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Some help finding various resources that will aid in beginning research, composing a research paper, and writing a bibliography.
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Using the Metro Print Page

Metro Map

Click on image to view WMATA PDF in high definition.

More information on MetroBus can be found at WMATA's MetroBus site.

In general, MetroBus's routes are too complex to easily post here. PDFs are available for DC, Maryland, and Virginia.

There are several stops around Gallaudet University, primarily on Florida Avenue near the entrance, as well as along 8th Street NE and 6th Street NE. Check schedules and destinations carefully.

SmarTrip cards -- the same ones used on MetroRail -- are highly recommended, especially if transferring to or from the Metro.


Getting to and from the Metro

Gallaudet University provides a free shuttle between campus and the New York Avenue Metro station, as well as Union Station. The Gallaudet University Shuttle schedule is available online. Bookmark this page; schedules can change at any time!

Both New York Avenue and Union stations are on the Red Line, so if your destination is on a different line, you will need to transfer according to the following:

Line Transfer Station Time
Yellow Gallery Place/Chinatown Rush Plus Metro services is complicated! See map and check schedules for more information.
Green Gallery Place/Chinatown Same as Yellow
Green Fort Totten All day
Blue Metro Center All day
Orange Metro Center Rush Plus Metro services is complicated! See map and check schedules for more information.

How to Ride
Trains are listed on electronic signs visible throughout each station. Each train is listed with the last station it will stop at, which means it is going in that direction, as well as how many minutes are left before the next train arrives. If the train will go past the station you need, then you will need to get on that train.

For example, you may be going to visit the Medical Center in Bethesda. The station closest to the Medical Center is on the Red Line going towards Shady Grove, the last station on the Red Line in that direction. This means the train you need will be listed on the electronic sign as "Shady Grove."

Variations in Service
Sometimes during rush hour, trains will not run through the entire line. For example, you may see a Red Line train listed on an electronic sign as "Grosvenor" or "Silver Spg"; this means that train is stopping there and will not go any further. WMATA uses this as a means of relieving crowded trains during peak hours.


Metro fares

Metro offers different payment options, which are outlined in detail here. The options are:

  • Passes
    • A pass offers unlimited travel on the Metro for either one day or one week, and for specific amounts of money. Read the site's summaries of each pass to understand limitations!
  • Farecards
    • For any amount of money up to $45. Made of paper, these cards are purchased once and are worth the amount of money you paid to obtain it. On the front, a stamp will indicate how much fare money is left on the card. When the card amount drops below the cost of a trip, you will need to either pay exit fare from a special machine (if you're inside the station) or exchange the farecard for a new one (outside). Not refillable.
  • SmartTrip
    • Available for purchase at special machines at certain stations or CVS. Can be refilled as many times as you want. Does not indicate how much is left on the card until you use a faregate (displays remaining balance on faregate screen).

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