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Washington, D.C.

Getting here

From the airport

Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) is the closest airport to D.C. (and GSA). If you’re coming from DCA, you can take a cab (~$20) or ride the Metro, which is likely faster. Take the Blue line from the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport station to Farragut West station. It should take approximately 15 minutes and cost ~$2.15. Once outside the Metro station, follow the directions under “Public Transit.”

If you’re coming from Dulles International Airport (IAD), you can take a cab (~$80) or ride public transit, which will take about an hour and cost between $4.25 and $11.

There are two public transit options:

  • You can take the 5A bus from Dulles Main Terminal to the Rosslyn station on the Blue/Orange/Silver Line. The bus costs $2. You can then hop on a Metro to the Farragut West station. The Metro fare from Rosslyn to Farragut West costs $2 - $2.25, depending on time of day. More information is available on the Metro site.

  • Alternatively, you can take the Silver Line Express Bus from Dulles Main Terminal to the Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station on the Silver Line. The Express Bus costs $5, payable by cash or credit card, and runs every 15-20 minutes. Signs in the airport will direct you to the Express Bus boarding area. You can then take the Silver Line to Farragut West station. The Metro fare from Wiehle-Reston East to Farragut West costs $3.85 - $6, depending on time of day.

Once outside the Farragut West station, follow the directions under “Public Transit.”

If you’re coming from Thurgood Marshall Baltimore-Washington Airport (BWI), you can:

  • Take a cab (~$100)
  • Ride a MARC train ($7) to Union Station. MARC trains have a limited weekend schedule, but tickets are valid for a full calendar day— use your ticket to board any departing MARC train. From Union Station, take the Red line to Farragut North station.
  • Ride an Amtrak train to Union Station (~$15). Your ticket is for a specified time and train, which can be problematic if your flight is delayed. From Union Station, take the Red line to Farragut North station.
  • Take the B30 express Metro bus ($7) to Greenbelt station on the Green Line. Take the Green Line to either Fort Totten or Gallery Place, and transfer to the Red Line. Take the Red Line to Farragut North.

Walking

TTS’ Washington office is located two blocks from the White House, six blocks from the Farragut North station, and three blocks from the Farragut West Metro Station.

Biking

Bike parking is free. The entrance to the bike room is via a ramp on E Street by Greenberry’s Coffee. (There are two ramps into GSA courtyards. The one closer to 19th Street is the one you’re looking for.) You must show your GSA ID to the guard and then take your bike down to the bike room in the big building at the center of the courtyard.

There are also numerous Capital Bikeshare stations in the vicinity.

Public transit

Take the Metro Red Line to Farragut North, or take the Metro Orange/Silver/Blue Line to Farragut West. Exit the Metro on the 18th Street side and walk south on 18th Street about four blocks to F Street. The main entrance to GSA is located at the middle of the building on F Street, between 18th and 19th Street.

Parking

There are two parking garages near GSA on 18th Street, one on the right and one on the left just as you pass F Street, between F and G Streets. In addition, there are other parking garages on Pennsylvania Avenue, between 18th and 17th Street within walking distance of GSA.

Parking at nearby garages tends to cost ~$14 for the first hour and then ~$21 for the second hour to a full day.

Once inside GSA

TTS is located on floor three, wing one. When entering from the F Street entrance, go left once you pass through security. Walk down the hallway to the set of elevators or stairs. Take the elevators or stairs up to floor three. Once out of the elevators, take a right turn. If you use the stairs, take a left turn out of the stairwell.

How do I…

Enter the building for the first time?

Enter through the main building entrance on F Street, tell the security guard you’re here and provide them with a photo ID. (Note that pocket knives with blades longer than 2½” are prohibited.) Later on in the day (or soon after) you will have the opportunity to pick up your official GSA ID Badge.

Enter the building if I’m based in another office?

Your badge should get you in. If you’re having trouble, call one of the points of contact listed above, or ask in #dc.

Get my fingerprints and badge?

Fingerprinting and the photo for your badge take place immediately after security in room 1033. Badge pickup is on the first floor, in the library. After pickup, you’ll need to get it activated in the basement.

Attend GSA and TTS orientation

The location of onboarding differs based on how many people are coming into GSA. You will find out the exact location once you arrive at orientation.

Mail something to the office?

Send mail to:

(you can add “ATTN: Name” at top if desired)
General Services Administration
1800 F ST NW
Rm 3100
Washington, DC 20405-0001

Access the building after hours?

Go to the F Street entrance, where 24/7 access is available.

Book rooms for meetings?

Use BookIt to reserve rooms.

  • The TTS quiet rooms are 3117 and 3119B. These are unreservable but are first-come, first served.
  • The reservable team rooms are 3116A&B, 3119A, 3128A&B, and 3143.
  • The tables and open space at the southern end of the 3100 hallway - the “3150 Space” - are unreservable through BookIT. TTS self-manages the space through a Google Calendar. If you want to host an event in the space, search for “3150 Space” in Google Calendar, check the availability, and add your event. If you need the entire space and your colleagues will not be able to sit there for the duration of your event, post advance notice in #dc and write a message on one of the space’s whiteboards. Note: there will be foot traffic at the nearby stairwell and to conference room 3148, so prepare for some background noise during your event.

