The grand opening of the District Wharf and deciding game of the Nationals-Cubs National League Divisional playoff series will attract tens of thousands of people to the Southwest Waterfront and Navy Yard areas. The District Department of Transportation and Metro have outlined the following options to get around town during the next few busy days.
District Wharf Opening
Starting today through Sunday, October 15, the District Wharf will host opening week activities in Southwest DC along Maine Avenue SW between 7th and 12th streets. The following local and main streets in Southwest will be severely impacted by both pedestrian and vehicular traffic.
- All of Water Street SW from Maine Avenue SW to 6th Street SW;
- Maine Avenue corridor from 12th Street SW to M Street SW;
- M Street corridor from 7th Street SW to South Capitol Street SW; and
- and I-395 at both the 7th Street SW exit and Waterfront Exits
To help alleviate the expected traffic impact, DDOT has developed an opening week transportation plan for The Wharf. The plan includes the deployment of Traffic Control Officers along Maine Avenue, new pick-up and drop-off locations for Transportation Network Companies, a newly established taxi stand, Variable Message Signs and continuous monitoring of traffic conditions.
DDOT staff will be in full deployment for tonight’s playoff game between the Nationals and the Chicago Cubs. The game is scheduled for 8 pm at Nationals Stadium.
Ballpark Performance Parking meter rates are in effect for today. The rates are $2.30 for the first hour and $8 per hour for each subsequent hour. There will be no restrictions on parking durations.
The following streets adjacent to the ballpark will be closed three hours before the start of the game and may remain closed up to three hours after the game ends:
- N Street SE between Van Street and 1st Street SE, and
- Half Street SE between M Street and N Street SE.
Traffic control personnel will be deployed at all key intersections before and after games to promote safety for all road users and Nationals fans.
Wharf and Nationals game attendees should allow for extra time to reach their destinations and to be especially mindful of the surrounding residential neighborhoods.
Below are transportation options. For further information about The Wharf, visit its website. For additional options to Nationals Park, visit its website.
Extended Service Hours
DC Circulator: The DC Circulator is extending its hours of service for tonight’s Nationals game. The Union Station?Navy Yard Metro route will operate until midnight and provide free rides should the Nats win.
Nationals Park: Metrorail will remain open an additional hour of service, alleviating some of the previous concerns about the game lasting through the regularly scheduled 11 p.m. closure time. The last Green Line train is scheduled to leave the Navy Yard-Ballpark Station in the direction of Greenbelt at 12:22 am, and the last Green Line train to Branch Avenue will depart at 12:48 am.
The Wharf: WMATA’s Southwest Waterfront Metrorail Green Line station is located at 4th and M Streets, approximately 600 yards walking distance from the intersection of 7th Street and Maine Avenue. The Green Line connects The Wharf with L-Enfant Plaza (Blue, Orange, Silver, Yellow lines) and Gallery Place/Chinatown (Red, Yellow lines) to the north and Anacostia and suburban Maryland to the south.
Visitors should also consider the L’Enfant Plaza Station, which is located to the north with entrances at 7th Street and D Street, 9th Street and D Street and 7th and Maryland Avenue. L’Enfant Plaza is within a 10-12 minute walk to most of The Wharf area and has a good concentration of transportation services.
Capital Bikeshare and Bicycles
The Wharf: The nearest Capital Bikeshare stations to The Wharf are located at the following:
- Maine Avenue SW and 7th Street SW; and
- Maine Avenue SW and 9th Street SW.
During opening week, bike valet, extra bike racks, and a Bikeshare corral will be available. Within The Wharf vicinity, bicyclists have access to multi-use trails, on-street bike lanes, signed bike routes and residential streets that facilitate cycling.
The Nationals: The nearest Capital Bikeshare stations to the Nationals Stadium are located at the following:
- 1st and N Streets SE;
- 1st and K Streets SE;
- M Street and New Jersey Avenue SE; and
- 3rd and Tingey Streets SE.
The Wharf offers a SW Neighborhood Shuttle that is free and open to the public. With daily service and 10-minute headways, visitors can pick up the new shuttle between The Wharf (800 Maine Avenue SW), L’Enfant Plaza Metro/VRE station (7th Street and Maryland Avenue), the National Mall (7th Street at Independence Avenue SW), and L’Enfant Plaza on 10th Street SW. Learn more about the Shuttle on The Wharf’s website.
The Wharf: The site is directly served by WMATA’s Metrobus 74 route with a stop located on the south side of Maine Avenue adjacent to The Wharf.
The Nationals: The following Metrobus routes serve the ballpark: A9 Limited and V1 (rush hours only), V4, 74 and P6. For weekday and evening games, the A9 is a fast and inexpensive ride to the Ballpark boarding from McPherson Square NW.
Water Taxi/Private Boat
A privately operated water taxi will connect The Wharf with Georgetown and with Alexandria, Virginia. From the Potomac River, boat owners can travel north on the Washington Channel to arrive at The Wharf’s marinas and piers.
The Wharf: A taxi stand will be located on the north curb of Maine Avenue between 7th and 9th streets. There will be inspectors onsite to enforce for-hire vehicle regulations and the loading/unloading operations.
The Nationals: After the game, a taxi staging area will be designated on the west curb of Cushing Place between L Street and M Street to facilitate taxi flow into the M Street taxi stand.
Transportation Network Companies
The Wharf: Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) also known as Private Sedan Businesses, will be directed to pick-up and drop-off passengers along Maine Avenue on the south curb adjacent to The Wharf.
The Nationals: A designated location has also been established along the west curb New Jersey Avenue SE between M Street and N Street for post-game pickup of passengers using TNCs. A staging area will be designated for these vehicles on the west curb of New Jersey Avenue SE at the I-695 overpass.
Parking is limited at The Wharf so driving should be the last option. The Wharf team has identified other parking garages within the vicinity of the District Wharf. If you intend to park on the residential streets, carefully read the residential parking signs to determine if you should park.
Motorists should anticipate very heavy delays during The Wharf four-day opening, and are urged to stay alert and to use caution when traveling through the area.
There will be major traffic impact stemming from both events and Nationals attendees and Wharf visitors are advised to seek alternative transportation options and routes before heading to Maine Street SW or to M Street SE.