WASHINGTON (CBSDC) - Metro has released a list of important travel tips for fans planning on taking the transit system to Nationals Park Wednesday.
A capacity crowd is expected at the first postseason playoff game in D.C. since 1933 and Metro says it’s ready to handle the load.
Travel Tips for Metro Riders:
- Fans are encouraged to plan a route to the ballpark that avoids downtown transfer stations during rush hours.
- For example: Riders traveling to and from stations on the eastern side of the Red Line should consider connecting to the Green Line at Fort Totten, rather than Gallery Place.
- Blue and Orange Line riders should consider using Capitol South Station – located 0.8 miles from Nats Park via First Street SE – rather than Navy Yard-Ballpark Station to avoid transferring at an already busy L’Enfant Plaza or Metro Center.
- After the game, riders connecting to Yellow Line trains toward Huntington should consider transferring at Archives Station, rather than L’Enfant Plaza
- Navy Yard-Ballpark Station has two entrances. Half Street is slightly closer to the park and gets crowded very early following games. The New Jersey Avenue entrance is a short three-block walk from the park and is usually significantly less crowded.
- Nats fans should also remember to load enough value on their fare cards for their entire roundtrip to avoid long vending machine lines after the game.
- It’s important to note that Metro operates with six-car and eight-car trains. Keep this in mind when your train arrives, as the last two cars are often the least crowded.
- Metro will operate additional trains on the Green Line before and after each post-season game to provide extra capacity for Nationals fans heading to and from the ballpark.