Avoid booking rooms:

  • 1471, 1472, and 1481—they’re only accessible via the 3rd wing
  • x3xx rooms—they’re really far away from TTS and aren’t easily accessible
  • x0xx rooms—they’re not as up-to-date as other wings

Receive visitors?

If you’re expecting a small group of US citizens (fewer than 15 or so), no advance action is required on your part. Let your guest(s) know to bring ID; they’ll give your name and the TTS room number (3100) at the security desk. You’ll have to go down and escort them up.

If you’re expecting a large group, or if the group includes non-US citizens, you should give security advance notice.

Reserve parking for government business?

In order to reserve parking for a meeting with a government colleague, email 1800FTenantSupport@gsa.gov with the driver’s name, date, time, agency, and (if it’s not a government vehicle) vehicle info. 2-3 business days is preferable but requests can be accommodated on less notice. Spots are located in the East Courtyard. Access the East Courtyard of the building via on E Street: it’s the first right turn into the building, between Which Wich and Greenberry’s.

Register for building badge swipe access as a non-GSA federal employee?

Federal employees who work for agencies other than GSA can register their PIV cards to open doors and turnstiles at 1800 F by visiting the GSA security office. OMA Security is located in the basement in room B338. Office hours are Monday–Thursday from 7:00am–3:30pm. This is particularly useful for biking as it will allow your PIV card to open the courtyard doors from the parking lot.

Request a basement locker?

Fitness center users and bicyclists who want to request a locker in the basement wing 3 should contact 1800FTenantSupport@gsa.gov.

Access a printer?

Refer to our printer information document for more details.

Get on the wireless?

The guest wireless network in the building is GSA Guest. The password changes monthly. To obtain the current password, type “GSA Wireless” into any room on Slack and the current password will pop up.

Non-guest wireless access is available using gsa-wireless and authenticating using your ENT username (ENT\username) and password.

Where are the…

There are maps of the D.C. office in every elevator lobby.

Bathrooms

Gendered bathrooms are located at the end of the 3100 wing. A single-occupancy, wheelchair-accessible all-gender bathroom is located on the third floor in wing three (room 3355).

Nursing/Pumping rooms

Look for room 1232A at the back of the health center on the first floor. You don’t need to reserve it. If it’s in use, you can use the doctor’s office or one of the other rooms near the health clinic. After 4 p.m., you can access the nursing/pumping room directly from the hallway, but the rest of the health center will be closed.

There is a fridge inside the room and one outside the room, in the health clinic. At the end of the day, if there’s any milk in the outer fridge, they’ll move it to the inner fridge.

Batteries

If you need batteries for your keyboard or trackpad, there is a consolidated supply closet on the first floor of the building, in the 200 wing.

Spare keyboards and mice

Melvin Moreira in GSA IT has all of the spare Mac equipment. You can email him to confirm that he is in the office. He sits on the ground floor, wing zero, in room G035.

Lockers

If you work in DC and do not have a locker assigned to you, email 1800ftenantsupport@gsa.gov to request a locker on the 3rd floor, wing one.

Snacks

GSA has a small canteen on the first floor for snacks, yogurts, and coffee. Hours are: Monday, 7am-2pm; Tuesday-Thursday, 7am-3pm; Friday, 7am-2pm.

There is a vending machine in the kitchen that is located near 3150.

The DC fridge is cleaned out bi-monthly on Fridays (dates are posted on the fridge), and all food (including containers) is thrown out.

Tissues

There is another fund for purchasing boxes of tissues in the winter months. Ask in #dc if you want to contribute.

Water

The water cooler is reserved for those who have contributed to the water cooler fund. Contact information for joining is on the cooler itself. Please remember to bring your own cup. In addition, there are water fountains by the bathrooms.

Amenities

Child care

Here are some local child care facilities.

Gym, lockers, locker rooms

The gym is located in the basement. Make sure you bring your badge with you, as you’ll need it to get back into the second wing. The easiest way to get there is by taking the old elevators at the F Street entrance down to the basement, walking slightly north, and then cutting across the parking lot (where the bike room entrance is) into the third wing hallway. The gym is on your left when you walk in, and the men’s and women’s locker rooms are down the long hallway to your right. If you want a locker, you can reach out to Tenant Support to reserve one by emailing Tenant Support.

Rooftop

Take the elevator to seventh floor for wireless and a beautiful view of the National Mall. The Northeast corner of the building does not have as fine a view, but it does have an overhead awning that better prevents glare on your laptop screen.

Transit subsidy

See the instructions for enrolling or cancelling your transit subsidy benefit.

Helpful contacts

Health center

There is a health center on the first floor. They offer flu shots and have basic medicine.

Food and coffee

Google Map with lots of food and drink options.

Weather

A useful source for understanding DC weather is the Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang, also on Twitter: @capitalweather.

Evacuation procedures

See the emergency guide.