Farragut West (WMATA station)

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Farragut West
USA-Metro Farragut West0.jpg
Station statistics
Address 900 18th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
Coordinates 38°54′4.9″N 77°2′22.1″W / 38.901361°N 77.039472°W / 38.901361; -77.039472Coordinates: 38°54′4.9″N 77°2′22.1″W / 38.901361°N 77.039472°W / 38.901361; -77.039472
Line(s) Blue Line Blue Line
Orange Line Orange Line
Silver Line Silver Line
Connections Bus transport Metrobus: 3Y, 7Y, 11Y, 16Y, 30N, 30S, 32, 33, 36, 37, 38B, 39, 42, 43, 80, D1, D3, D5, D6, G8, L2, N2, N4, N6, P17, P19, S1, S2, S4, S9, W13
Bus transport DC Circulator
Bus transport MTA Maryland Bus: 901, 902, 904, 905, 909, 950, 995
Bus transport Loudoun County Transit
Bus transport PRTC OmniRide
Structure type Underground
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Bicycle facilities 4 racks
Other information
Opened July 1, 1977
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Station code C03
Owned by WMATA
Traffic
Passengers (2001) 8.992 million Steady 0%
Services
Preceding station   WMATA Metro Logo.svg Washington Metro   Following station
Blue Line
toward Vienna
Orange Line
Silver Line

Farragut West is a side platformed Washington Metro station in Downtown Washington, D.C., United States. The station was opened on July 1, 1977, and is operated by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). Providing service for the Blue, Silver, and Orange Lines, the station is located just west of Farragut Square with two entrances on I Street at 17th and 18th Streets, Northwest.

It is only a block away (across the Square) from Farragut North station; however, there is no direct connection between the two stations. The WMATA originally planned to have a single Farragut station that would serve as an alternate transfer station to ease congestion that would develop in Metro Center. However, it would have been done using the cut and cover method, disrupting the Square above. Therefore, this proposal was not favored and the two separate stations were built instead. As part of its long-term capital improvement plan dated September 12, 2002, Metro has proposed building an underground pedestrian tunnel (similarly to the connection tunnel between Sofia's Serdika and Serdika-2 metro stations) connecting this station with Farragut North. 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. [1]

The station opened on July 1, 1977.[2] Its opening coincided with the completion of 11.8 miles (19.0 km)[3] of rail between National Airport and RFK Stadium and the opening of the Arlington Cemetery, Capitol South, Crystal City, Eastern Market, Federal Center SW, Federal Triangle, Foggy Bottom–GWU, L'Enfant Plaza, McPherson Square, National Airport, Pentagon, Pentagon City, Potomac Avenue, Rosslyn, Smithsonian and Stadium–Armory stations.[4] This was the first station in the system to open without any pylons along the platform. Information normally found on the pylons is located on wall plaques. Orange Line service to the station began upon the line's opening on November 20, 1978.[5] It is the fourth-busiest station in the Metrorail system, averaging 25,000 passengers per weekday as of May 3, 2006.[6]

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Exit/ Entrance
M Mezzanine One-way faregates, ticket machines, station agent
P
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Westbound Blue Line Blue Line toward Franconia–Springfield (Foggy Bottom – GWU)
Orange Line Orange Line toward Vienna (Foggy Bottom – GWU)
Silver Line Silver Line toward Wiehle – Reston East (Foggy Bottom – GWU)
Eastbound Blue Line Blue Line toward Largo Town Center (McPherson Square)
Orange Line Orange Line toward New Carrollton (McPherson Square)
Silver Line Silver Line toward Largo Town Center (McPherson Square)
Side platform, doors will open on the right

Notable places nearby[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Metro launches Farragut Crossing" (Press release). WMATA. October 28, 2011. 
  2. ^ Feaver, Douglas B. (July 1, 1977), "Today, Metro could be U.S. model", The Washington Post: A1 
  3. ^ Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (July 2009). "Sequence of Metrorail openings". Retrieved July 25, 2010. 
  4. ^ Staff Reporters (June 24, 1977), "Metro's newest stations: Where they are, what's nearby", The Washington Post 
  5. ^ Eisen, Jack; John Feinstein (November 18, 1978), "City-County fanfare opens Orange Line; Ceremonies open new Orange Line", The Washington Post: D1 
  6. ^ "Request for Expressions of Interest for Operation of Retail Services in Metrorail Stations". WMATA. 2007-02-16. 

External links[edit]

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