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Directions to Washington Headquarters Building

Federal Communications Commission
445 12th Street SW
Washington, DC 20554


Metrorail Directions

Take either the Orange or Blue line to L'Enfant Plaza or Smithsonian station stops. You can also reach L'Enfant Plaza via the Green or Yellow lines. Portals II is equidistant from these stations.

From the Smithsonian station, use the Independence Avenue exit. At the top of the escalator you are on the corner of Independence Avenue and 12th Street. Turn right on 12th, and walk approximately 2 ˝ blocks to the entrance to the Portals II building.

From L'Enfant Plaza station, take the 9th and D Street exit. At the bottom of the stairs, turn left on D Street, and walk under the overpass till you reach 12th Street. Cross 12th Street, and turn left for approximately 1 more block to the entrance of Portals II.

Metro hours are Monday - Friday 5:30 a.m. to 12 Midnight and Saturday & Sunday 8:00 a.m. to 12 Midnight.


Metrobus Directions

"V" Line
originating at Deanwood Metro Station in Northeast DC,
proceeding down Minnesota Avenue, to Pennsylvania Avenue, to M Street, to Eye Street, to D Street, to 12th Street.

#70 & #71 Lines
originating at the Silver Spring Metro Station,
proceeding down Georgia Avenue, to 7th Street, to L'Enfant Plaza.

Days and times vary by route. For more detailed information on Metrorail and Metrobus schedules and rates, please contact the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority at (202) 962-1234.


Automobile Directions

From Virginia

Springfield/Woodbridge
Take I-95 North to the 495 Beltway to I-395 North. Then take I-195 North across the 14th Street Bridge. Make a right on Independence Avenue. Make a right on 12th Street.

Tysons Corner/Farifax
Take Route 50 or Route 66 and cross over the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge to Constitution Avenue. Make a right on 14th Street. Make a left on Independence Avenue (3rd light). Make a right on 12th Street.

From Maryland

Silver Spring/Chevy Chase
Take Beach Drive/Rock Creek Parkway South towards Washington, DC. At the Lincoln Memorial, follow the signs for Independence Avenue. Stay on Independence Avenue to 12th Street. Make a right on 12th Street.

Rockville/Potomac
Take the Beltway (Route 495) to Clara Barton Parkway. Follow Clara Barton Parkway/Whitehurst Freeway to Independence Avenue. Make a right on 12th Street.

Greenbelt/Laurel
Take the Beltway (Rouse 495/95) to Baltimore-Washington Parkway. Take exit for New York Avenue/Washington DC. Make a left turn at 14th Street. Make a left on Independence Avenue and a right on 12th Street.

Oxon Hill
Take Route 210 North to I-295 North. Follow I-295 North to I-395 South. Take the 6th Street North exit, make a left on D Street and a left on 12th Street.

Upper Marlboro
Take Route 4 West (Pennsylvania Avenue) to Suitland Parkway to I-295 North, then to I-395 South. Take the 6th Street North exit, make a left on D Street and a left on 12th Street.




last reviewed/updated on 2/7/06 


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