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Motorists should prepare for extra traffic as Nats fans, commuters and Columbus Day weekend getaway travelers all hit the road.

This weekend's start times favor Metrorail riders, but that doesn't mean game time travel will be easy.

Concertgoers need to keep in mind that the rail system now shuts at midnight on Saturdays.

Streets and highways near the park will be crowded. So will Metro's Green Line. But there are plenty of travel options.

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.

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