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From how-to guides about using SmarTrip cards to warnings about upcoming maintenance on roads, highways and the Metro, Commuter Hacks give you tricks, shortcuts, skills or methods for making your commute across DC just a little bit easier (and hopefully quicker).
Union members gather at headquarters to vote on strike.

Union members gather at headquarters to vote on strike.

ATU Local 689

7 Ways to Commute If Metro Workers Strike

A work stoppage would cripple transit in the region, but there are still many ways to get around town.

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  1. Getting Around DC During the 2018 MLB All-Star Week

    Events and road closures will be taking place across the District. Here’s your guide to make sense of it all.

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  2. Audi Field, about one month before it opens on July 14.

    Audi Field, about one month before it opens on July 14.

    Jeff Wong

    Getting to Audi Field

    The grand opening for the new soccer stadium at Buzzard Point is set for July 14, when the ​DC United take on the Vancouver Whitecaps.

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  3. Rhode Island, Brookland, Fort Totten and Takoma stations affected.

    Rhode Island, Brookland, Fort Totten and Takoma stations affected.

    WMATA

    Metro Red Line Shut Down for Six Weeks Beginning in Late July

    Work on the Blue, Orange and Silver Lines will follow on Aug. 11-26.

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  4. Expect hundreds of thousands of people in D.C. on Wednesday.

    Expect hundreds of thousands of people in D.C. on Wednesday.

    White House archives.

    Your July 4th Get Around Guide

    Sticking around for the Independence Day holiday? Here’s what you need to know.

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  5. Avoid getting stranded by picking up a portable USB charger.

    Avoid getting stranded by picking up a portable USB charger.

    Tim Lemke

    Don’t Get Stuck With a Dead Phone

    A look at the best in portable power.

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  6. There will be rallies and counter-protests Sunday at Lafayette Square.

    There will be rallies and counter-protests Sunday at Lafayette Square.

    Wikimedia Commons

    DDOT Announces Road Closures for Unite the Right 2 March & Rally

    Numerous road closures around the White House, Foggy Bottom and downtown neighborhoods between 9 am and 8 pm on Sunday, Aug. 12.

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  7. Blue, Orange and Silver Lines Disruption on Aug. 11-26

    With single tracking and longer waits between trains, Metro leaders have encouraged riders to seek alternative means of transit.

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  8. 95 Express Lanes Extends NB Hours

    Northbound hours conclude at 10:30 am during weekdays.

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  9. How to Use the Metro in Washington, DC

    Don’t let impatient locals rush you. Follow these eight easy steps and you’ll be complaining about your commute like a Washingtonian in no time.

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