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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
DC Life Hack-HopStop
Here at 2M Apartments, we like to keep things convenient and stress free. Living in Washington, DC is a lot of fun, but with so much going on it is easy to feel overwhelmed. To minimize worry and maximize fun, we’ll be providing our DC neighbors with some District-based life hacks.
Our first life hack is in the form of an app called HopStop. This transportation-centric app allows users to navigate the abundance of options available in our city (and others). From the app or website, you can plug in your starting and ending address and get detailed directions with options such as Metro Rail, Amtrak, Bike, Taxi and numerous bus lines; they’ll even give you walking directions. Other features allow you to search for nearby stations, view transit maps and schedules, save your most frequent destinations, and report live delays and incidents. Impress your friends with the up-to-date inside scoop and they won’t be hitting the town without you!