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Old 10-07-2008, 07:34 AM
 
Location: Town of Herndon/DC Metro
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Hi all! My toddler and and love to go into DC to walk the neighborhoods and see the sights. It costs me 4.50 to park at the Metro stations here in Fairfax. I can drive into DC using Chain Bridge without traffic between 10 am and 2 during most weekdays. I have Virginia plates. I don't know DC yet-been here 3 months. Where can I can I find street parking thats not more than 5-10 min walk to a Metro Station? What are the street parking regulations like? I've only driven to a home near Van Ness and 50th street and I don't know if I can park there for 4 hours without a problem. Thanks! leighland
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Old 10-07-2008, 08:09 AM
 
Location: DC
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If it's a weekend, there are always tons of spots on 4th Street SW between I and D Streets. It's metered on Mon-Fri until about 6:00, but free outside of those hours. You'd be a couple of blocks from Federal Center SW Metro (orange/blue lines) and just a few more from L'Enfant (blue/orange/yellow/green). It's also about a 10-minute walk to the Mall and museums.

To get there, take the 395 bridge over the Potomac and get off at exit 4 (Maine Avenue/Nationals/SW Waterfront). Go straight through the stop sign and make a left at the light (Maine Avenue) and then another left at the next light (7th Street). Go up 7th to either I or G, make a right, and just drive around 6th and 4th Streets. There never fails to be a spot under the 395 overpass on 4th Street.

In general, street parking regulations vary. In some areas it's 2 hours max (nearly) all the time. Other areas it's only regulated on weekdays during working hours. Just read the signs and you should be fine.
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Old 10-07-2008, 02:03 PM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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I wonder if it's allowed to park at Springfield Mall and then walk to the Franconia-Springfield station?
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Old 10-07-2008, 02:35 PM
 
Location: Town of Herndon/DC Metro
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Thanks for the help. I now park at Dunn Loring and Take the train into DC but I was hoping to drive into DC between the hours of 10-2pm and walk from Metro stops there (those with Toddlers will understand why ). It sounds like there are 2 hour parking regulations all over DC Monday thru Friday and I can't park in one space for more that 2 hours. So It sounds like my Metro ride is best so far. Thanks for your help!-leighland
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Old 10-07-2008, 04:55 PM
 
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when will they have the orange go past vienna?
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Old 10-08-2008, 10:22 AM
 
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Well, there aren't any tracks past Vienna, so for the time being, all the Orange Line trains will stop there and then go back the other way. Building an Orange Line extension will probably happen one day, but first comes the Silver Line branch through Tysons and then out to Dulles and beyond. If they can keep that on schedule, which isn't likely, it will be done sometime in 2015...
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