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DC Rail Transportation

Rail transportation provides a convenient way to travel to or from Washington DC, and the city’s system makes it easy to get around once you are here. The subway system, known locally as Metro, can be an easy way to move throughout the city, as well as regional destinations in Northern Virginia and Maryland. If traveling to DC from further away, Amtrak provides service to Union Station. Regional train systems also service the city, including VRE, servicing Virginia, and MARC, servicing Maryland.

Metro

DC’s Metrorail system can be a great way to get around the city without renting a car or paying for a taxi. Metro consists of 6 lines which service key locations in Washington DC, Virginia, and Maryland.

Amtrak

Many Amtrak lines travel through Washington DC’s Union Station. Routes include service up and down the east coast, and into the midwest. DC is one of the terminus stops on the high speed Acela route which includes stops in Philadelphia, New York City, and Boston.

VRE

Virginia Railway Express, provides commuter rail service from Washington DC to locations in Northern Virginia. The system’s two lines start at DC’s Union Station, and end in Manassas, VA and Fredericksburg, VA.

MARC

Maryland Area Regional Commuter is a commuter rail system which has three lines running from Washington DC into locations in Maryland. Destinations include one of the three DC area airports, Baltimore Washington International Airport. The Brunswick line also include destinations in West Virginia.

Rail articles

Live DC Metro Map and Train Locator – If you’ve spent some time using the DC Metro, you know the frustration of arriving at your station just seconds after a train has left, only to find that the next arrival is more that a quarter of an hour away. With the Live DC Metro Map and Train Locator, you will never have this problem again. See the approximate location of each train on a DC Metro map in real time, and plan your trip accordingly before leaving your desk, office, or home.

Virginia Railway Express – VRE provides commuter rail service between DC and several stations outside the beltway, with lines to Fredricksburg and Manassas.

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