Live here, work there…no car?

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, WMATA commonly referred to as “The metro,” is, generally speaking, a well-run public transportation system.

Germantown residents might be confused by the plethora of bus routes and be overwhelmed when trying to get to MetroRail stop “Shady Grove.”

When a customer, or rider, becomes experienced with the usage and methodology of the metro, it is an enjoyable experience to commute on.

Getting to that knowledgeable level is sometimes difficult. WMATA makes efforts to explain both the rail and bus routes and schedules, but the sheer magnitude of routes makes that increasingly difficult to simplify.

When in doubt, go to their homepage: http://www.wmata.com/. There are links for both the rail and bus routes, but the bus map initially doesn’t show northwest of Shady Grove.

Maps are more difficult to find than most residents would like, and going to the station to ask is little better. There is a stand where each bus route and schedule is supposed to have a pamphlet that riders can take. This is almost always empty or in a state of dishevelment.

Asking employees will get you an educated answer with directions, but most riders dislike asking questions repeatedly about something that should be easy to figure out.

Simply standing by a MetroBus stop in Germantown will get riders onto a route that takes them to at least one of two major station: Shady Grove or the Germantown Transit Center. Riders trying to get to Shady Grove via MetroBus need to ensure that they get on the bus going in the correct direction or they may find themselves at the Transit Center.

If a rider can find their way to the Transit Center, there is an express bus that takes approximately 10-15 minutes to get to Shady Grove.

Riders commuting via MetroBus should add at least an hour to their commute time, as buses do not travel as quickly as residents driving directly to Shady Grove.

If all of this information sounds confusing, that’s because it is. Only through repeated commuting will riders become experienced enough to navigate the system with confidence.

Until then, riders should always do their homework regarding the metro, and add a significant amount of time to their commute to ensure that they arrive where they want to, when they want to.

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About DJ Jennings

[12610 Grey Eagle Ct, Germantown, MD 20874] [(858) 603-9561] [DJ349@georgetown.edu] [Twitter: EatAtDJs] Dana Jennings Objective I am looking for a journalistic or writing position in which I can hone my skills and acquire new experience while maintaining a highly productive work atmosphere. Professional Highlights Leadership  Responsible for the welfare of up to 10 Marines in real-world combat exercises  Oversaw an entire floor of 40 university students  Performed layout and editing of entire Op-Ed page of weekly university newspaper Writing  Wrote weekly column and various articles for university newspaper  Published in Sandhill Review 2010  Graduated with a specialization in creative writing Management  Responsible for up to $1 million of military communications gear  Achieved Secret clearance in US military  Oversaw the inventory of an entire floor of a college dormitory Technology  Wrote COBOL code to manage investment accounts for national corporation  Edited and performed layout for weekly university newspaper  Worked with radio electronics daily in real-world combat environment Skills  Highly proficient in writing  Highly proficient in Microsoft Office  Proficient in COBOL and HTML  Proficient in Final Cut 7 and 10  Highly proficient with social media  Proficient with layout software  Proficient in public speaking  Highly proficient in basic electronics Employment Highlights COBOL Programmer JISC, Concord, NH 09/2007-Present Editor Lions’ Pride Newspaper, Saint Leo, FL 01/2010-05/2011 Resident Assistant Saint Leo University, Saint Leo, FL 08/2010-05/2011 Corporal, Radio Tech USMC, San Diego, CA 08/2001-08/2006 Education Master of Professional Studies in Journalism Georgetown University, Washington DC Expected 05/01/2014 Bachelor of Arts in English Saint Leo University, Saint Leo, FL 08/28/2011 References are available on request.

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