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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 take to reach the stadium.

How to recognize them: The first two rail cars will be wrapped in the red and white Nationals logo.

After the game: Metro will provide free one-way shuttle bus service from RFK to Union Station. That starts after the eighth inning. You can find the buses across from the Armory, facing 19th Street. Also, extra trains will be put into service to handle post-game crowds.

You can read more details here.

Meanwhile, Metro has added 24 rail cars throughout the system. The timing is terrific, given the crowds that head for the Tidal Basin to see the blossoms, which are at peak now. But these are permanent additions to all the lines. For some lines, it means you'll see eight-car trains, while for others it means that trains that used to be four cars will now be six.

If you're driving: Remember that it's best to park at one of the stadium lots. If you're looking for street parking, make sure you're outside of the neighborhood zone, where it is illegal to park during stadium events unless you have a resident sticker or a visitor pass from a resident. Here's a map outlining the zone.

By Robert Thomson  |  April 2, 2007; 8:36 AM ET
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Hey Mr. Thomson,

"make sure you're outside of the neighborhood zone"? Are you kidding? Remember, even outside the restricted zone, there are still neighborhoods and people there that aren't thrilled about having tons of people use their already crowded streets as a parking lots for suburbanites. How about either take Metro, or park in the parking lots. No other choice. If you choose to drive, you should do so with the knowledge that you're going to have to pay for parking too. No cheating.

Posted by: IMGoph | April 2, 2007 9:09 AM | Report abuse

I'm with IMGoph on this one, I live in Virginia and when I went to Nationals games, we parked at the stadium or rode Metro (and got stuck after the Sunday night game against Atlanta when the trains stopped running 30 minutes after the final pitch.

Posted by: I agree | April 2, 2007 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Metro is for losers.

Posted by: Hank Cat | April 2, 2007 9:30 AM | Report abuse

And if you drive, enjoy the parking, because the new stadium isn`t going to have any [except for the skybox folks and those that get there 3 hours early.]

Posted by: gitarre | April 2, 2007 9:37 AM | Report abuse

That's why they invented Metro.

Posted by: Stick | April 2, 2007 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Let me get this straight: Metro is proposing fare increases and service reductions, but gives FREE rides to people buying $50 (and up) baseball tickets and $6 beers? Um, there couldn't be a basket- or use the actual bus fare hopper- and charge a flat/token dollar???

Posted by: Casey at the Till | April 2, 2007 3:03 PM | Report abuse

I was bummed, I JUST missed the express train (STUPID bloody tourists never get the #$%^ out of the way on the $#@&* escalators.....) I wanted to try it. But all was not lost, as on the slow train I ran into someone I had not seen in 10 years.

The bus to Union Station was nice. They did it last year too. I would gladly pay to use that after day games, as it certainly beats fighting the crowd at Stadium-Armory. For night games, I drive and will continue to do so this year because driving home is considerably faster than Metro. (Next year, who knows.)

Posted by: Rich | April 2, 2007 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Metro said they'd be getting rid of the four car trains by December. I guess that never happened either.

Posted by: Nick | April 3, 2007 12:17 PM | Report abuse

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