Sports Meet Traffic Today and Friday
This may be a bit more of a challenge than navigating to, or through, the first two games at the new baseball stadium: This evening, we have three sports events in Washington; and on Friday evening, two.
Something important for Nats fans: The free parking at RFK will move from Lot 8 to Lot 7 on Wednesday night, and whenever the Nats and DC United overlap. So DC United fans will be using the RFK access road to Lot 8. The Nats recommend that baseball fans reach Lot 7 by taking either the Whitney Young (East Capitol Street) Bridge or Oklahoma Avenue. The free Nationals Express shuttle will meet baseball fans at Lot 7.
Transit Users: Metro did very well on Monday night, but only the Nats were playing. Today and Friday will be much more challenging. In addition to the stations that directly serve the arenas -- Gallery Place for the Wizards tonight and the Capitals on Friday, Stadium-Armory for DC United and Navy Yard for the Nats -- watch for crowding at the main transfer stations: Gallery Place (again), Metro Center and L'Enfant Plaza.
Metro says it will operate normal rush period service before the games. Afterward, the transit authority says, Metrorail will have up to 25 additional trains available throughout the system. That breaks down this way: Eight extra trains available on the Yellow and Green lines, 11 extra for the Orange and Blue lines and six extra for the Red Line.
For Gallery Place Station: Regular afternoon commuters who want to avoid the Wizards crowds at the 7th and F streets entrance could use the station entrances at 9th and G streets NW or at 7th and H streets NW. Or they could walk east to nearby Judiciary Square Station at 5th and F streets NW or west to Metro Center's entrance at 11th and G streets NW. (Fans who ride the Red Line could use the same walking strategy if they don't want to deal with Gallery Place crowding.)
For Stadium-Armory: Remember that there are two entrances. The closest to the stadium is the one on the north side, by the armory, but that's going to be more crowded. The other is on the south side, by old D.C. General Hospital. After the game, just walk a little farther down 19th Street from the main station entrance and you'll find it.
For Navy Yard: Fans did very well on Monday night using the rebuilt west side entrance, nearest the stadium. If the two escalators look crowded, try the stairs behind them. Many riders not on the Green Line can skip a train transfer at a crowded station by using the N22 bus. Red Line riders can take it from Union Station. Blue and Orange Line riders can board at Eastern Market. The buses are scheduled to run every 10 minutes, and will drop you off at M Street near Nationals Park. (If you look at the bus route map on the timetable I linked to, note that the westward loop serving the Navy Yard area is eliminated after 5:30 p.m. weekdays, to speed up the ballpark service.)
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