Washington Metro rapid transit station
|Address||7450 Wisconsin Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814
|Connections|| Ride On: 29, 30, 32, 34, 36, 47, 70
Metrobus: J2, J3, J4, J7, J9
|Platforms||1 island platform|
|Bicycle facilities||48 racks, 44 lockers|
|Opened||August 25, 1984|
|Passengers (2014)||10,875 daily  2.52%|
Bethesda is a rapid transit station on the Red Line of the Washington Metro system in Bethesda, Maryland. It is one of the busiest suburban Metro stations, serving 10,608 passengers each weekday in 2012. Upon its completion, the proposed Purple Line will terminate at Bethesda, providing rail service to other inner Maryland suburbs such as Silver Spring, College Park and New Carrollton.
Located at the center of the area's central business district, Bethesda station lies underneath Wisconsin Avenue at its intersection with Montgomery Avenue. In the direction of Shady Grove, it is the first station wholly within Montgomery County, as Friendship Heights straddles the border between Maryland and Washington, DC.
- Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School
- Capital Crescent Trail
- Chevy Chase Bank headquarters
- Consumer Product Safety Commission
- Bethesda's Madonna of the Trail monument
|G||Street Level||Exit/ Entrance|
|M||Mezzanine||One-way faregates, ticket machines, station agent|
|Westbound||← Red Line toward Shady Grove (Medical Center)|
|Island platform, doors will open on the left|
|Eastbound||→ Red Line toward Glenmont (Friendship Heights) →|
The station opened on August 25, 1984. Its opening coincided with the completion of 6.8 miles (10.9 km) of rail northwest of the Van Ness–UDC station and the opening of the Friendship Heights, Grosvenor, Medical Center and Tenleytown stations. It is relatively deep; prior to the opening of the Wheaton station, the Bethesda station had the longest escalator (213 feet (65 m)) in the Western Hemisphere. In October 2014, the replacement of the first of three 106 foot entrance escalators at the station began. The escalator site preparation, demolition, construction, installation and testing was projected to take approximately 42 weeks to complete.
The station's construction has been a major boon to the area, with several office buildings being built on (in the Bethesda Metro Center complex) and around it.
- "Metrorail Average Weekday Passenger Boardings". WMATA. Retrieved 2014-11-04.
- FY12 historical ridership by station WMATA Retrieved 2013-10-02
- Staff Reporters (August 25, 1984), "Red Line adds 6.8 miles; Opening ceremony for new segment set for today at Friendship Heights", The Washington Post: B1
- Brisbane, Arthur S. (August 26, 1984), "All aboard; Metro festivities welcome latest Red Line extension", The Washington Post: A1
- Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (July 2009). "Sequence of Metrorail openings". Retrieved August 1, 2010.
- "Bethesda Metro escalators out". ABC 7 WJLA. October 19, 2011. Retrieved 23 February 2013.
- "Massive Bethesda Metro Escalator Project Underway". Robert Dyer @ Bethesda Row. October 17, 2014.
Media related to Bethesda (WMATA station) at Wikimedia Commons
- WMATA: Bethesda Station
- StationMasters Online: Bethesda Station
- Bethesda Circulator - Free bus line
- The Schumin Web Transit Center: Bethesda Station
- Old Georgetown Road entrance from Google Maps Street View
- The Greater Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce