The Washington Post

It's going to be an early rush hour Monday afternoon. The Washington Nationals are scheduled to play their season opener with the New York Mets in Nationals Park at 4:05 p.m.

Fans have many travel options for dealing with the Friday and Saturday crowds.

Rubbing elbows with the traveling crowd is part of the Nationals Park experience.

A traffic-snarling project on I-695, already unpopular with drivers, is scheduled to enter a new phase Saturday.

Watch for crowding throughout the coming week on the streets near the Tidal Basin and on Metro as the cherry blossoms reach their predicted peak bloom.

Expect crowds in D.C. for Cherry Blossom Festival events, a Nationals exhibition on Friday and NCAA basketball on Saturday.

The Washington Nationals will be home for a preseason game with the Yankees at 2:05 p.m. Friday in Nationals Park.

Commuters are adapting to many bus changes. Meanwhile, the D.C. region begins a very active week for sports events and the Cherry Blossom Festival.

Here are some tips for getting to and from Nationals Park for Friday's Game 5.

We're monitoring traffic and transit before, during and after Game 4 of the Nationals/Cardinals series.

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