Logistics for March 20, 2016, National March to Support Palestine



-Overall plan

-Bus drop off, parking and pick-up

-Van/Car parking

-Buses, vans and car caravans going to D.C.

-Driving directions

-Public transportation in D.C.

-Airports, train and bus station

-Hotels and accommodations in the D.C. area



On Sunday, March 20, people from across the country will gather at 12 noon at the White House (north side) for the National March to Support Palestine. We will march to the Washington, D.C., Convention Center, the site of the AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) conference. The event is scheduled to conclude at 5:00 p.m.


Click here to learn more about a related event -- Palestine Night Out -- taking place in the evening.



Bus drop off


Buses should drop passengers off on 16th St. NW between H and I Sts. This is the block immediately north of Lafayette Park, on the north side of the White House.


Buses must quickly drop off passengers and then proceed to their parking -- please ask your passengers to be prepared to deboard the bus as soon as it stops.


Bus parking


We recommend that buses park at Union Station. This location is in Washington, D.C., about two miles from the White House. The address is Located at 50 Massachusetts Ave. NE in Washington, D.C., 20002. (The maximum height for bus parking is 12 feet 5 inches.)


Reservations are not required and increase the cost of the space, but they are recommended since the lot does sometimes fill up. Reservations also allow a bus to leave and return to a guaranteed space during that day.


Without a reservation, bus parking is $45 from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm, or $35 from 9:00 pm to 10:00 am. Payment can be in cash or with a credit card.


With a reservation, it is $75 a day. To make a reservation, email [email protected] with the following information: date, arrival and departure times, number of buses, and contact information. You will receive an invoice by email and you must pay by credit card.


Access: Entrance is on the back side of Union Station off H Street.


The phone number for the parking garage at Union Station is 202-898-1950. They are open from 9 am to 5 pm Monday to Friday for more information. Their Saturday number is 202-834-0272 if you need day-of assistance.


Bus pick-up


Following the rally, bus passengers can walk or travel by Metro to Union Station, where the buses will be parked.



There are many parking lots in the White House area in which cars can park. We have listed below the maximum clearance for larger vehicles.


There is street parking, but it is limited. If you are parking on the street, please read all parking signs carefully and check for “emergency no parking signs.” You may need to pay, even on Sunday.


Parking in a lot will most likely be easier and more convenient.


Colonial Parking

1401 and 1455 Pennsylvania Ave NW

(202) 785-5139/(202) 295-8200

(This is the garage and surface lot at the Willard Hotel; you don’t have to be a guest to park there. The pricing is the same for the lot and garage.)

Open 24/7; garage maximum clearance 6’6”

2 hours $20; 4 hours $46; out by 2am $32; overnight $50

*There is free parking for cars or vans (no height restrictions) at 1455 Pennsylvania Ave. across the street from the Willard Hotel. They do not expect to fill up, but if that's full, there is street parking for free on F Street behind the Willard between 15th and 12th Sts.


Colonial Parking

515 20th St NW
(202) 296-5700/(202) 295-8100

Open 24/7; maximum clearance 6’11”

1 hour $11; 12 hours $25; 24 hours $36


Metropolitan Square Garage

655 15th St NW

(202) 393-0297

Open 8am-2am; maximum clearance 6’8”

$12/hour, $25 max


Quikpark Inc

1301 Pennsylvania Ave NW

(202) 393-3650

Open until 12 am; flat rate $15


PMI Parking

1325 G St NW

(202) 785-9191 x445

open 24/7; maximum clearance 6’

1 Hour Rate: $12.00, 2 Hour Rate: $18.00, 12 Hour Rate: $25  24 Hour Rate: $30.00


PMI Parking

1725 De Sales St NW

(202) 785-9191 x426

open 24/7; maximum clearance 6’6”

1 Hour Rate: $13.00, 2 Hour Rate: $17.00, Up to 12 Hours $20.00, Up to 24 Hours $30.00



Transportation is being organized from cities all over the country to travel to Washington DC. Click here for details about cities organizing transportation.


