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How to use Metro---Helpful links from Metro's website

Sterling, VA
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IMO, Metro's website can sometimes be difficult to navigate. Thus I've put together a list of links from the site that answer common questions and give helpful info:

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For an interactive Metrorail map:

http://www.wmata.com/rail/maps/map.cfm

Using the above link, you can get a printable map, an iPod map and access the "Find a station near location" feature

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For Metrorail station info:

http://www.wmata.com/rail/stations.cfm

What this link provides is info regarding amenities at each station. Click on a particular station. For example, lets use Ballston-MU. You can find bus routes that have Ballston stops.

A very helpful feature you will see on this page is "What's nearby". With this link, you can find nearby drug stores, banks, grocery stores, hotels, museums and restaurants.

Also, if you scroll down the station page, you can get info on fares from Ballston-MU to all other Metro stations. Elevator and escalator outages are also noted.

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You can download a Visitor's Kit using the link below:

wmata.com/getting_around/…visitorkit.cfm

This kit is available in 11 different languages. If you prefer to have the Visitor Kit mailed to you, there is info on how to arrange this.

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For elevator and escalator outages:

wmata.com/rider_tools/…elevator_escalator.cfm

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For information about accessibility, go here:

http://www.wmata.com/accessibility/

There y ou can get more info on both Metrorail and Metrobus accessibility features.

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For information on how to get from Point A to Point B using Metrorail and/or Metrobus, use the "Metro Trip Planner" found on the home page:

www.wmata.com

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To learn how to purchase Metrorail farecards and passes, see the link below:

www.wmata.com/fares/purchase/vending.cfm

If you still have questions when you are at a station, seek out a Metro employee.

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To learn how to use Metrorail faregates, farecards and passes, see the link below:

www.wmata.com/getting_around/faregates.cfm

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For Metro Pass and farecard options, see the link below:

www.wmata.com/fares/purchase/passes.cfm

This page will give you detailed info about the various Metrorail and Metrobus passes available.

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For a timetable for the 5A Metrobus which goes from IAD (Dulles International Airport) to Rosslyn (Arlington, VA) and DC, see the link below:

www.wmata.com/bus/timetables/view.cfm?line=49

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For a timetable for the B30 Metrobus that goes from BWI (Thurgood Marshall Baltimore-Washington International Airport) to the Greenbelt Metro station, see the link below:

www.wmata.com/bus/timetables/view.cfm…

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For the Metrobus fare for the 5A and B30 buses, see the link below:

http://www.wmata.com/fares/metrobus.cfm

Sterling, VA
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This was created to be a "Top Question".

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Thanks for the links!!!

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There is a great little free Android app called "DC Metro Transit" that metro users should find helpful. I assume there is also one for the iPhone.

I use it mostly to get the "next train" information, but it also features a full metro system map, trip planner, metro disruptions and news, nearest metro station (based on your current location, with a map) etc.

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You may find http://dctransitguide.com/rail useful too. It includes helpful guides, tips, and tricks, along with a real time train location map that may be useful when you're traveling around DC.

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sbva65- I downloaded this a few weeks ago and we are in DC now and it is indeed a handy app !

Amery, Wisconsin
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so-

I am hoping to travel around DC primarily by public transit.

Am I reading correctly that the rail pass and the bus pass are NOT interchangeable?

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You are reading correctly. There is no pass that is good for both buses and trains/subway. BUT the SmarTrip card works for both, it just isn't a pass. You pay for each of your trips as you go using SmarTrip.

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And I forgot to mention that any bus pass must be loaded into a SmarTrip card anyway. There is no longer a separate paper weekly bus pass. But most tourists do not ride the buses all that much. It depends on where you are staying.

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