Relying on the Metro over the holidays can be a bit nerve-racking.  Metro schedules go all wonky, and the last thing you want to do is miss out on festivities.  On New Year’s Eve you’re almost forced to rely on Metro, lest you are unable to find a cab or end up behind bars with a DUI.  Alas, Metro has released their holiday schedule, so you can start planning now.

On the weekend before Christmas (this weekend), all train service will operate normally.  That is, except for track work at the Greenbelt Station, which will be closed, with buses replacing trains from the Greenbelt to the College Park stations.  Avoid that area if possible.

On Christmas Eve, trains will start running at 5 a.m. and stop running at midnight.  Then on Christmas Day itself, trains will be running from 7 a.m. until midnight. Metro bus service will operate on Christmas day on a Sunday schedule.  It’s truly the one time of the year you feel bad for Metro employees.

On New Year’s Eve trains will run on a normal weekday schedule, and will be running two hours later than normal.  That means that if you’re going to be out partying, you should get your butt on the train before 2 a.m.  Taxis can be hard to come by as hordes of drunken revelers spill out of area bars.

If you’re one of the few people up and moving on New Year’s Day, trains will run from 7 a.m. until midnight.

There you have it, a very confusing Metro holiday schedule.