If you're organizing people from your area and you're not listed, fill out the online Transportation Form so we can help get the word out.



For detailed driving directions to Washington DC, click here.


Enter "1600 H St. NW, Washington DC 20006" as your destination.



The closest metro (subway) stations to the rally site on the north side of the White House are McPherson Square (blue/orange/silver lines), Farragut West (blue/orange/silver lines), Farragut North (red line); Metro Center (blue/orange/red/silver lines) is also close.


Exact locations of exits from metro stations:

  • McPherson Square (blue/orange/silver lines): *SW corner Vermont Ave. & I St. NW, SW corner 14th & I Sts. NW

  • Farragut West (blue/orange/silver lines): *SE corner 17th & I Sts. NW, NW corner 18th & I Sts. NW

  • Farragut North (red line): *NE corner Connecticut Ave. & K St. NW, SW corner Connecticut & L St. NW, NE corner Connecticut & L St. NW

  • Metro Center (blue/orange/red/silver lines): *SE corner 13th and G Sts. NW, NE corner 12th and G Sts. NW, SE corner 11th and G Sts. NW, SW corner 12th and F Sts. NW

* = best exit to use


Here are some useful links from the DC metro (subway) website:

Interactive online metro map

Text list of stations

Printable maps

Trip planner


A metro ride will cost $1.75 minimum per rider each way (if you are traveling from farther away, such as from Maryland or Virginia, it will be more, as much as $3.60 per trip).


Paper fare cards have been eliminated. Everyone has to purchase a SmarTrip card.


On Sundays, the metro is open from 7:00 am until 12:00 am. (It opens at 5:00 a.m. Monday-Friday and 7:00 a.m. Saturday-Sunday; it closes at 12:00 a.m. Sunday-Thursday and at 3:00 a.m. Friday-Saturday.)




DC/MD/VA bus maps and timetables are available online:

Bus maps of DC, Maryland and Virginia

Bus timetables


Please make sure to check the timetables for any bus you may take, since some do not run on the weekends.





There are three airports in the Washington DC area. Please see the websites of these airports for information about public transportation and directions.


Ronald Reagan Washington National (DCA)

This is the closest airport to D.C. It is located directly on the Metro. Details can be found here.


Washington-Dulles International (IAD)

There is now a Silver Line Express Bus that runs from the airport to the Silver Line's Wiehle-Reston East station, about 15 minutes away. Details can be found here.


Baltimore-Washington Airport (BWI)

The best way to get from BWI to the rally site is to take the WMATA Express bus that leaves from airport and takes you to the Greenbelt Metro Stop. From there, you will want to go to the Gallery Place - Chinatown station where you can transfer to the red line and then exit at Farragut North. Here’s the link with more information about bus departure times from the airport:



For plane tickets, try any of these sites:







DC airport codes are DCA, IAD and BWI. Some sites also allow you to enter WAS to cover all three.




Megabus, BoltBus, Greyhound and some other companies operate out of the Union Station parking garage, located at 50 Massachusetts Ave. NE. The red line stop "Union Station" is located inside the building (click here for the Union Station website).


Here are their website links to check schedules and buy tickets:





There are several other low-cost bus companies that travel to Washington, D.C., from New York City, Philadelphia, Boston, Baltimore and other area cities. They drop off at various locations in the D.C. downtown area, all of which are metro accessible (including but not limited to Union Station).


Here are some websites to check schedules and buy tickets:

Washington Deluxe

Chinatown Bus





Amtrak, MTA/MARC and Virginia Rail Express run to Union Station, located at 50 Massachusetts Ave. NE. The red line stop "Union Station" is located inside the building (click here for the Union Station website).



Maryland Transit Administration/MARC

Virginia Rail Express



Click here for a listing of hotels and accommodations in the D.C. area.


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