Car Free Living: DC Transportation Options

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Car free living is a reality for many city dwellers.  Whether by choice or by necessity, living without a car can be good for your health and for the environment!  2M residents are blessed with an abundance of transportation options.  While 2M offers private parking and electric car charging stations for drivers, there are many transportation options just outside of our doors.

Metro

With the NoMa-Gallaudet University Metro station just a few blocks from our front door, getting around the district (and beyond) is a breeze.  The Metro is an affordable way to make the commute to work or spend a weekend exploring other neighborhoods.

 

Bus

Another affordable option for getting around without a car is the Metro Bus.  With multiple stops dotting North Capitol Street, hopping on a bus is an easy way to travel shorter distances or avoid cases of road rage.  Invest in a SmarTrip Card that you can use on both the Metro rail or bus to make getting around even simpler.

Bike

A bike-friendly attitude is apparent in NoMa, with bike-share programs, secure bike stations, riding trails and a free tire pump spread throughout the neighborhood.

Capital Bikeshare is a great resource for bike sharing, with over 200 stations throughout the Washington, DC area.  You can choose a 1-day, 3-day, 1-month or 1-year subscription.  Simply head to your closest station and grab a bike to ride to work, the Metro, run errands, go shopping, or visit friends and family.

 

Another great option for your biking needs is the Union Station Bike Station, offering storage, repairs, secure bike parking, locker room access and retail sales.  This sleek facility is a great addition for those living a green, car free lifestyle.

 

When you feel like taking it off of the city streets, the Metropolitan Branch Trail is a great option:

[box] “The Metropolitan Branch Trail (MBT) is an 8-mile trail that runs from Union Station in the District of Columbia to Silver Spring in Maryland. Following the Metropolitan Branch Line of the Baltimore and Ohio (B&O) Railroad, the trail passes through numerous vibrant and historic neighborhoods as well as connecting to the National Mall. The MBT is an important transportation route providing connections to homes, work and play as well as access to seven Metro stations. Current plans include connections to the area’s trail network such as the Capital Crescent Trail, Anacostia Trails System, and integration into the East Coast Greenway.”

-metbranchtrail.com [/box]

 

 

Uber 

When you are ready for a special night out or are in need of reliable, timely transportation to the airport, Uber is a fantastic option.  Download the free Uber app to your phone and sync up a credit or debit card.  When you’re ready to be picked up, request a car and a luxurious car will be at your doorstep in minutes.  When you arrive at your destination there is no need to tip; your trip summary and the amount billed is emailed to you.

 

With increasing population and increasing concern for the environment, car free living is certainly something to consider.  At 2M, you can rest easy knowing you have an abundance of transportation options outside your front door.

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