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John W. McCormack Federal Building
U.S. Department of Education—Federal Student Aid
Boston (Region I) Training Facility
5 Post Office Square, 9th Floor, Suite 900
Boston, MA 02109-2931
Hours: Monday–Friday 6:00am to 6:00pm
RTF Coordinator: 617-289-0133
Boston Fundamentals of Title IV Coordinators:
617-289-0130 and 617-289-0022

The public entrance to the John W. McCormack Federal Building is on Congress Street. Visitors entering the building must pass through security systems. All belongings will be x-rayed. Employees with a federal ID card may enter either on Congress or Devonshire Streets.


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From Logan Airport:

Exit the airport and merge onto I-90 W/Mass Pike/Massachusetts Turnpike/Ted Williams Tunnel. Take Exit 24 toward I-93. Merge onto I-93 N/US-1N/MA-3N/Thomas P. O'Neill Jr. Tunnel. Take Exit 23 toward Government Center. Turn slight left to take the Government Center ramp toward Faneuil Hall/Financial District/Aquarium. Turn slight right onto North Street, turn left onto Congress Street and continue straight to 5 Post Office Square. The John W. McCormack building will be on your right across from the small park.

From Back Bay:

Turn right onto Beacon Street. Beacon Street becomes School Street. Turn left onto Washington Street. Turn right onto Water Street. Turn right onto Congress Street/Post Office Square. The John W. McCormack building is on your immediate right with a small park across the street.

From the West:

Take Mass Pike (1-90) East. Go through the Weston tolls, take Exit 24 A-B-C on the left toward I-93S/Quincy/South Station/I-93 N/Concord NH. Take the 24C-B exit on the left. Merge onto I-93 N/US-1 N/MA-3 N/Thomas P. O'Neill Jr. Tunnel via Exit 24B toward Concord NH. Inside the O'Neill Tunnel take Exit 23 toward Government Center. Turn slight left to take the Government Center ramp toward Faneuil Hall/Financial District/Aquarium. Turn slight right onto North Street. Turn left onto Congress Street and continue straight to 5 Post Office Square. The John W. McCormack Building will be on your right across from the small park.

From Rhode Island and South:

Take Interstate 95N to Interstate 93N to Boston. Enter Thomas P. O'Neill Tunnel. Take Exit 23 toward Government Center. Turn slight left to take the Government Center ramp toward Faneuil Hall/Financial District/Aquarium. Turn slight right onto North Street. Turn left onto Congress Street and continue straight to 5 Post Office Square. The John W. McCormack Building will be on your right across from the small park.

From New Hampshire and North:

Take Interstate 93S across the Leonard Zakim Bridge and into the Thomas P. O'Neill Tunnel. Inside the tunnel, take the RT-1A exit, Exit 24B-A toward Airport/Government Center. Stay right taking Exit 24-A toward Government Center and right onto Clinton Street. Turn left onto North Street. Turn left onto Congress Street and continue straight to 5 Post Office Square. The John W. McCormack building will be on your right across from the small park.

From Eastern New Hampshire and Northeastern Massachusetts:

Take Interstate 95S to Route 1 South. Follow Route 1 across the Tobin Bridge and merge onto I-93 S/US-1 S into the Thomas P. O'Neill Tunnel. Inside the tunnel, take the RT-1A exit, Exit 24B-A toward Airport/Government Center. Stay right taking Exit 24-A toward Government Center and turn right onto Clinton Street. Turn left onto North Street. Turn left onto Congress Street and continue straight to 5 Post Office Square. The John W. McCormack Building will be on your right across from the small park.

Parking

There is NO parking in the John W. McCormack Federal Building. However, you may park at the following locations that are just within walking distance of the Federal Student Aid office.

Garage at Post Office Square
Zero Post Office Square
Boston, MA 02109
Tel. 617-423-1430

From Points South: From I-93 North, take Exit 23 (Government Center). Take an immediate left off the exit onto John F. Fitzgerald Surface Rd/Purchase Street. Continue on Purchase Street. Take a right onto Pearl Street. (Pearl Street is clearly marked with a street sign.) After the second set of lights/Franklin Street intersection, the entrance to the garage will be immediately on the left.

From Points North: From I-93 South, take Exit 23, bearing right off the exit onto Purchase Street. At the second light, make a right onto Pearl Street. (Pearl Street is clearly marked with a street sign.) After the second set of lights/Franklin Street intersection, the entrance to the garage will be immediately on the left.

From Points West/Mass Pike (Interstate 90): Follow the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90 East) into Boston. Take Exit 24B to I-93 North to Exit 23, (Government Center). Take immediate left off the exit onto John F. Fitzgerald Surface Rd/Surface Road/Purchase Street. Continue on Purchase Street. Take a right onto Pearl Street. (Pearl Street is clearly marked with a street sign.) After the second set of lights/Franklin Street intersection, the entrance to the Garage will be immediately on the left.

