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DC People!

Need your help for a project at work.

- What are the major highways that enter DC and circle it (like, what is the highway number for the loop?)

- What Metro stations serve the major government locations? Obviously Pentagon for the Pentagon, but any idea what other Metro stations would be used?



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Aug. 1st, 2005 06:23 pm (UTC)
The 495 circles DC. 95 is close by, so is 50 and 295. The only metro stop I know of is the most popular which is Union Station. Hope that is slightly helpful.
Aug. 1st, 2005 06:29 pm (UTC)
The DC Metro Map is clickable. You click on a station name and all sorts of information text pops up. Mapquest shows the major roadways: I-95, I-295, I-495, I-270, I-66 and US-50.
Aug. 1st, 2005 06:30 pm (UTC)
Yup, those are the big ones. Personal preference would be to stay just inside the 495 beltway near 295 on the MARYLAND side of DC, somewhere around 450 is good to hop on the Orange line.

Here is a map for you: http://www.wmata.com/metrorail/systemmap.cfm

Federal Triangle is a hot spot for Federal buildings, Federal Center SW, Capitol South, and L'enfant Plaza as well.
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Aug. 1st, 2005 06:31 pm (UTC)
Also, 395 runs from Springfield (south of DC) up past the pentagon, across the river, and into DC itself. 295 officially runs from Maryland near the Potomac River & I-95 up through DC and connects to the Baltimore/Washington Parkway north of the city.

www.wmata.com is the website for the metro stations. I don't ride it very often, so can't help on the rest of your needs.
Aug. 1st, 2005 06:53 pm (UTC)
I-495 (although half of it is also I-95) is the Beltway around D.C. Calling it 495 or especially "the 495" is a sure-fire way to get pegged as an out-of-towner. It's "the Beltway." The clockwise and counter-clockwise portions are called the Inner Loop and Outer Loop respectively.

I-95 comes up from the south, circles around the eastern half of the Beltway, and then continues north.

I-66 comes in from the West -- the Northern Virginia suburbs.

I-270 comes in from the northwest -- the Maryland suburbs.

I-295 connects the Beltway to the Anacostia part of D.C. The Baltimore-Washington Parkway (a federal highway operated by the National Park Service) is frequently mistakenly called I-295, because it begins near the western terminus of I-295, and because the northern extension of the parkway that goes into downtown Baltimore is MD Route 295.

Other major non-Interstate highways include VA Route 267b (the Dulles Toll Road) and U.S. Route 50.

Metro Stations near Federal locations: Farragut West (White House, NEOB, OEOB), McPherson Sq. (White House, Treasury), Federal Triangle (Reagan Building, FBI, IRS, Commerce), Smithsonian, Archives/Navy Memorial (National Archives, Federal Trade Commission, Justice), Pentagon, Medical Center (National Institutes of Health, National Navy Medical Center), Navy Yard (Washington Navy Yard). And I'm sure I've missed several -- see www.wmata.com for a full system map
Aug. 1st, 2005 07:33 pm (UTC)
US50 runs from Annapolis to Washington DC, becoming New York Ave in DC.
Aug. 2nd, 2005 12:20 am (UTC)
Well, well.... I'm impressed, though I shouldn't be surprised at the alacrity of responses.

Hah... and I thought I'd add my two cents to the chorus (as I grew up in NW DC), but it looks as if there's more knowledgeable folks who beat me to it. Good luck with whatever it is you're doing down there. I'd suggest bringing comfortable cool clothing. It's DC in August, Extreme Humidity Season.
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