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Directions to NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Building 3 Auditorium
Greenbelt Maryland 20771
Car pool with someone if you don't have a car. The New Carrollton Metro station on the Orange line is the closest station, but the shuttle between the station and Goddard does not run after 8 p.m. (For all Metro stations, see the Metrorail Stations page. For a map of the station and surrounding neighborhood, click on the PDF in the Entrances / Evacuation Maps box. For the full Metro system of lines, see the Metrorail map.)
From Washington, DC:
Take I-495 to the Baltimore-Washington Parkway (Route 295) North (Exit 22) to Greenbelt Road (Route 193). Take Greenbelt Road East for approximately 2 miles. The main gate will be on the left at the first traffic light after Cipriano Road. Pull into the parking lot next to the main gate and go into the guard house to sign in. After you get a badge and a vehicle pass, drive through the main gate and turn right at the first street past the gate.
Take the Baltimore-Washington Parkway (Route 295) South to the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center. Exit at Powder Mill Road and follow the signs to the Goddard Visitor Center. Continue past the turn for the Visitor Center to the next traffic light (Greenbelt Road). Turn right on Greenbelt Road, then turn right at the next traffic light to enter the main gate. Pull into the parking lot next to the main gate and go into the guard house to sign in. After you get a badge and a vehicle pass, drive through the main gate and turn right at the first street past the gate.
Park in the lot just ahead and to your left for Building 3.
Wheeled access to be determined.
- Accessiblity Information and Resources for the Nation's Capital Disabled Access in Washington, DC.for museums, restaurants, museums, shopping malls, and other points of interest
- DC MetroAccess Customer Guide order online
Traffic Conditions and Street Closings
- DC Street Closures
- DC Traffic Alerts
- Metro System eAlerts for Elevator / Escalator status, MetroAccess, and Metrorail
- DC, Maryland, and Virginia Traffic Conditions
- Maryland Coordinated Highways Action Response Team (Chart)
- Traffic Cameras in Montgomery County, Maryland for traffic conditions in the Washington, DC metropolitan area
- Virginia Traffic & Travel
Riding Metro to the Event
(For all Metro stations, see the Metrorail Stations page. For a map of the station and surrounding neighborhood, click on the PDF in the Entrances / Evacuation Maps box. For the full Metro system of lines, see the Metrorail map.)
To plan your metro ride, use the Metro Trip Planner at https://www.wmata.com/schedules/trip-planner/. The Trip Planner will give you an idea of the travel time and fees from your Metro station to the station near the event.
Metro Accessibility Frequently Asked Questions are at https://www.wmata.com/service/accessibility//faq.cfm. See also the Metro Accessibility information.
Parking in Metro lots
A SmarTrip card is the only form of payment accepted at Metro-operated parking lots. For more information about Metro parking and lot operating hours, see Parking at Metrorail Stations.
Where to Buy a SmarTrip Card
You may purchase SmarTrip cards online from the Metro Store. (Note: The Metro Store page is on a very slow server so it may take a while for the page to load.)
Standard SmarTrip Farecard
A renewable SmarTrip farecard purchased online has a $20 fare value already on it. The cost for the renewable card is $5. The total charge for this card is $25 online.
Senior and Disabled SmarTrip Farecard
In order to purchase a discounted farecard, Senior citizens (65 and older) and persons with disabilities must have proof of age or a valid Metro Disability ID Card. For information on how to apply, see https://www.wmata.com/service/accessibility/metro-access/eligibility.cfm. Senior citizens 65 years or older with a disability and Medicare card holders with a valid photo ID are not required to apply for the Metro Disability ID card, but may purchase fare by showing proof of age at any Metro Sales location, many public libraries in the District of Columbia, Montgomery County, and Prince George's County, and retail outlets. Applications for the free WMATA Disabled ID card are available from the Office of ADA Programs at 600 Fifth Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20001 or by calling 202-962-1245 or TTY 202-628-8973 or calling 202-962-1558 or TTY 202-962-2033 and requesting an application be mailed to you. A renewable SmarTrip farecard for senior (65 and older) and disabled riders purchased online has a $10 fare value already on it. The cost for the renewable card is $5. The total charge for this card is $15 online.
SmarTrip cards may also be purchased from vending machines in Metro stations but come with a lower initial fare value: $5 for the card with a $5 fare value for a total of $10 for the standard farecard. A separate vending machine allows you to add fare value up to $300 to the card.
For more information about purchasing SmarTrip cards, see Metro Passes, Fares, SmarTrip Cards, and Tokens.