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Directions to The Writer's Center
The Writer's Center
4508 Walsh Street
Bethesda, MD 20815
Phone: 301-654-8664 [Call the Center or check their website for alerts and closings in the event of bad weather. ]
Hours of operation
10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday. The Writer's Center is closed Sundays and Mondays, except for scheduled events and workshops.
Take the Red line to the Bethesda Metro station. Exit via the elevator, turn right (south) along Wisconsin Avenue. Cross Wisconsin (east side) when convenient. Walsh Street is a 6-block walk (less than a 10-minutes) on the left. (For Metrorail information, call 202-637-7000 or visit WMATA's page at https://www.wmata.com/) (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.)
By Rideon Bus:
Several nearby bus stops along Wisconsin Avenue are served by the RIDEON 42 route. The RIDEON system is operated by the Montgomery County DOT Division of Transit Services (Transit Information Center, call 301-217-7433 or 800-732-3327). More information on public transportation in Maryland can be found at The Department of Public Works and Transportation website.
From your starting point: Driving Directions and Map.
From Baltimore and the Beltway:
South on I-70 / I-95 to I-495. West on I-495 to Connecticut Avenue (exit 33 toward Chevy Chase; keep left at the fork on the exit). Drive south on Connecticut to Bradley Boulevard (Route 191). Turn right onto Bradley and drive 1 mile to Wisconsin Avenue. Turn right and drive to Walsh Street (2 blocks). Drive one block and turn right into parking lot across the street from the center.
From Washington DC:
Drive North on Wisconsin Avenue. Turn right onto Walsh Street (two blocks after Bradley). Drive one block and turn right into parking lot across the street from the center.
Drive South on Wisconsin Avenue, crossing East-West Highway (410). Five blocks later, turn left on Leland. Just after Gaylord's Lamps, turn right into the parking lot. Drive as far south as you can in the parking lot. Exit onto Walsh Street. Turn left to walk to the center.
Between 4-6 p.m. only: Turn left at Willow (four blocks past East-West), right on 46th, right on Leland, and left into the parking lot beside Gaylord's Lamps, etc.
From Silver Spring and East:
Take Connecticut Avenue south to Bradley (route 191), right on Bradley, right on Wisconsin Avenue. Turn right onto Walsh Street (two blocks after Bradley). Drive one block and turn right into parking lot across the street from the center.
From Chain Bridge:
From MacArthur turn right at Sibley Hospital (Loughboro), left onto Dalecarlia to Westmoreland Circle; get off at Massachusetts Avenue going away from the city, right on Little Falls Parkway, right on Arlington Road, right on Bradley, left on Wisconsin Avenue (north). Turn right onto Walsh Street (two blocks after Bradley). Drive one block and turn right into parking lot across the street from the center.
From the Potomac and Virginia Beltway:
South on River Road to Goldsboro Road, left on Goldsboro, which ends at Bradley, right on Bradley, left on Wisconsin Avenue. Turn right onto Walsh Street (two blocks after Bradley). Drive one block and turn right into parking lot across the street from the center.
Public parking is available directly across the street from the Writer's Center in a county parking lot. The meters in this lot are effective Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 10 p.m. and free on the weekends. The hours are highly enforced so bring your silver.
Wheeled access to be determined.
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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.