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Nationals, baseball traffic return to D.C.

The Nationals Park neighborhood will be hopping for the home opener Friday afternoon.

The Washington Nationals are set to begin their seventh season at Nationals Park at 1:05 p.m. Friday, and by now, the regular crowd has learned the little tricks that ease the travel part before and after the games.

Stacy Cloyd wanted to share this Metro-riding tip with other fans from Virginia: “For folks going on the Yellow Line to Virginia, don’t transfer at L’Enfant! Instead, wait until Archives to get off the Green Line. You don’t have to push your way off at L’Enfant, and you can skip going up and down the escalators since Archives has a central platform, and you will get on a southbound train before all the folks at L’Enfant crowd it up.”

The home opener against the Braves also marks the start of the Capital Weather Gang’s NatCast for 2014. The gang estimates there’s a 20 percent chance of showers during the game, with a coolish breeze.

The big crowds for an afternoon opener result in particularly slow traffic in the blocks around South Capitol and M streets, on the Southeast-Southwest Freeway and on the 14th Street, Douglass and 11th Street bridges. This could have some effect on the early side of the p.m. rush hour. Watch for D.C. traffic control officers and police.

See more tips on getting to Nationals Park for the 2014 season.

Robert Thomson is The Washington Post’s “Dr. Gridlock.” He answers travelers’ questions, listens to their complaints and shares their pain on the roads, trains and buses in the Washington region.



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