The city’s public transportation system, Metrorail and Metrobus (http://www.wmata.com), provide the safest, cleanest, and most efficient way of getting around Washington. Five rail lines and an extensive bus system connects the District with Maryland and Virginia. Train lines are named for colors: Red, Yellow, Orange, Blue, and Green. Station entrances are marked by tall brown columns capped with the letter “M” and colored stripes indicating which lines are available. Route maps are posted at each station and inside each subway car. Trains operate Monday through Friday from 5:30 a.m. and on weekends from 7:00 a.m., closing at midnight Sunday through Thursday and 3:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Each train displays the name of its farthest destination.
A farecard is needed to enter and to leave the system. Farecards are inserted into turnstile gates to enter and to exit the subway platforms. The fare is automatically deducted upon exiting a station. Base subway fare is $1.20 and the maximum fare is $3.60, with fares based on distance traveled. Transfers are free within the Metrorail system and 35 cents to transfer to Metrobus (with transfer ticket available from machines on station mezzanines). Rail farecards and some passes can be purchased at vending machines located in station mezzanines. Riders can also purchase a one-day pass for $6. It is valid for one day of unlimited Metrorail travel on weekdays after 9:30 a.m. or all day on Saturdays, Sundays, or federal holidays. The pass expires at the end of the operating day—3:00 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, midnight on other nights. Passes can be purchased in advance via the system’s web site.
System maps are located near the farecard machines and inside trains. Riders should note the name of the last stop of the line they are traveling and any transfer stations, which are identified on the map with a double black circle. Signs in the station inform passengers which platform to use for their destination. Flashing lights at the platform’s granite edge alert when a train is entering the station. Riders should check the destination of the train before boarding. Destinations are displayed over the train’s front and side windows and the color of the line is displayed on the front and back of the train. Electronic display signs will assist persons who are hearing impaired. Chimes signal that the car doors are closing. Once the chimes have sounded, step back and wait for the next train. Unlike elevator doors, the train doors do not reopen automatically.
Listed below are the four hotels, their nearest subway stop, and several nearby attractions. The Marriott, Omni Shoreham, and Hilton Washington are on the Red Line and the Capital Hilton on the Blue and Orange Lines. Riders can switch from one line to the other at transfer points such as Metro Center and Gallery Place. Transfer stations are bilevel and do not require you to exit the system—you need only go up or down one set of escalators for the other line.
Marriott Wardman Park—adjacent to Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan Station on the Red Line; one mile from National Cathedral and one-half mile from the National Zoo.
Omni Shoreham—one hundred yards from Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan Station, one block from the Adams Morgan neighborhood’s shopping and restaurants.
Hilton Washington—four blocks from Dupont Circle Station on the Red Line; walking distance to Embassy Row, Adams Morgan neighborhood, and restaurants and shopping areas.
Capital Hilton—two blocks from McPherson Square Station on the Blue Line, two blocks north of the White House, and walking distance to monuments, museums, shopping, and the National Mall.
For additional information, you may call the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority at 202-637-7000, TDD 202-638-3780, or visit the web site at http://www.wmata.com for information and to download maps. A particularly useful feature is Metro’s interactive “RideGuide” (http://rideguide.wmata.com), which maps a route between any two points served by Metrorail or Metrobus.