The 98th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board is taking place January 13-17, 2019—coinciding with the temporary closure of Metro stations between Reagan National Airport and the Pentagon.

If you’re flying into DCA on Saturday or Sunday, you’ll need to find an alternate mode of transportation to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. With approximately 13,000 transportation professionals making their way to the Annual Meeting on the same weekend, expect ride-sharing prices to be high and traffic to be heavy.

Kittelson’s recommendation? Utilize Capital Bikeshare!

Our Associate Planner Conor Semler does this often when he travels from Boston to Washington, D.C. (“I prefer not to be in a car,” he says.) To avoid current construction at the airport, here is his recommended route:

  • Cross the pedestrian bridge from DCA to the parking garage.
  • Take the elevator down to Level 1.
  • Walk to the back of the parking garage and follow to the exit.
  • Follow the sidewalk back to the underpass and take the Mount Vernon Trail to Crystal City.
  • Once in Crystal City, pick up a bicycle from Capital Bikeshare and enjoy the five-mile ride to the Convention Center. (View the full route here.)
  • Return your bike to one of the many bikeshare stations in downtown Washington, D.C.

Here is a map of the route. The orange line indicates the walking path, and the green line is the start of the bike route:


If you can make the trip in under 30 minutes, it just costs $2. You can also pick up a 24-hour pass for $8. We’re excited to use these modes of transportation this weekend and hope they can save you some time and expense, too.

We’ll see you at TRB… if we don’t see you at Capital Bikeshare first!