Farragut North (WMATA station)
Washington Metro rapid transit station
|Address||1001 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
|Connections|| Metrobus: 3Y, 11Y, 16Y, 32, 36, 37, 38B, 39, 42, 43, 80, D1, D3, D5, D6, G8, L2, N2, N4, N6, P17, P19, S1, S2, S4, S9, W13
MTA Maryland Bus: 901, 902, 904, 905, 995
Loudoun County Transit
|Platforms||1 island platform|
|Bicycle facilities||8 racks|
|Opened||March 27, 1976|
|Passengers (2010)||6.870 million|
Farragut North serves downtown Washington and is located just north of Farragut Square. It lies at the heart of the business district on Connecticut Avenue, with two entrances at L Street and one at K Street. Adjacent to the L Street entrance was a food court which has its own stairway to the surface; the food court closed in 2007 and was later replaced with a Results Gym location. It is the third-busiest station in the Metrorail system, averaging 27,200 passengers per weekday as of May 3, 2006. It is also one of the most shallow, with a lower-than-usual ceiling. The low, flat ceiling at the west end was built to accommodate a proposed freeway ramp to Interstate 66, which was never built. Service began on March 27, 1976.
Farragut North station features unique architecture throughout the system. Its mezzanine stretches across more of the platform and is longer than most, with an open depression looking onto the platform in the middle. There are two elevated "aisles" that serve different escalators and exits. Special buttress-like structures support these stretches of the mezzanine.
As part of the long-term capital improvement plan dated September 12, 2002, Metro has proposed building an underground pedestrian tunnel connecting this station with Farragut West. On October 28, 2011, Metro announced its Farragut Crossing program, allowing riders using a SmarTrip card up to 30 minutes to transfer for free by foot between Farragut West and Farragut North stations. 
On November 24, 2009, a large crack was found in the ceiling during a routine inspection; repairs began the following day.
On February 12, 2010 at approximately 10:13 a.m. a train derailed in the pocket track immediately north of this station when the front car left the tracks. Of the approximately 345 passengers on board, one person was transported to the hospital. All of the passengers were evacuated without incident. The cause of the derailment is being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board.
During 2011, the station is undergoing structural repairs. The renovation will add a new structural support column. Cracks in the ceiling where moisture is entering the station are being patched and ceiling tiles replaced. In addition, the escalators are being overhauled.
|G||Street Level||Exit/ Entrance|
|M||Mezzanine||One-way faregates, ticket machines, station agent|
|Westbound||← Red Line toward Shady Grove (Dupont Circle)|
|Island platform, doors will open on the left|
|Eastbound||→ Red Line toward Glenmont (Metro Center) →|
Notable places nearby
- National Geographic Society
- St. Matthew's Cathedral
- Mayflower Hotel
- Financial Industry Regulatory Authority
- Thomas B. Fordham Foundation
- DAR Constitution Hall
- Neighborhood profiles WDCEP Retrieved 2011-10-19
- "Request for Expressions of Interest for Operation of Retail Services in Metrorail Stations". WMATA. 2007-02-16.
- "Metro launches Farragut Crossing" (Press release). WMATA. October 28, 2011.
- "Repairs being made to ceiling inside Farragut North Metrorail station" (Press release).
- "Minor Injuries Reported After Metro Train Derails". NBC.
- "NTSB issues updates on three Washington Metrorail accident investigations; announces board meeting date for 2009 Red Line collision investigation in Washington, D.C.".
- Tyson, Ann Scott (2011-02-14). "Repairs at Farragut North Metrorail station to last into summer". The Washington Post. Retrieved 15 February 2011.
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