In Search of Better Transportation
From Carol: We are still in search of the best way to get to the new stadium. On Saturday night, we decided to try parking at RFK and taking the free shuttle. As we approached RFK, we were surprised to find a long line of cars waiting to park. Guess we should have checked the soccer schedule; there was a game that night. But the tailgating soccer fans really didn't slow us down.
We were directed to a parking lot behind the stadium where a line of buses waited. We boarded almost immediately and headed for the new stadium. After a 20-minute drive, the bus parked four blocks away, and a friendly official boarded the bus and gave us directions to the stadium. We were assured that buses would be waiting to return us safely to our car when we were ready to leave. Our stroll to the stadium was easy and our return was flawless. (For those who don't want to or cannot walk from the bus stop to the stadium, the free e-cruzers golf cart service is available.)
My only complaint is that this approach takes more time. Last year, heading to RFK required one step: hopping on a Metro train. Door-to-door from my husband's office near Farragut West was half an hour or less. This year, we have yet to find an approach that does not take several extra steps and more time. I would prefer to take Metro. It is the cheapest, most eco-friendly way to go. My concern is whether Metro has allocated enough cars to address the increase in ridership surrounding game time, especially on the Green line.
Next time, we're going to try the suggestions offered to me by a commenter called "little tip": "Try taking a Green or Yellow train up to Archives or Gallery Place and then walking across the platform to board a stadium-bound Green line train from there. I used to find that it was much easier to get on/off that way."
I'll let you know how it goes.
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