What You Should Know about Commuting to Work

Posted on Friday, Apr 20, 2018

Have you ever ridden the subway everyday-- in the middle of rush hour? It can be overwhelming, but honestly it’s the best way to get around the District. That being said, there are some tricks everyone should try out to have a (mostly) stress-free metro ride!
 
Always make sure to get to the station earlier than you think you should.  If you’re trying to get to work by 9am like everyone else in the city, being early will save your life! You never know if there are train delays or a big group of tourists. Sometimes you need to refill your card and there is nothing worse than watching your train leave without you because you didn’t have enough money on your card. It may not seem like a lot, but in the morning rush hour, anything helps!
 
Don’t be afraid to ask questions! There are usually attendants stationed at the entrances so even if you’re a little bit confused on which way to go, asking never hurts. It is a lot better to ask for clarification than get on a train going the wrong way, like I did my second day of work!
 
Lastly, buy a monthly plan! Adding money every time you run low isn’t bad by any means, but the Washington metro system has monthly plans, depending on your route. That way, you never have to stress or worry about adding money to get to the train on time.
 
Riding the metro everyday can be exhausting, but you start to recognize people on your route, adding a sense of familiarity to a new place. It is the best way to discover the people of the District.
 
Can you think of any other tips to give someone who is riding the metro everyday?

Laura Cureton
Office of Congressman Bill Flores
Washington, D.C. | spring 2018