Washington DC Metro Rail.

A Easter trip to washington DC, April 2010. Metrorail, commonly called Metro, is the rapid transit system in Washington, DC, United States, and its surrounding suburbs. It is administered by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), which also operates Metrobus service under the Metro name. In Maryland, Metro provides service to Montgomery County and Prince George’s County; in Virginia, to Fairfax County, Arlington County, and the City of Alexandria. Since opening in 1976, the network has grown to include five lines, 86 stations, and 106.3 miles (171.1 km) of track. Metro is the second-busiest rapid transit system in the United States in number of passenger trips, after the New York City Subway. There were 215.3 million trips, or 727684 trips per weekday, on Metrorail in fiscal year 2008. In June 2008, Metro set a new monthly ridership record with 19729641 trips, or 798456 per weekday. Fares vary based on the distance traveled and the time of day. Riders enter and exit the system using a stored-value card in the form of a paper magnetic stripe farecard or a proximity card known as SmarTrip. Metro stations were designed by Chicago architect Harry Weese, and are examples of late-20th century modern architecture. With their heavy use of exposed concrete and repetitive design motifs, Metro stations also display aspects of brutalist design. In 2007, the design of the Metro’s vaulted-ceiling stations was voted number 106 on the American Institute of Architects

Where is a inexpensive place to stay outside Washington DC with access to the metro?

Question by angel1183: Where is a inexpensive place to stay outside Washington DC with access to the metro?
I would like to go there mid August. I don’t mind staying in a suburb as long as there is an easy way to get to the city. I want to stay in a motel/hotel, not in a hostile. Thank you!

Best answer:

Answer by nickdc1960
The closer into the city you get, the more you will pay for a hotel. So, your best bet is to find a hotel that is outside of Washington DC BUT close to the Metro (subway system).

I hightly recommend Virginia, as it is safer than Maryland. I’ve had people visit from out of town and I had them stay at a place near Van Dorn Street near Alexandria Virginia; I think it’s a Comfort Inn or Days Inn or something like that. But, it’s only about 1 mile from the Van Dorn Street Metro Station AND they have a free shuttle van if you wish to take it back and forth. They also have free parking at the place.

So, what you want to do is look at the DC Metro/subway system map online THEN compare it to the hotels that are featured online. Most will indicate how far they are from the Metro stations and if they offer a shuttle van.

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We are traveling to Washington DC in August and what we need is a hotel in or very near DC and a metro station?

Question by Duke89wv: We are traveling to Washington DC in August and what we need is a hotel in or very near DC and a metro station?
We need a hotel that is in DC and close to a metro station if it is in a suburb. We also need it to be fairly reasonable in price less than $ 100/night. Thanks.

Best answer:

Answer by future guy
priceline name your price, lol i got a hotel room for 50 bucks in nyc using name ur own price 🙂 haha

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DC Metro Spiral (Draft)

DC Metro Spiral (Draft)
Virginia Software
Image by thisisbossi
I misread an advertisement on a bus shelter in Trondheim… it was just a bunch of product-related icons sorted on a few spiraling lines, but at first glance I thought it was a transit map… it gave me an idea.

I immediately made my way back to my hostel & sketched it out in the only software I had handy at the moment — Microsoft Paint. I refined it a couple weeks later, once I got home: (2nd draft)

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DC Metro Spiral (Names)

DC Metro Spiral (Names)
Virginia Software
Image by thisisbossi
Take that, geospatial relationships.

I misread an advertisement on a bus shelter in Trondheim…it was just a bunch of product-related icons sorted on a few spiraling lines, but at first glance I thought it was a transit map… it gave me an idea. I immediately made my way back to my hostel & sketched it out in the only software I had handy at the moment — Microsoft Paint (1st draft)

Behold: DC Metro … in a spiral. It includes the Farragut pairing but passes over a couple more complex details such as the Yellow Line running to Greenbelt, Blue Line using the Yellow Line Bridge, and I made a number of names a touch more concise. This should be the final version barring any major glaring errors, though I might add in those two omissions… no reason I can’t other than a preference to get some sleep instead of keep working on this.

CREDIT:
Designed in Adobe Illustrator CS5 … a program I know not with which I do

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1st draft
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2011 07 20 – Linked in Bernie Wagenblast’s daily Transportation Communications Newsletter

2011 07 19 – Featured on Human Transit !

2011 07 19 – Featured on Greater Greater Washington !

2011 07 19 – Used on Prince of Petworth

2011 07 14 – 2nd draft made the evening links on DCist !

2011 07 14 – 2nd draft retweeted by perkinsms

2011 07 14 – 2nd draft retweeted by wmataplusside

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I’ve loved the response to this, though one thing that’s been really interesting has been the multitude of interpretations — largely around what constitutes a "map". My two cents: a map is something you can use to get from point A to point B… it doesn’t have to be efficient, so long as all the information is there. It doesn’t even have to be geographical: it could be a mapped out strategy for any variety of things. But in the geographic sense: this map has all that you need to navigate the system. My opinion is that it’s a map… it’s just not a good one. 🙂

Cheap hotels in northern virginia with metro within walking distance?

Question by pounce: Cheap hotels in northern virginia with metro within walking distance?
Preferably something under $ 150 to stay fro one night. Less than a mile to the Metro train. Falls Church maybe? Arlington?

Best answer:

Answer by dezynor
I use SpinCityTravel.com. go to book travel and put the city name where you want to stay. It brings up all the hotels in the area with prices and ratings. You can book the hotel right from the site.

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