- Live in Downtown
- Transportation Options
The DowntownDC BID is committed to promoting the use of sustainable transportation as a way to reduce local traffic congestion, air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. In the DowntownDC BID, we are lucky to have a host of options that make getting here and getting around easy and convenient. Check out all of our options below and view Metrorail stations, Circulator stops, Capital Bikeshare stations, car sharing spots and places to park within the BID by using the category menu. To further plan your travels using all of the transportation options within the District, visit goDCgo.com’s interactive map.
There are six Metro stations located in the DowntownDC BID area, with access to all five Metrorail lines:
McPherson Square (Silver, Blue and Orange lines)
1400 I Street, NW
Metro Center (Silver, Blue, Orange and Red lines)
607 13th Street, NW
Gallery Place-Chinatown (Green, Yellow and Red lines)
630 H Street, NW
Federal Triangle (Silver, Blue and Orange lines)
302 12th Street, NW
Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter (Green and Yellow lines)
701 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Judiciary Square (Red Line)
450 F Street, NW
For more information about station locations, fares and more, please visit www.wmata.com.
Two Circulator routes run though the Downtown area: the Woodley Park - Adams Morgan - McPherson Square route and the Georgetown - Union Station route. The Circulator costs only $1 and runs every 10 minutes. For more information, including hours of operation and stop locations, visit www.dccirculator.com.
Multiple bus routes provide service throughout the Downtown area. Visit the Metrobus website for more information about bus routes, schedules, fares and hours of operation.
Several commuter bus companies provide service to the Downtown district from cities and counties throughout Virginia and Maryland:
The District’s bikesharing program, Capital Bikeshare, makes bicycles available to anyone over the age of 16. Simply take a bike from one of over 200 stations in DC, Arlington or Alexandria and return it to a docking station near your destination. Annual, monthly, 3-day and 24-hour memberships are available. There are 20 locations in the DowntownDC BID with more on the way. For more information about membership, fees and station locations, visit www.capitalbikeshare.com or visit any station.
Bicycle Lanes and Trails
Here in the Downtown BID, we have some of the best bicycle infrastructure in the city, with designated lanes and plenty of parking. Bicycles are not allowed on sidewalks at any point Downtown, so be sure to use the designated lanes when possible and brush up on safe cycling before hitting the road. The Washington Area Bicyclist Association has some great resources to get you started. Be sure to check out the DC bike map for a list of bike trails and roads with bike lanes.
Commuter Connections has been helping commuters find carpools for over 20 years. The Commuter Connections Ridematching Service can match commuters coming into the DowntownDC BID at no cost.
Slug Line pick-up spots
Slugging, also known as “instant carpooling” or “casual carpooling,” is a unique form of commuting that combines ridesharing and hitchhiking. Drivers heading into the city, who want to save time by using the high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes, pick up additional riders, or “slugs,” at a known slug line location. The DowntownDC BID district has two slug line pick-up locations:
14th St & New York Avenue, NW
14th St & Constitution Avenue, NW
14th & D Street, NW
Car sharing is becoming an increasingly popular option in the District, providing individuals and employers access to a car anytime for a flat fee, which covers the cost of gas and maintenance. The District is now home to three car sharing companies, and cars can be found throughout the DowntownDC BID district. Each company offers memberships with slightly different fee structures, so be sure to visit each website to find the one that’s right for you.
Parking garages in the District are privately owned. Most offer both daily and monthly parking. For information about locations and fees, visit www.bestparking.com.
Reserved Downtown Parking
Help cut down on air pollution and quit circling the block! Have a parking space waiting for you and your friends when you arrive to your favorite restaurant, bar, music venue, or stadium by booking with Parking Panda. Select the space that works for you and view more details and photos. Pay for your space on the website or directly from your mobile phone.
Virginia Railway Express
The VRE provides service Mondays-Friday on its Fredericksburg and Manassas lines from the Northern Virginia suburbs to nearby Union Station (701 First Street, NE). For more information about schedules and fares, visit www.vre.org.
Operated by the Maryland Transit Administration, the MARC train provides service to nearby Union Station from Harford County, MD; Baltimore, MD; Brunswick, MD; Frederick, MD, and Martinsburg, WV. For more information about schedules and fares, visit www.mta.maryland.gov/marc-train.
Amtrak provides train service regionally and beyond from nearby Union Station. For more information about where Amtrak travels, schedules and tickets, visit www.amtrak.com.
Ronald Reagan National Airport
Via Metrorail: Take either the Blue Line or the Yellow Line and get off at the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport Station. Directions from the station platform to Terminal A, B or C are available on the airport’s website.
Via Metrobus: (Early Morning Weekend Service) The 13F, G provides service to the airport on Saturday and Sunday mornings between the hours of 5:00 and 8:00 am. For more information, including pick-up locations, click here.
Baltimore Washington International Airport
Via Metrorail to Metrobus: Take the Green Line on Metrorail (Gallery Place-Chinatown and Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter stations) to the Greenbelt Station. From there, take the B30 Metrobus to the airport. Click herefor the B30 timetable.
Via MARC Train: Board the MARC train at nearby Union Station via the Penn Line to the BWI Marshall Rail Station where a shuttle will then take you to the airport entrance. Note: MARC train service is not available on weekends. Amtrak services the airport from Union Station on weekends at a slightly higher fare.
Dulles International Airport
Via Metrorail to Washington Flyer Bus: Take the Metro Orange Line (McPherson Square, Metro Center and Federal Triangle stations). Get off at the West Falls Church station and follow the signs to the Washington Flyer bus stop. You can purchase tickets from the bus driver and the bus will take you directly to the front door of the Main Terminal. Click herefor more information about the Washington Flyer, including ticket prices and schedule.
Via Metrorail to Metrobus: The 5A route operates express service to Dulles and arrives at the 2E curb location. You can catch the 5A at the nearby L’Enfant Plaza Metrorail Station (600 Maryland Avenue, SW) on the Green, Yellow, Orange and Blue Lines. Click here for a timetable.
Everyone who comes Downtown is a pedestrian for some part of their trip. The DowntownDC BID and the District Department of Transportation collaborated on installing important safety devices in Downtown - pedestrian countdown signals. Almost every signalized intersection in the District had pedestrian countdown signals by the end of 2005.
The pedestrian countdown signals indicate how many seconds are available for pedestrians to cross an intersection. These devices also provide a signal to motorists that they should anticipate and yield to pedestrians in the intersection during the time indicated on the signal. The result is more predictability for everyone in the intersection and a safer environment.