This Week (Dec. 5th-8th) Go To Medical Center intead of Forest Glen
Because of the Takoma stop closing this should save you time overall. Even still, plan for up to 15 minutes extra travel time. So instead of texting at Takoma this week, text at Tenleytown! At Medical Center, the shuttle may be found in the "Kiss and Ride" lot.
Festival of Lights adjusted Shuttle Stops (Dec. 1st-22nd)
Please be aware that during the temple's Festival of Lights, the normal Temple, Visitor Center and Chapel stops will NOT be avaiable. The only stop in that vicinity will be "Stoneybrook" (text "stoneybrook" for pickup), on the sidewalk just out side the parking lot entrance to the Visitor's Center parking lot on the side that has a pedestrian entrance door in the gate. This is due to the expected traffic during this time wherein foot traffic on temple grounds may match or out perform the shuttle wheels.
Get to the temple
Before coming on the Metro, visit this go page for the latest announcements.
Tuesday through Friday evenings, 5:30pm-10:00pm. We will be there during those times on those days unless the announcement section on this page says otherwise. There is no service on Saturday or any other time not listed.
Text the short name of a shuttle stop, e.g., "forest", to 240-706-7776 and we'll be there in 15 minutes or less. Normally we do not text back. Be sure to hail the shuttle to indicate your desire for a ride, especially if you are appoaching the stop.
Text at Takoma
It helps us better serve you when you can text 10 minutes in advance. For example, on your way to the temple on a Metro train headed to Glenmont if you text us "forest" from the Takoma station we'll have more time to plan for you than if you text us from the Forest Glen station.
Call to Catch
If you see the shuttle driving away from a stop then call, don't text again, to let us know you're there. Although no one will answer hopefully the driver will hear the phone ring in time to loop back around.
Dec 5-8th: Go to Medical Center on the other side of the red line (not Forest Glen) for pickup due to Metro Trackwork. Expect up to 15 more minutes of travel time going via Medical Center.
Dec 26-29th: Closed Christmas week (Temple is open), no shuttle service.
Our phone number.
Ages eight and up may ride.
Eating is allowed.
Reasons to Ride
Eat on the ride Not only is eating allowed on the Temple Shuttle, it's encouraged. The ride from the Metro to the temple is a great time to finish up those leftovers from lunch, grab a power snack or enjoy a treat.
Avoid traffic Many of the best times to go to the D.C. Temple coincide with the worst traffic. Conversely the Metro has shorter wait times during peak traffic.
Simple directions People coming to the D.C. Temple for the first time need directions. Telling others how to get the temple is simply a matter of saying templeshuttle.org/go.
Predictable trip time Driving to the D.C. Temple involves unpredictable delays. Taking the Metro removes the erratic traffic variable allowing you to better anticipate actual trip time.
Convenient and stress free On the Metro you can relax and wait for your stop once you have ensured you are headed in the right direction. Contrast this to stop and go driving that demands constant attention.
Front door service Unlike the public bus that stops out on the street, we provide front door service. The temple stop is just to the left of the portico when exiting the temple.
Reduce cost, conserve fuel and cause less pollution The Metro is always running whether you use it or not. Leveraging the Metro in conjunction with Temple Shuttle to go to the D.C. Temple is a way to be economically and environmentally conscious.
Multi-task While you're on the Metro you can read a book, play a game or catch up on unfinished work. Just download desired files beforehand as it's difficult to maintain a signal in the tunnels.
Decrease neighborhood traffic For every passenger on the Temple Shuttle there is potentially one less vehicle on Stoneybrook Dr. Using Temple Shuttle is a great way to decrease congestion in the neighborhood surrounding the D.C. Temple.
No vehicle necessary Whether or not you have a car, you may not always have it at your fingertips. Temple Shuttle makes the D.C. Temple and visitor center easily accessible from the Metro for one time or regular use.
How long is the ride?
About 7 minutes.
How much does it cost?
It's free. There is no charge to ride.
How easy is it to ride?
How about other Metro stops?
Forest Glen is the only Metro stop for pick up/drop off.
What does the shuttle look like?
Like a large white shuttle with shuttle doors and Temple Shuttle logos.