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No Weekend Track Work Because Of Cherry Blossoms

5:31 AM, Mar 19, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (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.

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 Monday that the peak time to seek the flowers will be between March 26 and 30.

 

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