Bethesda station

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WMATA Metro Logo.svg WMATA Red.svg rapid transit station
Bethesda station 2016.jpg
Location7450 Wisconsin Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814
Coordinates38°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 byWMATA
Platforms1 island platform
ConnectionsBus transport Metrobus: J2, J4, L2
Bus transport Ride On: 29, 30, 32, 34, 36, 47, 70
Bus transport Bethesda Circulator
Bike transport Capital Crescent Trail
Structure typeUnderground
Depth165 feet (50 m)
Bicycle facilities48 racks, 44 lockers
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station codeA09
OpenedAugust 25, 1984; 35 years ago (1984 -08-25)
Passengers (2017)9,142 daily [1]Decrease 1.51%
Preceding station WMATA Metro Logo.svg Washington Metro Following station
Medical Center Red Line Friendship Heights
toward Glenmont
Future services
Preceding station MTA Maryland Following station
Terminus Purple Line Connecticut Avenue

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 as College Park, each of which has additional north-south connections by Washington Metro, and New Carrollton, which has Amtrak and MARC connections to both Washington, D.C. and Baltimore.


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]


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.

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)


  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. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 2, 2018. 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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