Temporary Bus Drop-off & Pick-up Locations Near FDR Memorial
There are temporary changes to accommodate bus drop-off and pick-up in the vicinity of the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Ohio Drive, SW and West Basin Drive, SW due to the construction of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. This construction is anticipated to be completed by fall, 2011. West Basin Drive is closed to traffic except for handicapped drivers and NPS Maintenance. Other vehicles, including buses, which stop or park there are subject to ticketing. The closure is clearly signed.
Designated tour bus drop-off and pick-up is available on the westbound side of Ohio Drive, SW between West Basin Drive, SW and Independence Avenue, SW. This area has a sidewalk leading to the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial.
Bus stopping for any reason is prohibited on the westbound lane between the Inlet Bridge and West Basin Drive, SW and drivers stopping there may be ticketed. The prohibition is because there is no sidewalk and therefore no handicapped-accessible route. Additionally, bus drivers who violate this prohibition block other drivers’ views of the signs regarding the lane change ahead and create a dangerous situation.
Stopping for drop-off or pick-up is prohibited in any open travel lanes. This is of special concern in the east bound lane of traffic at the intersection with West Basin Drive, SW where some buses have been observed dropping passengers in the travel lane. Those passengers and their guide are at considerable danger when they step beyond the bus because drivers behind the bus cannot see through the bus and do not anticipate pedestrians stepping in front of them.
Buses traveling east from the John Ericsson Memorial and wanting to drop off at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, can turn around so that they can use the designated drop-off by using the bus turn-around further down the road. To find it, proceed past the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, over the Inlet bridge, and then past the George Mason Memorial and Parking Lots A, B, and C.
Of special interest: additional curbside public parking on Ohio Drive, SW near the tennis bubble in East Potomac Park has recently become available.
Please see this map for assistance.
Did You Know?
At seven and a half acres, the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial is the largest presidential memorial on the National Mall. Interestingly, it stands near the site of numerous temporary World War II dormitories that housed several women supporting wartime military and governmental services.