Federal Center SW (WMATA station)
|Federal Center SW|
|Address||401 3rd Street, Southwest
Washington, D.C. 20024
|Lines|| Blue Line
Silver Line (planned)
MTA Maryland Commuter Bus
|Platforms||1 island platform|
|Bicycle facilities||2 racks|
|Opened||July 1, 1977|
|Owned by||Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority|
|Passengers (2001)||1.699 million 0%|
Federal Center SW is an island platformed Washington Metro station in an area of Southwest known as the Southwest Federal Center in 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 both the Blue and Orange Lines, the station is also scheduled to be on the Silver Line route, which is expected to start operations in 2013. The station is located at 3rd and D Streets.
In preliminary maps this was named Voice of America station, after the government-owned radio service located a block away. In recognition of the possibility that VOA might move or the radio service might change its name in the years to come, the Metro facility instead received a more generic name. The station opened on July 1, 1977. Its opening coincided with the completion of 11.8 miles (19.0 km) of rail between National Airport and RFK Stadium and the opening of the Arlington Cemetery, Capitol South, Crystal City, Eastern Market, Farragut West, Federal Triangle, Foggy Bottom–GWU, L'Enfant Plaza, McPherson Square, National Airport, Pentagon, Pentagon City, Potomac Avenue, Rosslyn, Smithsonian and Stadium–Armory stations. Orange Line service to the station began upon the line's opening on November 20, 1978.
Notable places nearby 
- National Air and Space Museum
- National Museum of the American Indian
- United States Botanic Garden
- Several federal government buildings, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Department of Health and Human Services, NASA, United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, Voice of America radio and television studios, and the Ford House Office Building.
- Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (2010). "Dulles Metrorail Project Overview". Retrieved July 25, 2010.
- Feaver, Douglas B.; John Feinstein (November 27, 1978), "That which we call Zoological Park would smell as sweet half mile away; What's in a Metro name?", The Washington Post: C4
- Feaver, Douglas B. (July 1, 1977), "Today, Metro could be U.S. model", The Washington Post: A1
- Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (July 2009). "Sequence of Metrorail openings". Retrieved July 25, 2010.
- Staff Reporters (June 24, 1977), "Metro's newest stations: Where they are, what's nearby", The Washington Post
- Eisen, Jack; John Feinstein (November 18, 1978), "City-County fanfare opens Orange Line; Ceremonies open new Orange Line", The Washington Post: D1
Media related to Federal Center SW (WMATA station) at Wikimedia Commons
- WMATA: Federal Center SW Station
- StationMasters Online: Federal Center SW Station
- The Schumin Web Transit Center: Federal Center SW Station
- 3rd Street entrance from Google Maps Street View