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Directions to EEI in Silver Spring, Maryland

Location: photo of EEI Silver Spring, MD

EEI Communications
8403 Colesville Road
Suite 320
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone: 301-495-9800

By Metro:

Take the Red line to the Silver Spring Metro station (Red Metro line) EEI is located one block from the station. (See the current Metrorail map.) Exit right from the train and walk to the north end of the platform (North Side Colesville Road Exit) to the last possible escalator. Take the escalator down and exit to the right. There will be a cement pond to your right and a tall building to your left in the Metro Plaza office complex. The tall building is your destination. Take the escalator that runs along the building. Walk past a bake shop and a shoe repair shop and take the first set of revolving doors on the left. Enter Metro Plaza Building 2. You will be in a foyer with elevator banks on the left and right.

Or, exit the station at the northernmost platform stairway, adjacent to the Metro Plaza office complex. Walk straight towards the Metro Orthopedics & Sports Therapy Center and up the stairs to the second-level plaza. The main entrance to Metro Plaza Two (8403 Colesville Road, Plaza II) will be on your left facing Second Avenue.
Sign in at the guard's desk. (A neighborhood map is available from StationMasters Online.) If you exit the Metro station through the main stairs, walk to the intersection of Colesville Road and Second Avenue. EEI Silver Spring, MD aerial mapCross Colesville Road via the crosswalk and walk one half block along Second Avenue to the Metro Plaza Two entrance on your left. The building is located at the rear corner of the complex, and is the tallest of the three buildings.

(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 Car:

From your starting point: Driving Directions and Map   (Map courtesy of Yahoo! Maps).

From the north via I-270:
Take I-270 south. At the split, bear left to I-495 (Capital Beltway). Head east (towards Silver Spring) on I-495 to the Georgia Avenue exit (Route 97). Go south on Georgia Avenue to downtown Silver Spring. Turn right on Colesville Road to the first traffic light (Second Avenue). Turn right on Second Avenue. The Metro Plaza Two entrance will be on your left in the middle of the first block. To park, see Parking.

From the north via I-95:
Take I-95 south to I-495 (Capital Beltway). Head west (towards Silver Spring) on I-495 to the Georgia Avenue exit (Exit 31-B, Route 97). Go south on Georgia Avenue to downtown Silver Spring. Turn right on Colesville Road. At the first traffic light, turn right onto Second Avenue. The Metro Plaza Two entrance will be on your left in the middle of the first block. To park, see Parking.

From Washington, D.C. via 16th Street NW:
Go north on 16th Street to the District/Maryland border. At the traffic circle, bear right onto Colesville Road. Go to the second traffic light (Second Avenue). Turn left on Second Avenue. The Metro Plaza Two entrance will be on your left in the middle of the first block. To park, see Parking.

From Northern Virginia via I-95:
Travel north on I-95 (Capital Beltway) towards Baltimore. At the intersection of I-95 and I-495, bear left towards Silver Spring. Follow I-495 to the Georgia Avenue exit (Exit 31-B, Route 97). Go south on Georgia Avenue to downtown Silver Spring. Turn right on Colesville Road to the first traffic light (Second Avenue). Turn right on Second Avenue. The Metro Plaza Two entrance will be on your left in the middle of the first block. To park, see Parking.

From Northern Virginia and points west via I-495:
Travel north on I-495 (Capital Beltway) towards Silver Spring. At the intersection of I-495 and I-270, bear to the right towards Silver Spring. Follow I-495 to Georgia Avenue exit (Exit 31-B, Route 97). Go south on Georgia Avenue to downtown Silver Spring. Turn right on Colesville Road. At the first traffic light, turn right on Second Avenue. The Metro Plaza Two entrance will be on your left in the middle of the first block. To park, see Parking.

From Northern Virginia via Washington, D.C.:
Cross any of the District/Virginia bridges and proceed to 16th Street. Go north on 16th Street NW to the District/Maryland border. At the traffic circle, bear right onto Colesville Road. Go to the second traffic light (Second Avenue). Turn left on Second Avenue. The Metro Plaza Two entrance will be on your left in the middle of the first block. To park, see Parking.EEI Silver Spring, MD map

Parking

If traveling south on Colesville Road, turn right at the light onto Second Avenue. Turn right at the next stoplight onto Cameron Street and park in the tan and red trim garage on your left.

If traveling north on Colesville Road, turn left onto Second Avenue. Go one block to the intersection of Second Avenue and Cameron Street. Turn right on Cameron Street to enter the parking garage on your left. Parking is FREE on Saturday.

The parking garage below the building is not open on the weekend.

Accessibility

The main path from the street to the entrance of the building is wheelchair accessible across a brick plaza. There are stairs on other paths to the building. Between the Metro and EEI, there are stairs, but you can go around them.

The path from the parking garage on Cameron is 1 block long down a steep hill. There may be handicap parking on the side of the building. It may also be possible to get a parking pass from the building management that would allow Saturday access to the parking garage for handicap parking. If you want a pass, contact the Events Committee Manager to request a handicap parking pass for the parking garage below the building.


Traffic Conditions and Street Closings

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 http://www.wmata.com/rider_tools/tripplanner/tripplanner_form_solo.cfm. 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 http://www.wmata.com/accessibility/faq.cfm. See also the Metro Accessibility information.

Note: Metro trains, although uncrowded, do not operate as frequently before 9 a.m. on Saturdays. The wait time between trains may be 15 minutes.

Parking in Metro lots

Parking at Metro-operated lots is FREE on weekends and federal holidays.

Where to Buy a SmarTrip Card

You may purchase SmarTrip cards online from the CommuterDirect store. SmarTrip cards are accepted on all Metrobuses, and many local transit systems in northern Virginia and Maryland such as Ride-On and the Fairfax Connector. (See the full list on CommuterPage.com.) You may also purchase SmarTrip cards from several CVS and Giant Food stores. See the list at http://wmata.com/fares/smartrip/smartrip_load.cfm? (Commuter stores in northern Virginia are also listed). Senior SmarTrip cards may be purchased at several libraries and other locations in the metropolitan area. See the list at http://wmata.com/fares/smartrip/smartrip_libraries.cfm

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 http://www.wmata.com/accessibility/metroaccess_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.

Last modified Sunday, 25-Oct-2015