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The Howard University homecoming parade and football game are among the weekend’s major events. (Mark Gail/The Washington Post)

We’re in for a delightful fall weekend, the Capital Weather Gang says. Sporting events will add crowds to the roads and Metro. Of particular note: Homecoming weekend at Howard University, with a parade and football game on Saturday, and the Best Buddies Challenge, with many roadway closings Saturday morning.

At Verizon Center, the Wizards play Friday night and the Capitals play Saturday night. This will add congestion on the Chinatown streets and at the Gallery Place Metro station. D.C. United plays at RFK Stadium on Saturday night. Watch for congestion in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, along the Anacostia Freeway and at the Stadium-Armory Metro station. And check the Metrorail schedule below to see the train schedules for this weekend.

The NFL game at FedEx Field starts at 1 p.m. Sunday. That adds traffic on the east side of the Capital Beltway and the streets around the stadium in Landover. The nearest Metro station is Morgan Boulevard, on the Blue Line. It’s nine-tenths of a mile south of FedEx Field.

Here are some details about events and work zones that could affect your weekend travels.

Howard homecoming
The homecoming parade is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. and end about 12:30 p.m. Saturday on the streets near Howard University. The nearest Metro stations are U Street and Shaw-Howard University.

The staging area is in front of the Johnson Administration Building at 2400 Sixth St. NW. The streets along the route will be closed during the parade. This is the route: North on Sixth Street to Fairmont Street, west to Georgia Avenue NW, south to Florida Avenue NW, east to Fifth Street NW, north to T Street NW, east to Third Street NW, north to Elm Street NW, east to Second Street NW, north to Bryant Street NW, west to Fourth Street NW, north to the Valley (between College Street NW and Howard Place NW) , where the parade ends.

The Howard Bison will play Florida AM at 1 p.m. Saturday at Greene Stadium on the Howard campus. Watch for the extra traffic on nearby Georgia Avenue.

Best Buddies Challenge
The Best Buddies ride, run, walk charity event is scheduled for Saturday, and it will temporarily close many roadways. Various events start in the morning at the Washington Monument. See the list of events and times on the event’s Web site.

The D.C. police department announced closings along the route, starting as early as 6 a.m.:

  • Clara Barton Parkway, Chain Bridge Road to Glen Echo (turn-a-round) access to MacArthur Boulevard NW (closed 6 to 9:30 a.m.)
  • Canal Road from 36th Street to Chain Bridge Road NW (closed 6 to 10 a.m.)
  • M Street NW eastbound from Reservoir Road (closed 6 to 10 a.m.)
  • Reservoir Road from V Street to Canal Road (minimal access to Fletcher’s Boat House, follow police direction)
  • Whitehurst Freeway NW (closed 6 to 10 a.m.)
  • M Street will be open westbound (M Street will be closed eastbound only from Canal Street to the Key Bridge between 6 and 10 a.m.)
  • Ohio Drive SW (access to Potomac Golf Course only)
  • Memorial Bridge NW (closed 6 to 10:30 a.m.)
  • Independence Avenue from 14th Street to 23rd Street (closed 6 to 10:30 a.m.)
  • 17th Street from Independence Avenue SW to Constitution Avenue NW (closed 6 to 10:30 a.m.)
  • 15th Street from Maine Avenue to E Street SW (closed 6 to 9 a.m.)
  • 15th Street from Independence Avenue SW to Constitution Avenue NW (closed 3:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)
  • Westbound Constitution Avenue NW and Westbound Pennsylvania Avenue SW at Third Street SW (closed 6 to 9 a.m.)
  • 14th Street from Independence Avenue SW to Pennsylvania Avenue NW (closed 6 to 9 a.m.)
  • Pennsylvania Avenue between Third Street and 15th Street NW (closed 6 to 9 a.m.)
  • Madison Drive from Third Street to 15th Street NW (No traffic northbound toward Constitution Avenue from 6 to 9 a.m.)
  • East Basin Drive between the Interstate 395 South ramp and Ohio Drive SW (closed 6 to 10 a.m.)
  • Buckeye Drive between I-395 North and Ohio Drive (closed 6 to 10:30 a.m.)
  • Constitution Avenue NW from 15th Street to Third Street NW (closed 6 to 9 a.m.)
  • I-395 ramp to Maine Avenue SW (closed 6 to 10:30 a.m.)
  • 12th Street tunnel inbound from Virginia to Constitution (closed 6 to 9 a.m.) Traffic will be able to exit at the D Street SW ramp and L’Enfant Promenade SW.

Light the Night Walk
The charity walk is scheduled for 5 p.m. at Freedom Plaza in downtown Washington. Streets along the route are scheduled to close as participants pass by, reopening by 9:30 p.m. This is the route:
From Pennsylvania Avenue and 12th Street NW, east on Pennsylvania, right on Third Street, crossing onto the path leading to the Capitol Reflecting Pool, around the pool, right onto Maryland Avenue SW, onto Second Street leading back to Third Street, right onto Independence Avenue, right onto Fourth Street NW, left on Pennsylvania Avenue NW, back to 13th Street NW.

Metrorail schedule changes
Red Line. From 12:01 a.m. Saturday through the rail system’s midnight closing Sunday, the Brookland, Fort Totten and Takoma platforms will be closed. (At Fort Totten, the lower platform for Green and Yellow Line trains remains open.)

Free shuttle buses will replace trains between the Silver Spring and Rhode Island Avenue stations. They will operate on two routes. An express will stop only at Rhode Island Avenue and Silver Spring. The trip will take about 25 minutes. A local route will stop at all the stations in this zone. The trip between each stop will take about 15 minutes.

On the open portions of the line, the trains are scheduled to operate every 10 minutes between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. At other times, they will operate on their normal weekend frequencies, so there will be bigger gaps between trains.

The last Red Line train of the night from Glenmont to Silver Spring will leave 40 minutes earlier than normal to make the shuttle bus connection. That means that on Friday and Saturday nights, the last train will leave Glenmont at 1:57 a.m. On Sunday, it will leave Glenmont at 10:57 p.m.

Throughout the weekend, crews will be working on the cables and tracks between Rhode Island Avenue and Silver Spring.

Orange, Silver, Blue lines. Crews will work on the platforms and tracks between Stadium-Armory and Cheverly. This will affect the spacing between trains on all three lines, because at some point along their routes, they share tracks. Trains on each line are scheduled to operate every 16 minutes between 10 p.m. Friday and the midnight closing Sunday.

Yellow Line. The bridge over the Potomac River is scheduled for its annual inspection this weekend. Trains are scheduled to operate every 16 minutes from 10 p.m. Friday through the midnight closing Sunday. They will end their northbound trips at Mount Vernon Square, rather than at Fort Totten. To continue north from Mount Vernon Square, wait for the next Green Line train.

The work schedule also affects where riders will board their trains at L’Enfant Plaza. On Friday night and all day Saturday, board on the Huntington platform. On Sunday, board on the Mount Vernon Square side.

Green Line. Crews will work on the tracks between L’Enfant Plaza and Navy Yard. Trains are scheduled to operate every 16 minutes from 10 p.m. Friday through the midnight closing Sunday. This work zone also affects where riders will board at L’Enfant Plaza. On Friday night and all day Saturday, board on the Greenbelt side. On Sunday, board on the Branch Avenue side.

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