“Should have rode the bus”

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Traveling to events at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts can be a bit of a drag. The venue holds up to 7,000 people and getting out of the parking lots can take forever, despite a direct exit onto the Dulles Toll Road eastbound from Trap Road. One time it took my family and me an hour to get from Wolf Trap to the town of Vienna proper, a mere three miles or so. Thankfully, there is a solution to the hassles of driving to Wolf Trap — the Metrobus shuttle.

Starting two hours before a performance, the shuttle departs every twenty minutes up until showtime. It leaves 15 minutes after the show (or 11:00 p.m., whichever comes first), arriving in time for the last train to the District. When I take the bus and drive back to my Pentagon City apartment the trip takes me a little less than an hour, which is not too bad.

In addition to being much quicker than driving all the way home from Wolf Trap, the ride is entertaining. The driver, who has been running these shuttles for at least five years, is full of stories and jokes (“no brakes!” “shoulda rode the bus” to cars that he passes on the way out) and encourages audience participation. It is a great way to end a delightful evening at Wolf Trap. Oh yeah!

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