How to glide through a Metro turnstile
If you’re using a paper farecard, you’re doing it wrong. If you stop, wait for the turnstile to close, then tap your SmarTrip card, you’re still doing it wrong. Real Washingtonians do not stop when walking through the turnstile. It’s a seamless tap-and-walk process. Otherwise, you’re holding up the flow of the morning commute.
How to avoid the taxi cab stand at Union Station
You’re back in town from a restful holiday, and the train is about to pull into Union Station, but you know better than to follow the masses to Columbus Circle (aka taxicab-gridlock hell). Instead you take the First Street, NE exit and rest assured that you are in the clear.
How to avoid the Beltway during rush hour
We call it the contingency plan. It’s what happens when you merge onto I-495, and suddenly traffic comes to a screeching halt. Without even a glance at your GPS or smartphone, you know instinctually to exit the Beltway and take the back road.
How to avoid Dulles. At. All. Costs.
Unless you need to leave the country, under no circumstances should you fly out of Dulles. The taxi fare alone will bankrupt you and your family.
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