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​​Current Status on NIH Transportation, Parking and Commuting Options

Are you preparing or changing your transportation plans for commuting? The Office of Research Services (ORS), Division of Amenities and Transportation Services (DATS) has compiled useful information to help you make informed decisions and navigate the various options available to you.

There are several choices you can select and combinations of transportation modes available to best suit your commuting needs. More information on the important highlights below can be found by visiting:  https://ors.od.nih.gov/pes/dats/CommuterInfo/Pages/Transportation-Return-To-Work-Guidance.aspx

PARKING PERMITS
​Parking permits should be displayed at all times when parking. Please check your permit to be sure it has not expired over the last two years. To apply or renew permits, visit: https://ors.od.nih.gov/pes/dats/parking/Pages/NIHVehiclePermits.aspx 

NIH SHUTTLES
​Off-campus shuttle service resumed on March 28. You will notice new names and stop changes for off-campus shuttles. A new on-campus Express Shuttle (Schedule: https://go.usa.gov/xtFFu) was created that operates between south campus parking lots 41 & 42 and the Building 10 South Entrance. 

​PARKING CHANGES AND ROAD CLOSURES
* MLP-9 and ACRF P-2/P-3 parking garages will be available to Building 10 occupants only. Parking in either of those locations will require a special "Building 10" sticker on the NIH parking permit ( https://ors.od.nih.gov/News/Pages/MLP-9-and-ACRF-P-2-P-3-Parking-Garage-Reserved-for-Building-10-Staff-Only.aspx).
* Lot 4A (across from Building 31) has converted to valet parking for Building 10 patients and patient visitors only (https://ors.od.nih.gov/News/Pages/Lot-4A-Visitor-Parking-Converts-to-Temporary-Clinical-Center-Valet-Parking.aspx).
* Through June 2022, the Lincoln Drive entrance/exit at Old Georgetown Road closed for major construction to widen and improve the intersection (https://ors.od.nih.gov/News/Pages/Reminder-Lincoln-Drive-Entrance-Exit-Temporarily-Closed-for-Expansion.aspx).

NEW SATELLITE PARKING LOTS
Two new satellite parking lots on shuttle routes have opened at Woodglen and Rock Springs to increase your parking options. Be sure to display your parking hanger (Directions can be found at: https://ors.od.nih.gov/pes/dats/parking/Pages/montrose.aspx)

* The Woodglen lot provides an additional 400 employee spaces and is serviced by the Woodglen (Yellow Line) shuttle. (Schedule: https://ors.od.nih.gov/pes/dats/NIHShuttleServices/Documents/WoodglenYellow.pdf)
* The Rock Springs lot provides an additional 300 employee spaces and is serviced by Rock Spring Circulator (Light Green Line) shuttle. (Schedule: https://ors.od.nih.gov/pes/dats/NIHShuttleServices/Documents/RockSpringCirculater_LightGreen.pdf​ 

TRANSHARE
* New members: Explore options to utilize up to $280 a month to commute to work.
* Current members: If you have not used your SmarTrip card in more than 30 days, there are some things you need to do before using it the first time back to work. For details visit: https://ors.od.nih.gov/pes/dats/CommuterInfo/Pages/Transportation-Return-To-Work-Guidance.aspx 

SAFETY
Metro continues to conduct daily cleaning and disinfection of facilities and equipment, including rail stations, trains and buses. The NIH is also ensuring proper cleaning and protocols are in place for our shuttles. As of this email, face masks continue to be required throughout the Metro system and on all NIH shuttles. 

CARPOOL/VANPOOL
NIH offers a free carpool and vanpool matching service, and eligible employees can receive up to $280 monthly to help pay for vanpools. 

ALTERNATIVE COMMUTING
Commuting can be a healthy activity if you choose to bike, jog or walk to work. It's quiet, clean, economical and fun. On-campus benefits for cyclists include enclosed bike lockers, showers and emergency tool stations. 

QUESTIONS
For questions about the NIH Transhare Program or parking-related matters, visit https://ors.od.nih.gov/pes/dats/parking/Pages/parking_info.aspx or email nihparkingoffice@nih.gov 

For shuttle and general transportation information, visit: https://ors.od.nih.gov/pes/dats/nihshuttleservices/Pages/shuttle.aspx.    

You may also follow us @NIHEmplSrvcs on Twitter for more information about services that can assist you with balancing work and family, making healthy food choices, as well as other programs and employee services to improve your wellbeing.​


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