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Meals & Transportation



Training Hotel Only
A complimentary hot breakfast will be available at the hotel each morning. The Baldrige Program will not provide breakfast at NIST.

Lunch and Snacks

Training participants will be responsible for payment of their lunch in the NIST cafeteria each day of the training course. The lunch buffet is charged by weight. The average cost for lunch per day is $8.00. Light snacks will be provided during all days of training.

Wednesday Night Director’s Reception

5:30–7:00 pm  |  Courtyard Gaithersburg Washingtonian Center
All examiner training participants are invited to attend the Baldrige Director’s Reception at the Courtyard Gaithersburg Washingtonian Center on Wednesday nights from 5:30 – 7:00 pm. During the reception, Mr. Robert Fangmeyer, director of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, will share changes to and other current information on the Baldrige Program. Attendance at this reception is limited to Baldrige Examiner Training course participants and Baldrige staff members. Light hor d’oeuvres will be provided.


Airports to Hotel

Baldrige Examiner Training course participants are expected to make arrangements and pay for their own transportation to the hotel.

Hotel to NIST

Tuesday–Friday | Training Hotel Lobby Entrance
Buses will pick up Baldrige Examiner Training course participants at the training hotel each morning. Buses will return training participants to the hotel at the end of each training day. Training participants staying at surrounding hotels are responsible for their transportation to and from training each day.

Friday Training End-of-Day
Buses will be provided to the training hotel immediately after training on Friday afternoon.

Departure Transportation Reservations

Examiner training participants are responsible for arranging their departure transportation. Examiner training will end at approximately 12 noon on Friday. Buses will take training participants staying at the training hotel back to the hotel on Friday to retrieve their luggage. 

NOTE: Ensure that your departure time is not scheduled before 4 p.m. EDT to ensure adequate transport time to your departure destination.

Driving Directions to NIST

NIST is located about 25 miles northwest of Washington, D.C.

NIST Address
100 Bureau Drive, Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1020

NOTE: On your first day of training, Examiners who are driving to NIST should allow an extra 15 minutes to go through the NIST security process at the NIST Visitor’s Center.

Public Transportation

Metro Subway System
Metro rail service is available from Reagan National Airport (DCA) on the Blue Line to the Shady Grove Metro Station on the Red Line. The Shady Grove Metro Station is in close driving proximity to both NIST and the hotel.

Driving from Shady Grove Metro Station to NIST
Exit Metro Station onto I-370 West. From I-370, take I-270 North toward Frederick. Stay in the local lanes of I-270 North and take exit 10, Route 117 (West Clopper Road). At the light at the end of the exit ramp, turn right onto Clopper Road. Then turn left at the first traffic light onto Bureau Drive. This will take you to the main gate of NIST. Before driving through the main gate, turn into the parking lot from the right lane for the secured entry process. This process occurs in the building at the end of the parking lot. Be prepared to present a photo ID and vehicle registration.

NIST Metro Shuttle Service
NIST provides shuttle service for official visitors and staff to and from the Shady Grove Metro Station from 6:45 a.m. to 6:10 p.m.

Visitors using Metro can meet the NIST shuttle at the east side of the Shady Grove Metro Station at 15 and 45 minutes past the hour. The shuttle stops at the “Bus Bay C.” 

The shuttle departs from the front of NIST Administration Building at 5 and 35 minutes past the hour. The last shuttle leaves from NIST at 6:00 p.m. The ride between NIST and the Shady Grove Station is approximately 15 minutes, depending on traffic conditions.

The shuttle operates Monday through Friday except on federal holidays. All visitors who do not have a NIST visitor’s badge must disembark at the NIST Visitors Center to register.


Created March 8, 2018, Updated February 26, 2020