Tips for traveling to and within Washington, D.C IMPORTANT UPDATE REGARDING THE DC METRO: Metro is undergoing a major maintenance work plan to improve safety and fix defects. This involves 16 "Safety Surges" - long duration track outages for major projects in key parts of the system. From March 4 to April, the Blue and Yellow lines in the Arlington and Alexandria area will be affected and travel times will be significantly longer than normal. Metro states: “Due to reduced capacity and expected longer travel times, Metrorail riders are encouraged to consider using alternate travel options while safety surge work is scheduled on their line. Trains and platforms may be extremely crowded during peak periods and customers may experience extended delays.”
Navigating D.C. Please note that Washington, DC has four quadrants: NW, NE, SW and SE, with the U.S. Capitol Building’s rotunda as the center. The dividing streets are North Capitol, East Capitol, South Capitol and the National Mall. For any address in the city you will need to know the quadrant. For example, if you give an address to a cab driver he will need to know the quadrant as there are many identical addresses.
The morning rally and the protest at the National Press Club are both in the NW quadrant. The rally at the Capitol is technically both in the NW and SW quadrant because the Mall is basically split down the middle.
A helpful tip is to remember that streets running north and south are numbered (1st, 2nd, etc.) and streets running east-west are letters (Note: there is no “J Street”).
Airport Information The closest airport is Washington National Airport (DCA), which is located just across the Potomac River in Arlington, Virginia. The airport is served by the Blue and Yellow lines. To get to the White House area from the airport take the Blue line train marked Blue Line to Largo Town Center, exit at the Farragut West Metro Station and use the 18th & I (EYE) Street NW station exit. More information about ground transportation can be found on the DCA website.
The two other options for airports are Dulles International (IAD) and Baltimore Washington International (BWI). Metro service from Dulles to downtown Washington is not yet available but there is Metro bus service. Take Bus 5A to the Rosslyn Metro stop, which serves the Blue, Orange and Silver lines. From here, you would take a Blue, Orange or Silver train to McPherson Square to reach Lafayette Park. The cost is $7 per person ($3.50 for seniors and people with disabilities). See the following link for the schedule for the 5A bus. You can also take the Washington Flyer bus to the Wiehle-Reston East Metrorail station on the Silver Line. To find out when the Washington Flyer leaves the airport and its cost, go to the Washington Flyer website. Plan on it taking about an hour to get from Dulles Airport to downtown D.C. The airport has additional information on its website regarding ground transportation.
The third airport option is Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI). There are several options for getting from BWI to downtown DC. One option is to take Metro Bus B30 to connect to the Metrorail. The fee is $7 (exact change required). The B30 takes you to Greenbelt Metrorail station on the Green Line. To find out when the bus leaves the airport, see the B30 schedule. You can also take a shuttle from the airport to the MARC rail station and take the MARC train to Union Station. Additional information on ground transportation can be found at the BWI website.
Metro Information: The Metro has six lines each named a color (red, blue, yellow, orange, green and silver). They each go in two directions and are named for the last stop on the line.
Plan your trip: https://www.wmata.com/schedules/trip-planner/
The morning rally will take place at Lafayette Park, which is located at Pennsylvania Avenue, NW and Jackson Place, NW.
The closest Metro stop to Lafayette Park is McPherson Square, which serves the Blue and Orange lines. Use the Vermont Avenue exit.
The next closest is Farragut West, which also serves the Blue and Orange lines. When exiting at Farragut West make sure you use the 17th Street exit.
The closest Red line stop is Farragut North. If taking the red line and walking is not an issue for you, it is recommended (due to the unreliable nature of the metro) you exit at Farragut North and walk from there rather than transferring at Metro Station to the Blue or Orange line to get to McPherson Square.
Taking Metro to the National Press Club (9:00 AM to 11:00 AM):
If you are unable to get to the morning rally at Lafayette Park, please join up with us the National Press Club.
To reach the National Press Club by Metro, take the Metro to the Metro Center stop (this is a transfer station for the red, blue, orange and silver lines). Take the 13th Street Exit, which will put you at the corner of 13th and G Streets. Walk one block south to F Street. Turn right (West) and walk one block to 14th Street Turn left and walk downhill to the National Press Building.
Taking Metro to the U.S. Capitol (1:00 PM to 5:00 PM):
If you are unable to participate in the march from the National Press Club to the U.S. Capitol, the easiest way to get to the Capitol will be to taxi or Uber. If you would like to use the Metro, the closest Metro stops to the U.S. Capitol are Union Station (Red) and Federal Center (Blue, Orange and Silver). Driving and Parking Information: Driving into D.C. can be difficult due to traffic. Parking is expensive. The National Press Club has driving directions from Maryland and Virginia and information on nearby parking on its website. There is free 2 and 3 hour parking on the Mall but finding a spot is not always easy. Please pay attention to the details of the parking signs. Many streets do not allow parking during rush hours.
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