The Washington Metro System
The price of your trip on Metro varies based on the length of your trip; this is the Metro webpage showing Metro rail fares. You will need to purchase a Metro SmarTrip Card to ride either metro trains or the Metro buses; you can purchase SmarTrip Cards at any Metro rail station or at these locations. Once you have a SmarTrip Card, you can load any U.S. currency amount onto it. When you enter and exit a Metro rail station, you will need to pass your SmarTrip Card over the magnetic “reader” at the turnstyles; as you exit, the reader will deduct the appropriate amount from your SmarTrip Card depending on how far you have traveled.
Metro is in the process of a year-long rail maintenance effort called SafeTrack. SafeTrack affects different parts of the city at different times, and we are fortunate that the part of the SafeTrack project that will be taking place during IFLAPREatLOC is unlikely to affect delegates’ travel plans. Nonetheless, slowdowns due to SafeTrack, as well as more general maintenance projects on Metro, can delay Metro trips at any time. You may want to visit the Metro homepage and check their “Service Status” section before embarking on a trip via Metro.
Another public transportation option in Washington, D.C. is the DC Circulator bus. The Circulator has six routes around the DC area and into Rosslyn, Virginia, and costs $1 to ride. You do not need a SmarTrip card to ride the Circulator.
The most relevant route for our delegates might be the Union Station/Navy Yard Circulator Route, which runs every 10 minutes between Union Station and Navy Yard and has a stop directly outside of the Madison Building of the Library of Congress. If you were to continue from Union Station and head east past the Library of Congress, you would also pass the Eastern Market and Barracks Row neighborhoods, with plenty of restaurants and shops, and you would end your journey in Navy Yard, which also boasts a number of restaurants as well as a river-side park and the Nationals’ baseball stadium.
We look forward to welcoming you to Washington, D.C., and if you have any questions about transportation around the city, please ask us in the comment box below.