Bethesda station

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WMATA Metro Logo.svg WMATA Red.svg 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
Line(s) WMATA Red.svg
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 2
Connections Bus transport Ride On: 29, 30, 32, 34, 36, 47, 70
Bus transport Metrobus: J2, J3, J4, L2
Bus transport Bethesda Circulator
Structure type underground (rock tunnel)
Depth 165 feet (50 m)
Bicycle facilities 48 racks, 44 lockers
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code A09
Opened August 25, 1984; 33 years ago (1984 -08-25)
Passengers (2017) 9,142 daily [1]Decrease 1.51%
Preceding station   WMATA Metro Logo.svg Washington Metro   Following station
toward Shady Grove
Red Line
toward Glenmont
  Future services  
MTA Maryland
Terminus Purple Line

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 on average 9,142 passengers each weekday in 2017.[1] The Purple Line, currently under construction, 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, D.C.

Nearby landmarks[edit]

Station layout[edit]

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


The exterior of the station

The station opened on August 25, 1984.[2][3] 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.[2][3][4] It is relatively deep; prior to the opening of the Wheaton station, the Bethesda station had the longest escalator in the Western Hemisphere, at 212 feet (65 m).[5] In October 2014, the replacement of the first of three 106-foot (32 m)-long 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 $8.4 million project was completed on March 22, 2017.[6][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. ^ a b "Metrorail Average Weekday Passenger Boardings" (PDF). Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. May 2017. Retrieved February 11, 2018. 
  2. ^ 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 
  3. ^ a b Brisbane, Arthur S. (August 26, 1984), "All aboard; Metro festivities welcome latest Red Line extension", The Washington Post, p. A1 
  4. ^ "Sequence of Metrorail openings" (PDF). Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. 2017. p. 3. Retrieved February 11, 2018. 
  5. ^ Johnson, Matt (July 8, 2014). "What are the 10 longest Metro escalators?". Greater Greater Washington. Retrieved February 11, 2018. 
  6. ^ Massimo, Rick (March 22, 2017). "Metro unveils new escalators in Bethesda". WTOP. Retrieved February 11, 2018. 
  7. ^ "Metro completes major escalator replacement project at Bethesda station" (Press release). Washington, DC: Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. March 22, 2017. Retrieved February 11, 2018. 

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