Brookland – CUA (WMATA station)

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Washington Metro rapid transit station
Brookland-CUA Station.jpg
This picture shows the curve in the station's platform.
Station statistics
Address 801 Michigan Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20017
Coordinates 38°56′00″N 76°59′40″W / 38.933234°N 76.994544°W / 38.933234; -76.994544Coordinates: 38°56′00″N 76°59′40″W / 38.933234°N 76.994544°W / 38.933234; -76.994544
Line(s) Red Line Red Line
Connections Bus transport Metrobus: 80, G8, H1, H2, H3, H4, H6, H8, H9, R4
Structure type at-grade
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 2
Parking 27 metered parking spaces
Bicycle facilities 10 racks, 16 lockers
Other information
Opened February 3, 1978; 36 years ago (February 3, 1978)[1]
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Station code B05
Owned by WMATA
Formerly Brookland (1978–79)
Passengers (2010) 1.964 million[2]
Preceding station   WMATA Metro Logo.svg Washington Metro   Following station
toward Shady Grove
Red Line
toward Glenmont

Brookland–CUA is a Washington Metro station in Washington, D.C., on the Red Line. It is located in Northeast at Monroe & 9th Street near Michigan Avenue, and serves the Brookland neighborhood of Northeast Washington and The Catholic University of America. Service began on February 3, 1978.[1]


Notable places nearby[edit]

Transit-oriented development[edit]

Brookland–CUA station is slated to be the center of a massive transport-oriented regeneration with the aim of increasing pedestrian-friendly development and an arts-focused neighborhood.[3] The project includes a relocation of the station portals slightly to the south in a plaza with the western end of 9th, Newton, and Otis Streets which will be extended to the station plaza for more convenient access to the rest of the surrounding area.[3]


Originally simply known as "Brookland," in 1979 its name was changed to "Brookland–CUA" due to the proximity of The Catholic University of America to the station.[4] An unusual feature of this station is that the platform is slightly curved, requiring mirrors to be placed on the westbound side of the platform, to aid train operators in making sure the area is clear before closing the doors.

In addition, Brookland–CUA also has a relatively uncommon layout; passengers entering the station first take escalators, stairs, or an elevator down to a lower level which includes the station's faregates and kiosk, then use escalators or elevators to go back up to reach the platform level.

Station layout[edit]

Platform level
Westbound Red Line Red Line toward Shady Grove (Rhode Island Avenue – Brentwood)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Eastbound Red Line Red Line toward Glenmont (Fort Totten)
M Mezzanine One-way faregates, ticket machines, station agent
G Street Level Exit/ Entrance

The station has one slightly curved island platform located above ground.


  1. ^ a b Johnson, Janis (February 4, 1978). "Exuberant Crowd Celebrates Metro's Arrival in Maryland". The Washington Post. p. B1. 
  2. ^ Neighborhood profiles WDCEP Retrieved 2011-11-11
  3. ^ a b Brookland–CUA executive summary, DC Planning. Retrieved 2008-09-16
  4. ^ Eisen, Jack (August 7, 1979). "Zoological Park Subway Stop Name, 9 Others Changed by Metro Board". The Washington Post. p. C5. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Brookland–CUA (Washington Metro) at Wikimedia Commons