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Get There: September 3, 2006 - September 9, 2006

Football at FedEx Monday Night

The Redskins will play the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night at FedExField in their regular season opener. Game time is 7 p.m. Metro has advice for fans on getting to the game, but I'd also like to hear from people who have driven to FedEx. What special challenges arise from a night game on a weekday? Is getting to the opening game the most difficult event of the season, because a certain percentage of fans are new to that trip? And has anyone who has traveled by transit encountered difficulties with the service, particularly after the game? Here's what Metro advises: -- Monday evening's rush hour is likely to be extra crowded because of the game. The subway system will remain open till 1 a.m. After the game, Metro will have up to 14 additional trains available on the Blue and Orange lines to ease congestion at the stations near...

By Robert Thomson  |  September 8, 2006; 10:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Transit Advisory for Immigration Rally

Metro is tailoring this afternoon's service to accommodate the immigrant rights advocates participating in a 4 p.m. rally on the Mall as well as commuters. Rush hour service will begin an hour early, at 2 p.m. and continue as needed according to ridership demands, the transit authority says. The peak fares will be in effect for the usual period of 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. All trains will be six cars. Metro staffers will be available to provide information at the high-volume stations and parking facilities. To limit the backups that occur at the fare machines during such events, Metro staffers will be out selling fare cards at some of the end of the line stations and also at the stations near the Mall after the rally ends. The parking facilities probably will be crowded at odd times today because of the rally. Metro suggests that riders avoid taking routes...

By Robert Thomson  |  September 7, 2006; 5:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Help Plan a Long Commute

Just got back from a two-week vacation and found a letter from a worried mom whose daughter is beginning a commute from Herndon to Hyattsville. I'll tell her what I found by doing the directions on Google, Mapquest and Streets & Trips. But I thought I'd also ask the group for advice on routes and timing. So please send me your suggestions. Here's her letter: "My daughter will be doing a field placement in Hyattsville, MD [Beltway exit #29 E, then University Blvd. to Sargent Road] We live in Herndon, VA, three miles from the entrance to the Dulles Toll Road at Reston Parkway. I am at a loss as to what time she should be leaving here to arrive in Hyattsville by 8 A.M. Some friends have said she will be going against the traffic. She will leave her job at 4 P.M. That could be a tough trip...

By Robert Thomson  |  September 6, 2006; 11:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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