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Navigating Metrorail This Weekend

The track work and resulting delays this weekend will be quite extensive. They affect the Green, Yellow and Orange lines, but it's the Green and Yellow that will be hardest hit, because of the switch replacement project at Mount Vernon Square. You Red Line riders suffered over the winter and are getting a bit of a break right now.

The transit authority estimates that between 11 p.m. Friday and the end of service on Sunday, Green and Yellow line passengers should add 30 to 45 minutes to their usual travel times between Mount Vernon Square and L'Enfant Plaza. (It's about a mile and a half between the stations. Many of you could out walk the train.)

The group likely paying the most attention to this consists of baseball fans with tickets to the weekend series with the Marlins at Nationals Park, near Navy Yard Station on the Green Line.

Tonight's game starts at 7:35, so those fans should be okay, unless there's a rain delay or extra innings. Fans on their way to and from Saturday night's 7:10 game or Sunday's 1:35 p.m. game should consider some options based on where they're coming from.

While you can buy reserved parking in the stadium area for individual games, I'd recommend parking free at RFK Stadium's Lot 8 and taking the free Nationals Express shuttle to 300 M St. SE, about five blocks from Nationals Park. When I tried that, it was 19 minutes from boarding the bus at RFK to walking through the turnstile at Nationals Park.

Some Transit Options
Before Games ...
-- Get off the Blue or Orange Line at Capitol South and walk down New Jersey Avenue to the stadium. Takes about 20 minutes.
-- If you're coming down the Red Line from Glenmont, get off at Union Station and take the N22 bus to Navy Yard Station. They'll be operating every 10 minutes.
-- If you're coming down the Red Line from Shady Grove, transfer at Metro Center to a Blue or Orange Line train to L'Enfant Plaza. Board a regular Green Line train marked "Branch Avenue" or a special shuttle train to Navy Yard Station.
-- Orange and Blue Line riders could get off at Eastern Market and catch the N22 bus to Navy Yard Station.

Afterward ...
-- Shuttle trains will go from Navy Yard to L'Enfant Plaza. (But no farther. Normally, Metro throws in extra trains that also stop at the Gallery Place transfer point to the Red Line, but can't do it this weekend because of the track work.)
-- From the end of the seventh inning, free shuttle buses will operate every five minutes between the Navy Yard and Federal Center SW Metrorail stations, departing from M Street and New Jersey Avenue SE.
-- Also from the end of the seventh, free shuttle buses will operate every five minutes on the N22 route from Navy Yard to Eastern Market and Union Station.

By Robert Thomson  |  May 9, 2008; 6:30 AM ET
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Thanks for the info. You or Metro may want to post that the N22 does not pick up at Union Station in Columbus Circle (where you would expect just looking at the station when you get out) but on Mass Ave or E Street.

Some Metro stations have maps both inside and outside detailing where buses pick up. I've never seen such a map at Union Station, even though the random mix of pick-up locations would seem to make it more necessary there than at other locations.

Posted by: Lindemann | May 9, 2008 8:49 AM | Report abuse

Do they have any advice for those of us going from Branch Avenue to Navy Yard for the game? I will presume that the delays will be in place below L'Enfant Plaza as well. How much time should we add to trip?

Posted by: Sparks | May 9, 2008 9:16 AM | Report abuse

I believe Police Week activities will be starting up this weekend also, so the Judiciary Square/Gallery Place area will have extra burdens from that.

Posted by: mark | May 9, 2008 9:25 AM | Report abuse

From Dr. Gridlock: Sparks, the rail trip should be as usual between Branch Avenue and Navy Yard stations. Just bear in mind that the Green Line trains leave Branch Avenue every 24 minutes.

Lindemann, that's a good idea about the Union Station map. Meanwhile, in case it helps anyone looking for an N22, here's a link to Metro's map and timetable for that route:

Posted by: Robert Thomson | May 9, 2008 10:30 AM | Report abuse

You also may want to point out that if you do the Nats Express on SATURDAY, DC United also plays and you have to use Lot 7.

Posted by: Greg | May 9, 2008 10:39 AM | Report abuse

The Nationals had a service with a private firm to shuttle people from the Shuttle Bus stop on M street to the park that was terminated by the vendor during the Pittsburgh home stand because the Nats would not give them a long term commitment. Any word if this shuttle is going to be continued or replaced by another service? That walk to the stadium from the bus stop is quite long for elderly or handicap individuals.

Posted by: Ray in Rockville | May 10, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Police week???? Do we have enough donut shops?

Posted by: Anonymous | May 12, 2008 10:00 AM | Report abuse

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