuesday that the peak time to seek the flowers will be between April 3 and 6.

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