"NoMa", a moniker for the area North of Massachusetts Avenue, is located just four blocks from Capitol Hill and directly to the east of Union Station in Washington, D.C., United States. NoMa envelopes the neighborhoods of Truxton Circle, Sursum Corda, Eckington, and Near Northeast and includes a section historically known as Swampoodle. "NoMa," meaning "north of Massachusetts Avenue," is a syllabic abbreviation on the model of other similarly named neighborhoods such as Tribeca.
Although much of the planning for the area took place during the late-1990s, the 2004 opening of the New York Ave-Florida Ave Metro, now NoMa-Gallaudet U station sparked development in the neighborhood. The area is served by 13 methods of transportation including rail (via the Red Line of the Washington Metro), bus (via intercity carriers and Metrobus), bicycle (via the Capital Bikeshare, Metropolitan Branch Trail), car, (zipcar, Uber), taxi, or walk the sidewalks of an area that received a walkscore of 92. Eighteen schools serve the NoMa neighborhood, from pre-K to university. Educational centers include Gallaudet University, Community College of DC and Gonzaga.
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