Welcome to your new home in Washington, DC
There are lots of things you need to know about Washington, DC. There are some things you can choose ( like a cable provider) and others that are used by everyone ( like Metrorail). We have attempted to provide information and likes for each service.
- Cable TV – Cable TV service is governed by The Office of Cable Television As of today, there are three providers in DC
Comcast provides cable television and high-speed internet services.
For Comcast customer service, please call (202) 635-5100.
RCN provides cable television, high-speed internet and phone services.
For RCN customer service, please call (800) 746-4726.
Verizon provides cable television, high-speed internet and phone services.
For Verizon customer service, please call (1-800) 483-7988.
- Telephone Service – Telephone service is governed by The Public Service Commission There are more phone service providers than can be listed and kept up to date on this page. The Public Service Commission keeps an updated list on their website under Telecom
- Electricity – Electricity is also governed by The Public Service Commission. This is another service that has a multitude of providers (Regulations have allowed third party companies to compete with PEPCO, reselling power purchased at rates determined by the third party company) The companies authorized to provide electrical service are listed on the Public Service Commission page under Electric
- Natural Gas – Natural Gas is also governed by The Public Service Commission. This is another service that has a multitude of providers (Regulations have allowed third party companies to compete with Washington Gas Company, reselling power purchased at rates determined by the third party company) The companies authorized to provide electrical service are listed on the Public Service Commission page under Natural Gas.
- Trash Collection – Trash collection is usually handled by the District of Columbia Department of Public Works On the left side of the Department of Public Works page there is a tab labeled “Sanitation Services” If you click on that link, you will see items ranging from Bulk Trash to Yard Waste Collections. The services offered are outlined in each section.
- Bus Service – DC has two bus services. The primary service is operated by the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority and there is an additional service provided by the DC Circulator.
The DC Metro Bus system provides more than 400,000 trips each weekday serving 11,500 bus stops in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. Metrobus is the sixth busiest bus agency in the United States, with a fleet of more than 1,500 buses operating on 325 routes. The website provides all the necessary information regarding routes, schedules and how to connect with other transportation services such as Metrorail.
The DC Circulator is a low-cost, efficient transit system that connects District neighborhoods with ease. Their website has a “Where We Go: By Route” button on the top left of the page that will enable you to find exact stop locations and service hours for their five routes throughout the District.
- Go DC Go – Your number one resource for transportation information and options to make getting into and around the District of Columbia easier than ever. This site provides links to Capital Bike Share and other options. Most local transportation options are provided here.
- Metro Rail – Metrorail provides safe, clean, reliable transit service for more than 700,000 customers a day throughout the Washington, DC area. The system is the second busiest in the United States, serving 86 stations in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia.The Metrorail system has five color-coded rail lines: Red, Orange, Blue, Yellow, and Green. The layout of the system makes it possible to travel between any two stations with no more than a single transfer.
- ZIP CARS – Zipcar is easier than Washington DC car rental and car ownership. Enter your address (or neighborhood) to find Zipcars near you. Or enter your work address or best friend’s address to view the cars in those areas. (You never know where you’ll be when you want a Zipcar!) You can also learn more about the cars, like how many groceries or friends you can fit (safely) inside.
One of the most overlooked and valuable resources in DC are the many museums and parks. No admission. Free to all. National Monuments are also free to visit. The Smithsonian web site has enough things listed to keep you and visitors busy every weekend of the year.