Consistent Life 25th Anniversary Conference

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March 9-11, 2012, 4-H Youth Conference Center, Chevy Chase, MD

Transportation Arrangements

This is primarily to help people coming from out of town by public transportation (air, train, bus) get to the 4-H Center, 7100 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase, MD (Connecticut Ave. and Taylor St.).

All three airports and Union Station (Amtrak, MARC, VRE, Megabus, Boltbus) are served by the Washington Metro rail and bus system (airports without Metrorail have express Metro airport buses connecting to Metrorail). The 4-H Center is served by Metrobus and by the Montgomery County Ride-On bus system, which accepts Metro system fare media.  Rates are complex, particularly on Metrorail, as they depend on day of week (weekday/weekend), time of day and fare media (lower fares are offered with a SmarTrip card, which has a one-time $5 charge to buy the media without fares included, than with cash or a floppy fare card, with which you only pay the actual fares). Cash or electronic media are accepted on buses, but you must have electronic media for Metrorail, which can be purchased from machines in each station. Getting to the 4-H Center requires at least two transfers from each of the airports, and one from Union Station (Amtrak). There are no transfer slips in the Metro system. If using electronic media, transfers are automatically included in the fare calculation. The nearest Metrorail station, Friendship Heights, to the 4-H Center is almost two miles away. That is the terminal for all the bus routes directly serving the 4-H Center, so you will not need to worry about getting on a bus going the wrong direction from there as long as you have the right bus route number.

You can go directly to the Center using taxicab or a shuttle bus such as the SuperShuttle, which is less expensive than taxi and more time consuming because they gather up several people going to the same general area and then drop off each passenger at their destination. If you have two or more people going together, taxicab could be about the same or less than a shuttle, even with extra passenger fees.

Taxi fares

The taxi fares provided are approximate. Fares are based on a combination of distance and time, so how congested the roads are will affect the fare. There may be surcharges for baggage, which are not included in these estimates. The estimates from the airports are from the Center Web site. I went to another site to get the estimate from Union Station.  Also figure on a tip as an additional cost.

  • Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport $30
  • Washington Dulles International Airport $65
  • Baltimore/Washington Thurgood Marshall Airport $65
  • Union Station (Amtrak, MARC, VRE, Megabus, Boltbus) $20

Shuttle fares

These are fares from the SuperShuttle site. There are other shuttle services, but fares will probably be similar.

  • Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport $24
  • Washington Dulles International Airport $30
  • Baltimore/Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport $38

Bus and rail directions

From Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport: There is a Metrorail station at the airport. Take the Yellow Line (marked Mount Vernon Square or Fort Totten) to the Gallery Place-Chinatown station, and transfer to the Red Line (marked Shady Grove or Grosvenor) to the Friendship Heights Station. At Friendship Heights, get off and take an L8 Metrobus or a Montgomery County 1 or 11 Ride-On bus. Get off the bus at Connecticut Ave. and Taylor St., and you will need to cross the street to get to the 4-H Center. [Alternative route to the Red Line from the Airport is to take the Blue Line (marked Largo) and change to the Red Line at Metro Center, but this route is longer.]

From Washington Dulles International Airport: Take Metrobus 5A, a special airport express route ($6 fare), to the Rosslyn Metro.   There change to the Metro Blue Line (marked Largo), and take to Metro Center.  At Metro Center, transfer to the Red Line (marked Shady Grove or Grosvenor) to the Friendship Heights Station. At Friendship Heights, get off and take an L8 Metrobus or a Montgomery County 1 or 11 Ride-On bus. Get off the bus at Connecticut Ave. and Taylor St., and you will need to cross the street to get to the 4-H Center.

From Baltimore/Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport: Take Metrobus B30, a special airport express route ($6 fare), to the Greenbelt Metro (nonstop). The bus stop at BWI is near the International arrivals terminal.  At the Greenbelt Metro (a terminal station so all trains go the same way), take any train to Fort Totten.  At Fort Totten, you can transfer either to the Red Line (marked Shady Grove or Grosvenor) or the E4 bus (marked Friendship Heights) [Metro system Trip Planner routes recommend the bus, probably because it is more direct and generally a little quicker], and go to the Friendship Heights Metrorail station. At Friendship Heights, get off and take an L8 Metrobus or a Montgomery County 1 or 11 Ride-On bus. Get off the bus at Connecticut Ave. and Taylor St., and you will need to cross the street to get to the 4-H Center.

From Union Station: Union Station is multimodal, and includes the Metrorail Red Line. Take the Red Line (marked Shady Grove or Grosvenor) to the Friendship Heights Station. At Friendship Heights, get off and take an L8 Metrobus or a Montgomery County 1 or 11 Ride-On bus. Get off the bus at Connecticut Ave. and Taylor St., and you will need to cross the street to get to the 4-H Center.

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