From Logan Airport via Ted Williams Tunnel: Take the I-90 West/The Ted Williams Tunnel and take Exit 24 onto I-93 North. From I-93 North, take Exit 23 (Government Center). Take immediate left off the exit onto John F. Fitzgerald Surface Rd/Purchase Street. Continue on Purchase Street. Take a right onto Pearl Street. (Pearl Street is clearly marked with a street sign.) After the second set of lights/Franklin Street intersection, the entrance to the Garage will be immediately on the left.

33 Arch Street Parking Garage
33 Arch Street
Boston, MA 02110
Tel. 617-204-9268

 

 

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Air

Logan International Airport serves the Boston area. You can reach the RTF from Logan Airport by public transportation or by car. See the left side of this page for the driving directions from the airport.

Transportation Services

Taxi

Red White Cab (617) 536-5010
Town Taxi (617) 536-5000

Limousine / chauffeur

Boston Chauffeur (617) 927-5466
Ultimate (800) 439-4390

Airport transportation

Knights Airport Limo Service 800-822-5456

Subway

The John W. McCormack Federal Building is just a short walk from all four MBTA www.mbta.com subway lines. It's centrally located in Post Office Square in downtown Boston. Access is within walking distance from numerous MBTA stops. The Red (Park Street or Downtown Crossing), Orange (Downtown Crossing or State Street), Green (Park or Gov Center) and Blue (State Street) lines all have stops within the vicinity of the building.

The closest stop to the building is the State Street stop on the Blue & Orange lines. Exit on Devonshire Street.

South Station is less than half a mile away. North Station is less than a mile away. A bicycle storage room is also available for your convenience.

Bus

Please visit the MBTA Website for complete schedules and station information.

Bus routes #92, 93, 459, 7, 504, 553, and 558, among others, are easily accessible from the John W. McCormack Federal Building. Also, South Station is less than half a mile away, offering long distance bus service to Cape Cod, New Hampshire, New York and points beyond.

Bus stops are located on Franklin Street, Milk Street, Devonshire Street, Washington Street, Federal Street, Otis Street, and Summer Street, all of which are within easy walking distance from the John W. McCormack Federal Building.

For additional resources, you may wish to check the following links:

Massachusetts Bay Area Transit Authority (MBTA) web site:
MBTA Home Page

HotelGuide Boston:
boston.hotelguide.net

Citywide Reservation Services, Inc.:
www.cityres.com

 

Federal Building Amenities:
Cafeteria—3rd floor (McCormack Café)
Hours: Monday to Friday 6:45am–2:45pm
Hot Breakfast: 7:00 am–10:30 am
Lunch: 11:00am–2:30 pm
Telephone: 617-292-4646

Health Unit—3rd Floor
Hours: Monday to Friday 7:30 am–4:00 pm
Telephone: 617-412-4456

Fitness Center—3rd Floor
Hours: Monday to Friday 6:00 am–7:00 pm
Telephone: 617-918-1744

Hanscom Federal Credit Union—3rd Floor
Hours: Monday to Friday 7:30 am–3:30pm
Telephone: 617-412-4869

Local Hotels

Near the Airport:

  • Hilton Logan
    (617) 569-9300
  • Harborside Hyatt
    (617) 568-1234
  • Ramada Inn Logan Airport
    (617) 569-9300

Within walking distance of the RTF:

  • Holiday Inn Government Center
    (617) 742-7630
  • Omni Parker House
    (617) 227-8600
  • Shawmut Inn
    (617) 720-5544

Important Note:

Due to the large number of participant requests for lodging information, we are offering the names and phone numbers of local hotel and motel sites to assist you in making your travel arrangements while staying in the Boston area. Our listings are not all-inclusive, and no endorsement by the U.S. Department of Education should be inferred.

Local Services

Restaurants

Cosi
14 Milk Street (617) 426-7565
J. Pace & Son
One Federal Street (617) 556-8253
Elephant & Castle
161 Devonshire Street (617) 350-9977
Archie's New York Deli
101 Arch Street (617) 330-5145
Pizzeria Rico
32 Bromfield Street (617) 423-7426
Sam LaGrassa's
44 Province Street (617) 357-6861
Qdoba Mexican Grille
62 Summer Street (617) 357-0791

Other Nearby Amenities

  • Angell Memorial Park is immediately opposite the front doors on Congress Street.
  • Across the street from the John W. McCormack building is a Dunkin Donuts on Milk Street and next to it, on the corner of Congress and Milk Street, is a CVS drugstore.
  • The post office is on Milk Street on the right of the building.
  • Faneuil Hall Marketplace is to the left and down a few blocks from the building.
  • Shopping at Downtown Crossing is just out the doors on Devonshire Street; turn left and go right onto Milk Street and up a few blocks.

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