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NIH Gateway Center for Visitors Closed for Renovation, November 8 – December 17

The NIH Gateway Center for Visitors, Building 66 (​), the main entry point for pedestrian visitors to the NIH Bethesda campus, will be closed for extensive renovation and remodeling beginning November 8 and ending on December 17, 2021.

During this period, on weekdays, the NIH will provide a courtesy shuttle bus service at the Medical Center Metro station outside of the Gateway Center. The shuttle will take patient/patient visitors to the West Drive (Patient Entrance) off of W. Cedar Lane for security screening and visitor badging. All other visitors will take a separate shuttle to the Commercial Vehicle Inspection Facility (CVIF) for security screening and visitor badging. The courtesy shuttle will run weekdays from 6am – 6pm, Monday – Friday. More specific information below:

Weekday Visitor Shuttle – CVIF Entrance (11/8 – 12/17):

  • Monday – Friday, 6am – 6pm.
  • Route: Metro/Gateway Center (outside fence) -> Commercial Vehicle Inspection Facility (CVIF) -> Clinical Center/CRC North Entrance -> Metro/Gateway Center (outside fence).
  • Available for general visitors and employees.

Weekday Patient/Patient Visitor Shuttle – West Drive Entrance (11/8 – 12/17):

After Hours Weekday Shuttle

  • Monday – Friday, 6pm – 12am (midnight). 
  • Route: Metro/Gateway Center (outside fence) -> Commercial Vehicle Inspection Facility (CVIF) -> Children's Inn – Family Lodge -> Clinical Center/CRC North Entrance -> Lot 41 (between 6- 8:30pm) -> Metro/Gateway Center (outside fence); 6pm – 10pm.
  • During the hours of 10pm to 12am the shuttle reverts to its normal schedule:​
This shuttle does not stop at the West Drive Patient Entrance; Visitors taken to the Commercial Vehicle Inspection Facility (CVIF) instead.

Saturday Patient/Patient Visitor Transportation from Metro

  • Call 301-496-5685 (NIH Emergency Communication Center – non-emergency) and an NIH Police Officer will be dispatched.
  • Operates 7am – 5pm.

Sunday Patient/Patient Visitor Transportation from Metro:

  • ​Call 301-496-1161 (Patient Transportation Desk) and the patient shuttle will be dispatched.
  • Operates 9am – 9pm.

Veteran's Day Holiday Schedule – Thursday, November 11:

  • Patient Shuttles operate on a holiday schedule (7am – 5pm).
  • No employee shuttles.

Thanksgiving Day Holiday Schedule – Thursday, November 25:

  • Children's Inn/Family Lodge Shuttle (7am – 5pm).
  • No employee shuttles.
  • No patient shuttles.

Signage will be posted at the Gateway Center entrance providing transportation information for visitors exiting from the Medical Center Metro Station or parking in the MLP-11 parking garage. A guard will also be posted weekdays at the Gateway Center to assist visitors.

The Office of Research Facilities and the Office of Research Services appreciate your patience and understanding as we complete these necessary upgrades to the NIH Gateway Center. For questions about this message, please contact the ORS Information Line at or 301-594-6677. TTY is available at 301-435-1908.

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