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Get There: April 1, 2007 - April 7, 2007

Tips For Your Weekend Travel

The cool weather may keep some people indoors, but its cherry blossom festival, Easter and the first weekend of Nationals baseball at RFK Stadium. So here is some advice for planning your travels. What you're missing. (Robert Thomson) Getting Around: Downtown Washington will likely be crowded, so it's a good idea to take transit. This link will get you to a printable map and guide to the festival. Here's a link to a Metrorail map. Events: The big cherry blossom parade isn't till next Saturday, April 14. Big events this weekend are the fireworks at 8:30 p.m. Saturday on Water Street along the Southwest waterfront. The lantern lighting ceremony is Sunday from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Tidal Basin. Click here to view The Post's events guide for the cherry blossom festival, helpful whether you want to attend or avoid events. Bikes: Check out those "Blossoms by Bike"...

By Robert Thomson  |  April 6, 2007; 10:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Weekend Work  
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Where Will Va. Transportation Money Go?

Now that the Virginia state government has decided where the transportation money will come from, let's talk about where it will go. On Wednesday, the General Assembly approved Gov. Timothy M. Kaine's amendments to House Bill 3202, the one sponsored by House Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford). That bill will empower the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority, chaired by Chris Zimmerman of the Arlington County Board, to spend money on roads, rails, buses, bikeways and paths. Click for larger image of 2030 highway plan. Red indicates hour or more of stop/go traffic per day; yellow indicates occasional stop/go traffic. The transporation authority has 16 members: the mayors or chairmen of the nine Northern Virginia cities and counties that are members of the authority; two members of the House of Delegates appointed by the House speaker; one senator; and two Northern Virginia citizens appointed by the governor. The authority embraces Arlington, Fairfax,...

By Robert Thomson  |  April 5, 2007; 7:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Transportation Politics  
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Buses on Bacon Still a Problem

Leslie Douglas, who leaves her office at 18th and I streets in time to reach Henry Bacon Drive at about 5 p.m. each weekday, was among many readers who wrote in to say that the buses are back. "It is consistently a disaster trying to get through that area each afternoon," Douglas wrote. These are the tour buses that bring visitors to the Lincoln Memorial area each day. Only they're not supposed to be there on Bacon Drive when Douglas and the other letter writers are on their way home. Bus stops and so does traffic during the Tuesday rush period on Bacon Drive. (Robert Thomson) "They chronically block the right lane near the new "visitors center" -- yesterday there were 4 of them lined up -- and traffic is forced to use the left lane only," Douglas said. "This, of course, backs traffic onto Constitution Avenue and thus the...

By Robert Thomson  |  April 4, 2007; 8:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Commuting  
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Transit, Traffic Lessons from RFK Opener

There was a moment yesterday when I thought I'd regret having recommending Metro as the way to get to the Nationals opener. It came while standing on the platform at Metro Center at about 12:15 p.m. The platform was packed. The trains were packed. When the first train pulled in, the people on the platform spread out in a solid phalanx across the doorways, preventing passengers from exiting the packed cars. After those inside had broken free, there were only a few seconds for people to board before the doors closed. And as you know, they do close, despite the best efforts of some would-be Sampsons to pull them apart. I looked at the electronic board. First thought was that the arrival times were too far apart and the trains should have been eight cars rather than six. When the next train pulled in, it was as jammed as the...

By Robert Thomson  |  April 3, 2007; 8:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
Categories:  Events  
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Getting To Nationals Game Today

Whether you're going to the Nationals home opener or the cherry blossoms, this would be a good time to get on a train and leave the car. For those reasons, it's also a test of Metro's ability to satisfy its customers. Weeks like this stress the transit system, but look for several improvements in service today. Metro will operate two express trains, skipping some stops to get fans to the game at RFK Stadium for the 1:05 p.m. game against the Florida Marlins. One Orange Line express leaves the Vienna Station at 12:14 p.m., and one Blue Line express departing Franconia-Springfield Station at 12:04 p.m. Each train will operate as an express to Rosslyn, then make local stops to Metro Center, then operate express to L'Enfant Plaza, then express to Stadium-Armory Station. For non-expressers, Metro's online Trip Planner is helpful in calculating the best route and the time it will...

By Robert Thomson  |  April 2, 2007; 8:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Events  
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