Metropolitan Washington D.C. Community Profiles

The area that comprises the District of Columbia is encircled by the Capital Beltway, an expansive, fast-moving superhighway that ensures an easy commuter link for residents in the surrounding Maryland and Virginia suburbs who work in the capital area. Excellent public transportation is a major reason for the growth of the entire metropolitan region. Washington’s Metrorail has been acclaimed as an outstanding, efficient subway system, while commuter rail service is provided by Amtrak, MARC (Maryland Rail Commuter Service) and the Virginia Railway Express.

Reagan National Airport is located just across the Potomac River in Arlington, Virginia, and is linked by Metrorail to Washington, DC International. Embassies, world class hotels, and modern office buildings are all part of an extensive downtown revitalization program that has transformed the face of the city. Key parts of this renewal include the Washington Convention Center and the adjacent Techworld, the Pennsylvania Avenue Development Corporation and Washington Harbour on the banks of the Potomac River.

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