Rider Guide for the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

August 19th, 2013



August 28th is the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. During the week leading up to the anniversary, thousands are expected to visit Washington and we expect higher ridership than usual.

We have prepared a Rider Guide to help visitors use our system.

The 50th Anniversary March on Washington and the subsequent Freedom Festival will occur on Saturday, August 24. Below is additional guidance for visitors traveling to and from those events:

General Information

  • Metrorail will open at 7 a.m. and close at midnight.
  • Trains will operate on a regular Saturday schedule throughout the day.
  • The only scheduled track work will affect Franconia-Springfield station, where trains will depart every 24 minutes, rather than every 12 minutes.  The other 85 Metrorail stations will have normal service with no track work.  Riders should consider using stations other than Franconia-Springfield.

Getting There

Take Metrorail to:

Farragut North


Farragut West


Arlington Cemetery

Entry points to the Saturday event on the National Mall will be located near 17th Street on both sides of the World War II Memorial.

Foggy Bottom Station is recommended for guests with disabilities only.


Map of mall entrances and walking routes to the Saturday, August 24 events on the National Mall. Click for printable brochure version.

Travel Tips

  • Metro may experience high ridership as a result of events on the National Mall. Please plan accordingly.
  • Each passenger must have a SmarTrip® card or paper farecard to enter and exit the Metrorail system. To avoid lines, buy a card in advance for each member of your group. Be sure the card is loaded with enough value for both directions of travel (a complete round trip). A $1-per-trip surcharge applies when using a paper farecard.
  • For maximum convenience, buy a $14 One Day Pass, which allows unlimited Metrorail travel on the day it is used. You can buy a One Day Pass at any Metrorail station.
  • Your safety is important to us. Always stand back from the platform edge. Do not hold train doors (they do not reopen like elevator doors). Don’t take strollers on escalators. Take small children by the hand while riding the system.
  • If you see any unattended items or suspicious activity, notify Metro Transit Police at 202-962-2121.
  • Parking at all Metro-owned lots and garages is FREE on Saturdays and Sundays. On weekdays, you will need to pay the parking fee using value on a SmarTrip® card or with a credit card. Cash is not accepted.
  • For safety reasons, charter/tour buses are prohibited from entering Metrorail stations at any time. Charter/tour bus operators should follow instructions available on the event website.

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