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.
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