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How To Survive the Washington, DC Metro System
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This guide offers the basics of navigating the Washington metro system and its riders. With firsthand knowledge compiled by a DC resident, you’ll have more confidence and less stress during your travels around the Washington, DC metro area.

Inside, you’ll find detailed guidance on how to use the Metro, specifics on train and station layout, and useful advice to troubleshoot issues. As a bonus, I’ve included insider tips that will set you apart from other travelers.

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ISBN: 9781476273198
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One of the first things I grew to appreciate about DC was the expansive reach of the Washington metro system (Metro). A resident could live, work and play in DC without ever needing a car. The Metro was easy to learn, but I often felt out of place. It wasn’t until I understood and embraced the culture of the Metro that I started to fit in with the other riders.

I wrote this guide out of a desire to help travelers and DC residents. Working near the Smithsonian Metro Station and surrounded by the historical and educational attractions of the National Mall, I constantly see and interact with tourists – droves of them.

DC residents love our tourists, but boy do they congest the Metro! In an already crowded city, things work best if everyone knows and plays their part. Unfortunately, while residents have no problem barking for visitors to move to the other side of the escalator, they don’t take the time to explain the reason.

I want to make it easy for travelers to understand the metro system beyond what is published on the Washington metro website. While that information is useful, I a personal perspective, with all the biases of a resident. This is helpful in understanding how and why the Metro system works the way it does.

The people of Washington, DC are constantly on the move. Some run for trains, hog two seats, push against you to squeeze into crowded trains, or get uncomfortably loud and rowdy. This type of bad behavior is generally ignored by other passengers. I would suggest that you