2008 Final Reminders about Housing, Travel, and Ground Transportation

Sharn K. Tune | Dec 1, 2007

Housing Arrangements

Individuals must make reservations directly with hotels in the AHA's block, the Omni Shoreham, the Hilton Washington, and the Embassy Suites Downtown Washington, D.C. Standard room reservations: As of October 26, the headquarters Marriott Wardman Park has sold out. Reservations at the remaining hotels will be accepted until December 10, 2007; after this date, remaining inventory (if any) will be released for general sale. If rooms are available, hotels have agreed to extend the AHA's meeting rates, $109 single, $139 double, $30 each additional person. See the AHA's web site for the latest information on availability and contact information for each property. If all hotels sell out, additional housing options will be posted on the AHA's web site.

Suite Reservations: As of October 5, suite inventory sold out at the Marriott and the Omni. (To make changes or cancel a previously made suite reservation at these hotels, call the hotel's direct dial number, Marriott: 202-328-2000 and Omni: 202-234-0700.)

  • For a Hilton suite, call 202-797-5826 between 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday–Friday.
  • For a suite at the Embassy Suites, call 202-857-3388.

Travel Arrangements

Association Travel Concepts (ATC) has been selected as the official travel agency for the 122nd annual meeting. Special air, train, and car rental rates are available with American Airlines, United Airlines, Amtrak, Avis Rent A Car, and Enterprise Rent-A-Car. To take advantage of rates and special benefits, e-mail ATC at reservations@atcmeetings.com or check for additional information at www.atcmeetings.com. Click on "Meetings" and go to "Air–Meetings and Leisure (TravelASP)." When registering, use the online booking tool and enter "AHA" in the Company or Organization or Association field. ATC is available for reservations from 9:00 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday. Discounts apply for travel Monday, December 31, 2007 through Wednesday, January 9, 2008.

Ground Transportation: Arriving by Air

The nation's capital is served by three airports: Dulles International Airport (IAD), approximately 30 miles west of Washington; the closer Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), located in Arlington, Virginia; and Thurgood Marshall Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI), approximately 38 miles north of Washington. All airports offer excellent ground transportation throughout the day with service available between airports and the hotels.

Taxi Service
Taxis are readily available outside the baggage claim areas at each airport. Exit the terminal and walk to the ground transit area, where the taxicab dispatcher will hail a cab. Approximate taxi fares from the airports to downtown Washington, D.C. are: Reagan National, $18; Dulles, $55, and Baltimore-Washington, $65. Depending on the airport, the trip can take from 25 to 45 minutes, though longer in rush hours.

The SuperShuttle provides door-to-door van service to and from each airport and downtown hotels. At the airport, passengers should follow signs for Ground Transportation to the SuperShuttle boarding area, curbside at each terminal. A uniformed Guest Service Representative assists riders between 6:30 a.m. and 11:30 p.m. One-way fares from each airport are: Reagan National, $12; Dulles, $27; and BWI, $35.

Mass Transit
Washington's mass transit system is Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro). The system operates seven days a week, opening 5:30 a.m. weekdays and 7:00 a.m. weekends. It closes at midnight Sunday to Thursday and at 3:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. At Reagan National, Metro has it's own station on the Blue and Yellow lines adjacent to Terminals B and C. The Metrorail station is within walking distance from these terminals. Shuttle buses run from Terminal A to the Metrorail station. Passengers proceeding to the main meeting hotels should take the Blue Line to Metro Center and change there to the Red Line. From Dulles, attendees can catch the Washington Flyer motorcoach service to Metro's West Falls Church Station on the Orange Line, traveling to Metro Center to catch the Red Line. At Baltimore-Washington express bus service operates between BWI and the Greenbelt Metrorail Station on the Green Line. Attendees can travel to Fort Totten Station to transfer to the Red Line. See the Metro web site for additional information on public transit and each hotel.

The Marriott and Shoreham hotels are within a block of the Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan Station on the Red Line and the Hilton and Embassy Suites are both four blocks from the Dupont Circle Station on the Red Line, though in different directions. See the annual meeting Program for approximate fares and travel times.

—Sharon K. Tune is the AHA's convention director.

Tags: Annual Meeting through 2010


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