WASHINGTON (AP) — Public transit in the Washington area is expected to run on a regular schedule as Hurricane Irene moves north.

However, bus and MetroAccess customers should leave extra time Sunday for their trips because surface transportation might have to detour around downed trees, power lines or any water on the roads.

Bus service began at 5 a.m. and the subway is opening at 7 a.m.

Metro planned last week to open the subway even earlier Sunday for the dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. But memorial organizers postponed the dedication because of the storm, so service is starting at its regular time.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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