The Washington Nationals host a doubleheader with the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday, bringing additional traffic to the Navy Yard and Southwest Waterfront areas just as the afternoon rush-hour commute begins.
Game 1 is scheduled for 1:05 pm and Game 2 is at 7:05 pm. Assuming a three-hour game, fans of the first game will depart Nationals Park around 4 pm—just in time for many commuters’ trips home.
Meanwhile, fans arriving for the 7:05 pm game may add to the late afternoon maelstrom, particularly along the main routes into the ballpark area—I-395, I-695 and DC-295, Maine Avenue, M Street SE and South Capitol Street.
Buses and ridesharing companies are subject to the same congested roads and highways as single-occupancy motorists, so options are limited. Here are a few:
- Telecommute in the afternoon (if you have the option).
- Skew your office hours earlier—arrive early and depart before people clad in Nats gear flood the roads, highways and Metro system.
- Bicyclists are largely immune to road congestion. If you don’t regularly bike, Capital Bikeshare is cheap: $2 for a single trip under 30 minutes and $8 for a 24-hour pass.
- DC Circulator hits many of the most highly trafficked areas across the District, including stops along the Southwest Waterfront and ballpark. The circulator could be a viable alternative if you time your trip just before fans from the first game start flooding surrounding roads—and especially if you need to get to another hub such as L’Enfant Plaza or Eastern Market. Here’s information about its gameday bus.
- Go to one of the games. If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.