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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. Drivers heading north on I-95 and I-270, and east on US-50, should be ready for congestion.

    Drivers heading north on I-95 and I-270, and east on US-50, should be ready for congestion.

    Wikimedia Commons

    WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: GETTING OUT OF D.C. FOR THANKSGIVING

    Thanksgiving Eve is the worst day for motorists heading north on I-95 or I-270, or east on US-50 according to traffic data firm INRIX and AAA. Metro, VRE, MARC, Amtrak and Alexandria DASH and King Street Trolley run on holiday operating schedules.

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  6. Note that several ground transportation modes have moved during Project Journey construction.

    Note that several ground transportation modes have moved during Project Journey construction.

    MWAA

    TIPS FOR HOLIDAY TRAVEL AT REAGAN NATIONAL AIRPORT

    ​From using terminal garages for picking up or dropping off passengers, to reserving parking online, DCA provides a primer for getting in and out of this busy transportation hub during the holidays.

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  7. Information about all commuting choices resides in CityMotion app.

    Information about all commuting choices resides in CityMotion app.

    TransitScreen

    TRANSITSCREEN LAUNCHES NEW ‘CITYMOTION’ APP

    ​New app launched by D.C.-based start-up provides one-stop commuting info shop.

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  8. on Oct. 9, four Kennedy High School students were hit at a bus stop while waiting for a school bus on Georgia Avenue leaving one student critically injured.

    on Oct. 9, four Kennedy High School students were hit at a bus stop while waiting for a school bus on Georgia Avenue leaving one student critically injured.

    Wikimedia Commons

    AAA WARNS MOTORISTS, STUDENTS ABOUT DANGERS GETTING ON AND OFF THE SCHOOL BUS

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  9. There will be no Yellow or Blue Line trains between Braddock Road and Pentagon City through Veterans Day weekend.

    There will be no Yellow or Blue Line trains between Braddock Road and Pentagon City through Veterans Day weekend.

    WMATA

    CRYSTAL CITY, NATIONAL AIRPORT METRO STATIONS CLOSED FOR VETERANS DAY WEEKEND

    Free shuttle buses will replace trains between Braddock Road and Pentagon City stations.

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