Getting Around DC

UDC website with directions, campus map and to create custom directions can be found here.

For those of you new to Washington, District of Columbia, here are a few helpful tips.


Washington, DC is a federal district, a city that is neither a state nor belongs to any of the fifty states. The Potomac River, the Anacostia River and Rock Creek Park are three of our defining features. Our boundary with Virginia, the state that borders us to the west and south, is delineated by the Potomac River. Maryland is the neighboring state that lies roughly to the east and north.

The District itself has four quadrants, northwest, northeast, southwest and southeast. Street addresses among the four quadrants can be almost identical at times, so it is important to note the quadrant. Quadrants are separated by North and South Capitol Streets and by the National Mall and East Capitol Street.

The city is on a grid, with numbered streets running north-south and increasing as you move away from North Capitol and South Capitol Streets. The lettered streets run east-west and are alphabetical moving away from the Mall and East Capitol Street, starting with letters of the alphabet then two-syllable names, three-syllable names, then names of flowers and trees.

The University of the District of Columbia campus where the conference takes place is at 4200 Connecticut Avenue, NW. UDC is uptown and Connecticut Avenue is a main thoroughfare that takes you right downtown. The L1 and L2 Metrobuses run along it and part of the Metro Red Line runs beneath it.


Metro website has a trip planner and information about SmarTrip cards for Metro and buses.

UDC website with directions, campus map and to create custom directions can be found here.

Metro and Bus

For getting around on public transportation, it is necessary to have a SmarTrip card, issued by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. More information can be found on the website: or at a kiosk inside the Metro station. The webiste also allows you to use “trip planner” in the upper left hand corner by entering in your starting point and destination to find bus and metro options. There are 1-day and 7-day passes available. More information on passes can be found here. A SmarTrip card works for both buses and metro. Metro fare varies with distance traveled and hour of the day. Fares can be found on the website and are listed below the large maps posted on the kiosk level of each metro station. There are special fares for senior, disabled and very young (under five years old) passengers. Ordinary bus fare is $1.75, regardless of the number of stops traveled. There are automatic 50 cent discounts for transfers from metro to bus or vice versa within a two hour time frame, if using the SmarTrip card.

Capital Bike Share

There is a bike sharing station for Capital Bikeshare directly in front of campus at the Van Ness Metro stop. The fee for a 3-day membership is $17, payable by credit card. The first 30 minutes of riding is included, then rates are approximately $2.00 per hour. There are many conveniently located Bikeshare stations around town. More information available on the website:


text to: 703-200-3866

DC Yellow Cab: 202-544-1212 and ask for a Green Cab

Diamond Cab: 202-387-6200

District Cab: 202-398-0500



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