Directions

The Office of Research Infrastructure Programs  (ORIP) is located at:
One Democracy Plaza, Suite 902
6701 Democracy Boulevard
Bethesda, Maryland 20892-4874

Local Public Transit and Shuttle Service

Visitors using the Metro subway system can take the Red Line to:

  • The Medical Center Metrorail Station. This station exits onto the main NIH Campus. It is served by the NIH Shuttle (Rockledge Route), which provides service to Democracy Plaza. View Information on the NIH Campus Shuttle.
  • Grosvenor-Strathmore Metrorail Station. This station is the closest to One Democracy Plaza; however, it is about 2.5 miles distant. Visitors may want to plan on using a taxi or other car service for the last leg.

Airport and Train Services

Out-of-area visitors can reach ORIP via Amtrak train service to Union Station and via three airports:

The Metro’s Red Line serves Union Station and Reagan National. Dulles offers shuttle bus service to Metro’s Silver Line, which connects to the Red Line.  Several options for ground transportation from BWI to the Washington Metro area are available.

Driving Directions

Note: A commercially operated visitor parking lot is located directly east of the building.

From points North: Take the Baltimore-Washington Parkway south toward Washington, DC. At I-495 (Capital Beltway), head west toward Silver Spring/Bethesda. At I-495 (Capital Beltway), head west toward Silver Spring/Bethesda. From the Beltway (I-495), take Exit 36, Old Georgetown Road (Rt. 187). Bear right toward Rockville, going northwest for about 0.6 miles. Turn left on Democracy Boulevard for about 0.7 miles. The entrance to Democracy Plaza is the first right turn after Fernwood Road.

From Points South: Take I-95 north toward Washington DC. At I-495 (Capital Beltway), head west toward Northern Virginia and into Maryland. From the Beltway (I-495), take Exit 38 (I-270) north toward Rockville/Frederick. Take the Democracy Boulevard East exit. After about 0.2 miles on Democracy Boulevard, turn left onto Fernwood Road. Turn left after less than 100 feet back onto Democracy Boulevard and take the first right into Democracy Plaza.

From Points East: At I-95/I-495 (Capital Beltway), head north toward Baltimore then west toward Silver Spring/Bethesda. From the Beltway (I-495), take Exit 36, Old Georgetown Road (Rt. 187). Bear right toward Rockville, going northwest for about 0.6 miles. Turn left on Democracy Boulevard for about 0.7 miles. The entrance to Democracy Plaza is the first right turn after Fernwood Road.

From Points West: Take I-66 east toward Washington, DC. At I-495 (Capital Beltway) head north toward Baltimore. From the Beltway (I-495), take Exit 38 (I-270) north toward Rockville/Frederick. Take the Democracy Boulevard East exit. After about 0.2 miles on Democracy Boulevard, turn left onto Fernwood Road. Turn left after less than 100 feet back onto Democracy Boulevard and take the first right into Democracy Plaza.