Red Line Weekend: Expect Delays, Riders Without Pants

Will you be participating in this year’s No Pants Subway Ride?

By Laura L Thornton 

This weekend, Red Line passengers can expect delays—and riders without pants.

First the deets on the delays: Metro says riders can expect delays through closing Sunday.

Red Line trains will run every 16 minutes between Shady Grove and Glenmont, with additional trains running between Shady Grove and Union Station from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Transit officials said the delays are needed to make way for fence replacement and light pole installation between NoMa-Gallaudet and Rhode Island Avenue stations.

Trains on the Blue, Orange, Yellow and Green lines will operate every 20 minutes. Green Line trains will operate every 20 minutes over the weekend test out new 7000-series railcars

>>> Read more about this weekend's delays on Metro's website.

These delays coincide with the "No Pants Subway Ride" this Sunday, The Washington Post reports. The annual ride was started by the New York City group Improv Everywhere in 2002, and has taken place in several cities across the world one day each winter for many years. 

In DC, a group of No Pants riders will meet at the L'Enfant Metro station at 2 p.m., according to the group's Facebook event page.

"The idea behind No Pants is simple: Random passengers board a subway car at separate stops in the middle of winter without pants. The participants do not behave as if they know each other, and they all wear winter coats, hats, scarves, and gloves. The only unusual thing is their lack of pants," Improv Everywhere states on its website.

According to The Post, participants are encouraged to bring pants with them, just in case.



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