Shuttle Bus and Couriers

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Shuttle Bus Route and Schedule

The DOE Shuttle Buses follow the same schedules between the two main Headquarters locations, Forrestal and Germantown.  The buses start their routes at each Headquarters facility at the same times, see the schedule below.  The subsequent stops at the other facilities are relative to the departure time of each route.

The shuttle bus departure and arrival times may be impacted by traffic, weather, or other logistical interruptions.

Shuttle Bus Route - Northbound
Forrestal - 270 Corporate Center - Germantown

Shuttle Bus Route - Southbound
Germantown - 270 Corporate Center - Forrestal

Forrestal to Germantown Shuttle Bus Schedule
Departs ForrestalArrives Germantown
7:00 a.m.8:30 a.m.
8:45 a.m.10:00 a.m.
10:15 a.m.11:15 a.m.
11:30 a.m.12:30 p.m.
1:15 p.m.2:30 p.n.
3:00 p.m.4:15 p.m.
5:00 p.m.6:15 p.m.


Germantown to Forrestal Shuttle Bus Schedule
Departs GermantownArrives Forrestal
7:00 a.m.8:30 a.m.
8:45 a.m.10:00 a.m.
10:15 a.m.11:15 a.m.
11:30 a.m.12:30 p.m.
1:15 p.m.2:30 p.m.
3:00 p.m.4:15 p.m.
5:00 p.m.6:15 p.m.

The bus stops are located at: 

  • Germantown - East side of Germantown building (cafeteria side)
  • 270 Corporate Center (20300 Century Boulevard) - Front entrance
  • Forrestal - Under the main entrance overhang located on 10th Street

If additional transportation is required, employees leaving from the Washington, DC facilities should contact (202) 586-4187. Employees leaving from the Germantown and 270 Corporate Center facilities should contact (301) 903-4330.

Access the shuttle bus schedule in a printer-friendly format (pdf file).

Bus Transportation For Disabled Employees

Shuttle bus service for disabled employees traveling to or from L’Enfant Plaza or Portals Building will be made available upon request to the Transportation Office Manager.  When possible, disabled employees requiring shuttle bus service should provide the Transportation Office Manager with advanced notice.

Please contact the Transportation Office Manager, Ellsworth Howell at or (202) 586-5235.

Change in shuttle bus stops as of February 28, 2019

Effective February 28, 2019 the DOE Shuttle Bus discontinued the L’Enfant Plaza and Portals Building stops due to low ridership and construction zone parking difficulties.  Employees at L’Enfant Plaza and the Portals Building requiring shuttle bus service must use the Forrestal building bus stop.

For all questions or concerns regarding the shuttle bus, please contact the Transportation Office Manager, Ellsworth Howell at or (202) 586-5235.

Biodiesel (B20) Powered Buses Save Energy and Reduce Emissions

DOE Headquarters utilizes two 24 passenger bio-diesel (B20) powered shuttle buses.  The buses run seven times a day, on a 40-mile loop between DOE Headquarters, downtown Washington, DC and Germantown, MD locations. DOE projects the bio-diesel buses, which have double the fuel economy of the former 45-passenger buses, will annually consume approximately 20,000 gallons less fuel. This equates to a savings of more than 23,000 gasoline gallons equivalent or the removal of 53 passenger cars from the roads.

Bio-diesel helps to:

  • Reduce petroleum consumption and dependency on foreign oil
  • Improve air quality
  • Provide outlets for agricultural products

Headquarters employees are reminded of the statutory provisions that authorize and limit the use of the shuttle bus service. Specific authority for the use of appropriated funds to pay for transportation for official purposes is contained in section 1344(a)(1) of Title 31, U.S. Code. Use of this transportation for any other purpose is inappropriate and against the law.

Read the Shuttle Bus FAQs

Headquarters Courier Services

The Transportation Team is responsible for providing courier services for the delivery and pick-up of DOE office material within the Washington Metropolitan area. Unclassified documents and packages requiring special messenger delivery within the Washington Metropolitan area are handled by the team during the following hours:

Courier Delivery Hours
ForrestalGM-1428:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.(202) 586-8600
GermantownR-0037:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.(301) 903-4330

Courier Requirements:

  • Material or packages to be delivered to other Government sites must be brought to the appropriate room listed above.
  • Materials should be packaged using standard postal or interoffice packages.
  • Customer must complete applicable messenger request form.
  • Material will be delivered on the next scheduled messenger run.
  • Customers must pick up materials from appropriate room listed above.

Read the Courier Services FAQs

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