Bethesda station

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WMATA Metro Logo.svg Bethesda Red Line
Washington Metro rapid transit station
Bethesda station 2016.jpg
Location 7450 Wisconsin Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814
Coordinates 38°59′05″N 77°05′41″W / 38.984605°N 77.094586°W / 38.984605; -77.094586Coordinates: 38°59′05″N 77°05′41″W / 38.984605°N 77.094586°W / 38.984605; -77.094586
Owned by WMATA

Red Line Red Line

  Purple Line (proposed)
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 2
Connections Bus transport Ride On: 29, 30, 32, 34, 36, 47, 70
Bus transport Metrobus: J2, J3, J4, J7, J9, L2
Bus transport Bethesda Circulator
Structure type underground
Bicycle facilities 48 racks, 44 lockers
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code A09
Opened August 25, 1984; 32 years ago (1984 -08-25)
Passengers (2016) 9,282 daily [1]Decrease 13.32%
Preceding station   WMATA Metro Logo.svg Washington Metro   Following station
toward Shady Grove
Red Line
toward Glenmont

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.[2] 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.

Nearby landmarks[edit]

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Exit/ Entrance
M Mezzanine One-way faregates, ticket machines, station agent
Platform level
Westbound Red Line Red Line toward Shady Grove (Medical Center)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Eastbound Red Line Red Line toward Glenmont (Friendship Heights)


The station opened on August 25, 1984.[3][4] 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.[3][4][5] 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.[6] 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 escalator construction was completed in March of 2017.[7]

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.


  1. ^ "Metrorail Average Weekday Passenger Boardings" (PDF). WMATA. Retrieved 2017-04-26. 
  2. ^ FY12 historical ridership by station WMATA Retrieved 2013-10-02
  3. ^ a b 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, p. B1 
  4. ^ a b Brisbane, Arthur S. (August 26, 1984), "All aboard; Metro festivities welcome latest Red Line extension", The Washington Post, p. A1 
  5. ^ Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (July 2009). "Sequence of Metrorail openings" (PDF). Retrieved August 1, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Bethesda Metro escalators out". ABC 7 WJLA. October 19, 2011. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  7. ^ "Massive Bethesda Metro Escalator Project Underway". Robert Dyer @ Bethesda Row. October 17, 2014. 

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