There is no need to limit your job search to just the Baltimore metro area. Washington, D.C., with its abundance of federal jobs is just down the road. Getting there is easier than you might think.
On Friday we gave you advice on how to use the Maryland Transportation Authority’s (MTA) website. The easiest method of getting from Baltimore to D.C. is to use one of the two MARC train lines Penn or Camden.
If you click on the link we provided for either line, you will see both trains stop in downtown Baltimore. The Penn Line can be accessed from Penn Station, while the Camden Line starts at the Camden Yards Metro Center. Both trains terminate at Union Station in D.C.
Once in D.C., you can catch a Metro subway train right from Union Station. Clicking on the map at the right will give you a readable version of the Metro’s subway lines. What cannot be accessed by subway in D.C. is serviced by Metrobus. A number of the city’s bus lines run past or near Union Station.
Finding schedules and fare information for the Washington Metro system can be found at their website. It is somewhat different from the MTA’s site, but both provide basically the same services and information. One major difference is the “Trip Planner” application. While the MTA has it located in the center near the top of the home page, D.C. Metro has it listed in the upper left corner.
Metro’s fare schedule is a bit more daunting than the MTA’s. If you recall from Friday’s article, MTA offers an affordable one fare option good for use on the light rail, the subway, and all buses. Metro’s fares are based on length of travel, and require transfers. A one pass option is available, but the time restrictions are much more severe; two hours on Metro as opposed to all day on MTA.
The easiest way to approach commuting to D.C. is to decide which MARC station is easiest for you to access. Remember, the light rail goes to Penn Station, and stops right in front of the Camden MARC platform. Once in D.C., the Metro can get you from Union Station to most government centers, including a stop beneath the Pentagon.
Now you can use the CareerBuilder widget on this page to expand your search, increasing your possibilities for success. Then, using the trip planners provided by both the MTA and D.C. Metro, calculate how long your journey will take. Don’t be discouraged if your trip takes close to 2 hours each way.
Trust us, it’s not much better if traveling by car, and it’s a lot less aggravating.