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Public Transportation to Headquarters

The St. Elizabeths campus is accessible via Washington Area Metro Transit Authority (WMATA) public transportation, including Metrorail and Metrobus routes. Mass transit may be the preferred commuting method for many personnel traveling to the campus given the limited parking options in the surrounding area.

Local Bus and Trains

Washington D.C.

  • Metrorail Green Line (Anacostia Station), connecting to St. Elizabeths shuttle service.
    • The Anacostia Station is a half mile from the closest campus gate, Gate 1, and nine tenths of a mile from Gate 4, which is the closest gate to the Coast Guard Headquarters building and where the shuttle drops off.
  • Additionally, the Anacostia Station is serviced by 24 Metrobus routes, including four that provide service to Maryland. The St. Elizabeths campus gate itself will be served by 11 Metrobus routes along Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE.



The WMATA website provides a trip planner tool, a useful resource when commuting by Metrorail or Metrobus. To obtain Metrobus directions to get to Gate 1, enter “2695 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE” in the ‘To:’ field, which instructs you to alight at "M L KING AVE & POMEROY RD," located approximately one block from Gate 1. There is also a stop at Gate 1 in both directions on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE, but it is not current in the trip planner database.

 To obtain Metrorail directions to the Anacostia Metro Station (where shuttle services will be provided to Gate 4), enter “Anacostia” in the ‘To:’ field.

You can use your transit benefits provided under the Coast Guard's Commuter Transit Subsidy Benefits Program to pay for your public transportation fare, up to $245 per month, the maximum amount allowable as of March 2013.

Park and Ride

Employees wishing to park-and-ride may do so at the Branch Avenue Station (Exit 7 off of I-95/I-495) or at the Anacostia Station. The pay lots at the Branch Avenue Station have 3,000 spaces; those at the Anacostia station have 800 spaces.

Additional Information

WMATA has a trip planner and route maps for Metro rail and buses. Commuter Connections also has useful information on various commuting options and resources.

Commuter Buses

Commuter Bus Options


  • MTA Commuter Bus provides express transit service from far-reaching Maryland suburbs into Washington.

Loudon County

Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park

  • OmniRide is the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission commuter bus service.

Commuter buses are fixed-route buses that provide service predominantly in one direction during peak periods with limited stops. Routes are usually of extended length and passengers typically utilize multi-ride tickets. They are typically operated by a commercial company under contract that may or may not be subsidized by the local or state government.

Commuter buses currently provide services to and from the L’Enfant Plaza and Navy Yard Metrorail stations and outlying suburbs. There are no commuter buses to or from the Anacostia station. While it varies based on route and carrier, most commuter buses depart every 10 to 30 minutes. Departure times into Washington are typically between 4:30 and 7:30 a.m. and out of Washington between 12:30
and 6:00 p.m.

You can use your transit benefits provided under the Coast Guard’s Commuter Transit Subsidy Benefits Program to pay for your commuter bus fare, up to $245 per month, the maximum amount allowable as of March 1, 2013.

Differences between Commuter and Other Bus Types

A transit bus, also known as a city or public bus, is used for short-distance public transportation. Transit buses are geared for operation on regular urban or suburban bus routes, with multiple defined stops over a short distance. In Washington, transit buses are operated by Metrobus. Compared to transit buses, commuter buses operate less regularly and on longer, less frequent, one-way routes.

Commuter buses are also different than all-seated inter-urban or long-distance coach buses, such as those offered by Greyhound or BoltBus. These are typically known as commercial buses. Commuter buses are also not shuttle buses, demand-responsive buses such as paratransit, or private-hire bus or coach operations.

The Base NCR Employee Transportation Coordinator (ETC) is a consolidated source of all employee transportation needs to include parking, shuttle bus schedules and car pools.

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