Washington Dc Ground Transportation

Written by Sandy Mitchell
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Getting around Washington, DC is easy. Taxis, buses, the Metrorail subway system, and limousines connect all corners of the greater Washington area. If you're intimidated by thought of renting a car and driving through the streets yourself, you've still got plenty of options.

Public Transportation in Washington, DC

The Washington subway system, called the WMATA or Metrorail, provides high-speed, efficient service within the Washington, DC area and between Washington and her Maryland and Virginia suburbs. Opened in 1976, the Metrorail is one of the country's cleanest and safest subway systems. Trains run until midnight during the week and until 2:00 am on Saturdays and Sundays. Fare card machines are located in all stations and unlimited day and weekly passes are available. Discounts are offered to senior citizens and disabled passengers.

Metrobus, Washington's bus system, is a fast and inexpensive way to get around the city. Metrobus stops are frequent--there are 15,800 of them scattered throughout the city and the Virginia and Maryland suburbs. Discounts are available to senior citizens and disabled passengers. Up to two children under five can ride free with a fare-paying adult.

Taxis are plentiful in Washington. They operate on the zone system, so don't look for meters. It is a good idea to ask your driver before you set out what the fare will be. There are extra charges for each additional person or piece of luggage, and a surcharge for travel during the morning and evening rush hours. Reserve them by telephone or look for the taxi stands at most of the major hotels.

Limousines are a stylish alternative to taxis. Stretch limousines, executive sedans, Lincolns, Cadillacs, and even Hummers are available for charter. Limousines offer efficient door-to-door service and amenities such as TVs, DVD players, and in-car bars.

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