Situated in Chinatown, the Verizon Center is relatively easy to get to, if you know Washington, DC, although, for those not familiar with the layout of our nation’s capital, maneuvering the streets of DC can be pretty scary. No worries, armed with the right information, your journey to the Verizon Center can be sweet, simple, and uneventful….well, except for the event you paid for that is.
DC is a pretty congested city. Aside from the people who actually live here, many come to work, as well as to patronize bars, lounges, clubs, cafes, restaurants, and many other establishments. Caution must be taken to follow the general laws and take precautions to keep one safe. Common sense can lead one a long way, but alas it is a rare commodity in this day and age.
No matter what happens, if a driver cuts you off or whatever, it is best you hold your tongue and anger, because you never know who may be strapped and what they have going on in their lives. It would be a shame for someone to lose their life, getting shot over road rage. This is not to scare you, it is to make you aware and this is not unique to DC, this goes for anywhere. Also, pay close attention to all signs. DC has a lot of one way streets and dead end roads. The last thing you want to do is turn head on into traffic.
Be Aware of DC Traffic Laws
The following are DC traffic laws that are not necessarily common in other states:
· Pedestrians in the crosswalk have the right-of-way. A crosswalk exists at the curbline of every intersection, whether one is painted there or not. If a pedestrian steps into the crosswalk, you must stop and give them the right-of-way. Drivers are expected to go at a slow enough pace in intersections for the safety of pedestrians.
· It is illegal to talk on the cell phone while driving, unless using a hands free device. It is illegal for minors to use a cell phone at all while driving, whether or not they use a hands free device.
· Stop at yellow. When the light turns yellow, drivers must stop before reaching the crosswalk, unless stopping immediately is unsafe.
· Don’t block the box. In DC it is illegal to stop in an intersection. If you are sitting in traffic, be sure to stop before the crosswalk, as well as when stopping for traffic lights.
· Going in circles. When entering traffic circles, you must yield right-of-way to traffic already in the circle.
· No left from service roads, unless doing so will follow the same general direction of traffic and only at an entrance or exit established for that service road.
There are many options to getting to the Verizon Center. Of course, you can drive, but you can opt for using public transport instead.
· Take I-95 North towards Washington
· Take I-395 North exit towards Washington
· When road splits while approaching the 14th Street Bridge, make left onto US-1 and follow to 14th Street Bridge
· Cross the 14th Street Bridge and stay on 14th Street, NW
· Turn right onto Constitution Avenue, NW –
· Make left onto 7th Street, NW – Verizon Center is located on the corner of F and 7th Streets, NW
From Maryland (Northwest of DC)
· Follow the Capital Beltway/I-495 South
· Take the George Washington Memorial Pkwy toward Washington
· Take the exit onto I-395 N toward Washington
· Take the 12th St exit
· Merge onto 12th St SW
· Turn right at Constitution Ave NW/US-1
· Turn left onto 7th Street, NW, follow to F – Verizon Center is located on the corner of F and 7th Streets, NW
· Verizon Center is located at the corner of 7th and F Streets
From Maryland (Northeast of DC)
· Follow I-295 South towards Washington
· Exit at New York Ave NE/US-50 West
· Continue on 50 West as it turns into New York Avenue, NW
· Turn left at 6th St NW/US-1
· Verizon Center is located at the corner of 6th and F Streets
Using Public Transportation
The DC area has a top-notch public transportation system. WMATA, aka Metro, is the biggest provider of public transport in the region. In addition to buses, WMATA provides the subway train that travels throughout the tri-state area.
There are a myriad of buses that will get you to the Verizon Center from most places in the greater Washington, DC area. To access a door-to-door schedule, visit Metro’s website and plug in your starting address and destination into their Trip Planner. It will give you several itinerary options, as well as the costs. This handy tool can be found here.
Bus Routes near Verizon Center are 42, 70, 79, 80, P6, and X2.
Metrorail has several stations near the Verizon Center. While the Gallery Place-Chinatown is located directly at Verizon Center (Red, Yellow, and Green lines), Metro Center, Judiciary Square, Mount Vernon Square, and Archives are all within walking distance. Make sure you have enough funds on your fare card to cover a round trip, so you don’t get stuck in long lines at the vending machines.
Also, when leaving, rather than going straight to the station that is closest to Verizon Center, it’s best to plan according to the crowds, so you can get a seat. If you are riding the Red Line heading towards Shady Grove, you should considered getting on the train at Judiciary Square, but if you are on the Red Line heading towards Glenmont, you may want to get on the train at Metro Center. If you are heading north on the yellow or green lines, you will have better luck at getting a seat if you get on at Archives, while Mount Vernon Square is a better choice for those heading south on the yellow and green lines.
Be sure to listen to all announcements and read the final destination displayed on the train, since sometimes Metro adds a few trains after games to lessen the crowding, but they don’t always cover the full route on that line.