For the 2020-21 school year, GDS will offer 11 morning and afternoon neighborhood bus routes plus a shuttle between the Tenleytown–AU Metro and GDS. More details and specific pick-up and drop-off times and costs will be available on the transportation resource board in early 2020.
Check out the interactive shuttle map online here.
Consider joining a carpool, which can be a great way to reduce the amount of time you spend driving while sharing the costs of fuel with others. There are also other advantages, like decreasing traffic in school parking lots and air pollution and providing extra social time for children. Beginning in fall 2020, families driving to campus will be required to drop off at least two students at a time. GDS will recommend carpool matches once a year, and current families can also find a carpool match on MyGDS using the maps directory feature. Simply type in your zip code to find the families who live closest to you!
Did you know that GDS is only 0.7 miles from the Friendship Heights Metro and only 0.5 miles from the Tenleytown Metro, both on the Red Line and that 23 public buses serve these metro stations? With the addition of the Tenleytown Shuttle starting in fall 2020, which will run regularly before and after school, and GDS’s subsidized transit cards for students and staff, it couldn’t be easier to take transit to school!
Check out the transportation resource board [link] for information about:
Applying for a Kids Ride Free Card
Transit subsidies for students residing in Maryland and Virginia
Transit buddy program pairing responsible high school students with younger peers
GDS is dedicated to being a bike-friendly destination for students who choose to bike to campus. Unification will include new and improved bike racks inside both parking garages and along Davenport with updated security features. In addition, two bike lanes have been installed along 42nd street between Wisconsin and Chesapeake to make immediate arrival to school safer. GDS is also planning a range of bicycle safety classes and maintenance workshops this spring, summer, and fall. For details, check out the transportation resource board.
Families who live within 1 mile of school are encouraged to walk to school each morning. Walking is good for the environment, good for health, and helps to build a strong community. GDS will also assist in the formation of walking buses, or groups of students and parents who walk together to school each day. GDS is also planning a range of pedestrian safety classes this spring, summer, and fall. For details, check out the transportation resource board.