- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 8, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) - Metro officials have announced five consecutive weekends where they will have regular service, largely free of track work. The weeks coincide with cherry blossom season, a time when weekend ridership can nearly double.

Metro said Tuesday that the regular service weekends will begin March 19 and conclude the weekend of April 16 and 17.

The National Park Service is predicting the peak bloom for the cherry trees around Washington’s Tidal Basin between March 31 and April 3. Peak bloom is when 70 percent of those trees are in bloom. The trees typically bloom for a week.

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