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You Really Can Get There From Here

<ro>By Air

<lst>Reagan Washington National Airport is two miles north of Alexandria. For information about the airport, including security requirements and parking, call 703-417-8000 or visit www.wmaa.com.

<ro>By Train

<lst>Washington Area Metropolitan Transit Authority- Metro rail and Metrobus available throughout the city. Check out www.metroopensdoors.com. Get online to get on board. Just enter where you are and where you want to go. Then what time you would like to leave or arrive. The Ride Guide then charts your course and tells you how much it costs.

Information: 202-637-7000.

ALEXANDRIA STATIONS

* National Airport (opposite main terminal with connecting walkway. Shuttle to Terminal A)

* Braddock Road (on north side of Braddock Road at West Street)

* King Street (on King Street west of Commonwealth Avenue).

* Eisenhower Avenue (Eisenhower Avenue at Stoval Street)

* Van Dorn (Van Dorn Street after Eisenhower stop)

MOUNT VERNON STATION

* Huntington (Huntington Avenue at Fenwick Drive or N. Kings Highway, north of Fort Drive)

<ro>By Bus

<lst>*DASH

Dash provides service within the City of Alexandria and connects with Metrobus, Metrorail, Virginia Railway Express, and the Fairfax Connector. DASH serves all the Alexandria Metrorail stations and the Pentagon Metrorail station during morning and evening peak periods. Call 703-370-DASH, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. or visit www.dashbus.com.

* Fairfax Connector

The Fairfax Connector bus service serves areas of Fairfax County and is funded by the County of Fairfax. The Richmond Highway Line, Routes 105, 106 and 107, runs from Fort Belvoir to the Huntington Metro Station including Mount Vernon Hospital and Old Town Alexandria. Call 703-339-7200, Monday through Friday, 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 7a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. or visit www.fairfaxconnector.com.

<ro>By High Speed Trains

<lst>* Virginia Railway Express

VRE provides commuter rail service between Fredericksburg and Washington. The VRE Station in Alexandria (King Street) is a short walk to the Metrorail Station. For information, call 1-800-RIDE-VRE for schedules and updates.

Alexandria Station: 110 Callahan Drive

Lorton Station: 8990 Lorton Station Road

AMTRAK

AMTRAK provides inter-city train service across the United States. Metrorail, Metrobus, DASH, and VRE tie into that system at either King Street, 110 Callahan Drive, in Alexandria, or at Union Station in Washington, D.C. For information, call 1-800-USA-RAIL.

<ro>Ask About

<lst>* Metrochek

Metrochek, started in 1993, allows employers to provide a tax-free benefit of up to $100 per month for public transportation commuting costs. The employer, the employee or a combination may fund this. For information call 202-962-1362 or visit Metrochek at www.wmata.com.

* Transfers, passes and SmarTrip cards

Consult the web sites. Opportunities for substantial savings and greater convenience exist.

* Car or van pooling

Call 703-838-3800 or visit AlexRide.org

*Carsharing

Neighborhood-based car rental service where members pay a usage fee based on hourly rates. Call 703-838-3800 or visit www.AlexRide.org/carsharing.

* Guaranteed Ride Home Program

GRH provides commuters who regularly vanpool, carpool, bike, walk or take transit with a reliable ride home when one of life's unexpected emergencies arise. Visit www.commuterconnections.org for application and guidelines.

* DOT

DOT is a paratransit program regulated by the ADA. The law recognizes that some persons with disabilities are not able to use public transit due to their disability. Paratransit service is required to serve that community. For information about the curb-to-curb program in Alexandria, call 703-838-3800.

In Fairfax County the similar program is Fastran. For information about certification and schedules, call 703-222-9764.

* Taking your bike on Metrorail

For hours and information about bike parking at Metro stations, call the Bike-on-Rail office at 202-962-1116. Bikes are not allowed on Metrobus.

* By Bicycle

Serious about biking? Experienced bicycle commuters, the Washington Area Bicyclist Association's Commuter Mentors, give routing advice and answer general commuting questions. Call 202-682-2500. They will refer you to a bicyclist familiar with your area.

*Bike Rentals

Bicycles can be rented in Alexandria from Big Wheel Bikes, 2 Prince Street (703-739-2300) or Spokes, Etc., 1506 Belleview Boulevard (703-765-8005).