Located on a plateau along what has been termed the “Anacostia Hills,” the entire St Elizabeths complex rests near the confluence of the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers.
As a medical facility, St. Elizabeths charted new ground and became a nationally recognized symbol of healthcare and medical breakthroughs. Today St Elizabeths East holds the promise for advancing new and global innovation on a much wider scale.
St Elizabeths East and its unparalleled opportunities for creating commercial success from innovative ideas rest at the virtual heart of the region. Just under three miles and a couple of Metro stops from the U.S. Capitol, this historic campus is adjacent to the Congress Heights station of Metro’s Green Line, a short drive from Ronald Reagan National Airport, and easily accessible from the region’s newly renovated Interstate highway system, including I-295, I-395, and the Capital Beltway.
The District of Columbia and the historic St Elizabeths East campus enjoys extraordinary access through a sophisticated network of transportation systems:
- Air – DC is served by three international airports with direct flights to dozens of US markets and more than 40 international markets.
- Regional Bus and Train Networks – DC is served by Amtrak, VRE, Marc, Megabus, Greyhound, BoltBus and more.
- Metrorail – with more than 700,000 daily riders, the second largest system as measured by ridership in the United States. The closest Metro station to St Elizabeths East is Congress Heights. The area is also served by the Anacostia Metro station.
- Metrobus – serves the nation’s capital 24 hours a day, seven days a week with 1,500 buses
- The Circulator – rapid and affordable circulating bus service with a new route serving the neighborhoods closest to St Elizabeths East, running from the Potomac Avenue Metro Station to Skyland and the Good Hope Marketplace Shopping Center via Barracks Row.
- Capital Bikeshare – citywide bike sharing program with four new stations east of the river at the Congress Heights Metro Station, Good Hope and Minnesota Avenue, Alabama Avenue and Malcolm X Avenue, and W Street and Martin Luther King Avenue
- Water Taxis – American River Taxi supports commuting and transport solutions in the Metro region.
- Car sharing programs – a convenient alternative to traditional automobile ownership or rental.
To build a transportation network that serves the needs of the redeveloped St. Elizabeths East Campus and its community by providing connectivity and access to adjacent neighborhoods, the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED), with the assistance of the District of Columbia Department of Transportation (DDOT) is planning a slate of infrastructure improvements. The transportation program objectives include:
- Provide connections to the community and neighborhoods
- Make St. Elizabeths East Campus accessible and open to the community
- Provide increased transportation connections
- Make the campus walkable
- Remove the roadway deficiencies by reconstructing the roadways & connecting the network
- Provide multimodal transportation options including transit, bikes, and pedestrians
- Manage the expected growth in travel