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Metro Weekend Track Work Suspended For Cherry Blossom Season

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Tourists turn up in the hundreds of thousands for the District's iconic cherry blossoms.
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Tourists turn up in the hundreds of thousands for the District's iconic cherry blossoms.

There's no scheduled maintenance on the Metro system this weekend, as the transit system is taking a break from its usual weekend track work for cherry blossom season.

Although the weather this week has felt more like winter at times, Spring is here, and the National Cherry Blossom Festival is underway. With more than a million people expected to visit Washington to see the cherry trees during this year's festival, Metro says it's holding off on weekend track work from this weekend through April 14.

Metro says its ridership increases by more than 15 percent on average during the cherry blossom season. Weekend ridership can double to near-weekday levels as people head to see the cherry trees.

The National Park Service moved its peak viewing estimate this week because of the chilly weather. The peak is now expected to come between April 3 and April 6.

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