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Welcome to the Guide

This special edition of the Prince William Extra, produced by a team of Washington Post editors, reporters, editorial aides, photographers and artists, is a guide to our community. Included is important information about how to get around the region, how to contact elected officials and fun things to do with the whole family.

Hundreds of people move to Prince William County every month. If you are one of the newcomers, you might still be trying to get your bearings.

We hope this guide will help you find answers to some of those questions, whether you are new to the area or have lived here for years.

We welcome your comments and suggestions about the Guide. Send them to theguide@washpost.com or call 202-334-6005.

The features that regularly appear in the Thursday Extra will resume next week. The community and entertainment calendars that normally would have been included today were published in last Sunday's Extra.

-- Scott Patton, Editor, Prince William Extra

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Getting Around the Washington Area


Slug lines are a way to form impromptu carpools and help drivers meet passenger minimums.
Slug lines are a way to form impromptu carpools and help drivers meet passenger minimums. (By Marvin Joseph -- The Washington Post)
Traveling on Metro
Carpool, Vanpool and Commuter Information
Commuting 101: Becoming Fluent in Traffic Talk
Major Airports
Toll Roads
Commuter Rail
Transit Information On the Web
Up-to-Date Traffic Information

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