Metro Running on Saturday Schedule for July Fourth

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WASHINGTON — Metro is running on a Saturday schedule for the Fourth of July holiday, but will add trains in the afternoon and evening to help accommodate crowds going to see the fireworks.

Metro says that trains on Friday will run on a Saturday schedule until about 2 p.m. and will then gradually ramp up to near rush hour service levels before and after the fireworks, which are scheduled to start at 9:10 p.m. Parking will be free at all metro-operated facilities and off-peak fares will be in effect all day.

Metro says riders should try using stations other than the Smithsonian or Federal Triangle stations, which often have the heaviest ridership for events on the National Mall. Metro buses will also be operating on a Saturday schedule.

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