Making the Grade on Transit
Because transportation and concessions will always be recurring interests for most fans (booze and ball-snagging seem to have a constituency as well, but I digress . . .), I thought I'd add to the Brooke Family's latest posts by giving a quick interim grade and short review of each means of getting to Nats Park that I've tried so far.
At least it keeps me from more moaning about woeful concession service (until the next game):
Metro to Navy Yard B+
The station doesn't seem nearly as big as Stadium/Armory, but they move a lot of people relatively easily. Green line obviously lacks the trains that the Orange and Blue lines sent by RFK, but people seem to get in and out of the station better. A SmartPass can get you parked at the Anacostia Metro lot (add a little over $4), and you come in from the southeast side with far-smaller crowds. Although the sample is very low (one game), I'm pretty sure that rainy nights with everyone leaving at once are a Metro nightmare.
Metro to Capitol South A-
The walk is downhill and easy, just longer than from Navy Yard. But Blue and Orange line travelers can avoid any transfer hassles. New Jersey Avenue is well-enough lit at night, and others are on the same path. There is no line after a game.
The N22 Bus B+
When a rainy night saw the Navy Yard Station mobbed, my friend and I jumped on this bus, which goes from Nats Park to Union Station - by way of 8th Street! Leaving me at the convenient Eastern Market Metro, and my friend back home to Capitol Hill.
Cash Parking A-
Orange Lot T cost me $20, but 30 minutes before a Cubs game on a stormy night, there were still spots. The idea of riding the Nats Express back to RFK with rain-soaked Cubs fans was just too depressing, so this was near-perfect (but pricey).
Parking and Walking from Capitol Hill F
New signs make it clear that Zone 6 holders are the only lucky souls who can risk this. My Virginia tags disqualify me from any spot closer than the RFK lot.
Nats Express from RFK A-
I've ridden this a number of times, including from Lot 7 when DC United played. It's quick to board at RFK, quick to a Disembarkation Point at 3d and M, and a short walk to Nats Park. The free golf carts in lieu of that short walk -- for patrons who can't or don't want to walk -- is a godsend, especially if your dad or granddad comes to town and wants to avoid Metro crowds, but isn't up to a hike. Expect obnoxious Mets, Cubs, and Phillies fans. Wait; that's redundant.
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