Brookland–CUA station

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Brookland – CUA
WMATA Metro Logo.svg WMATA Red.svg rapid transit station
Brookland-CUA Station.jpg
This picture shows the curve in the station's platform.
Location801 Michigan Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20017
Coordinates38°56′00″N 76°59′40″W / 38.933234°N 76.994544°W / 38.933234; -76.994544Coordinates: 38°56′00″N 76°59′40″W / 38.933234°N 76.994544°W / 38.933234; -76.994544
Owned byWMATA
Line(s)WMATA Red.svg
Platforms1 island platform
ConnectionsBus transport Metrobus: 80, G8, H1, H2, H3, H4, H6, H8, H9, R4
Bus transport CUA Shuttle: Blue, Green[1]
Bike transport Metropolitan Branch Trail
Structure typeSurface
Parking27 metered parking spaces
Bicycle facilities10 racks, 16 lockers
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station codeB05
OpenedFebruary 3, 1978; 40 years ago (February 3, 1978)[2]
Previous namesBrookland (1978–79)
Passengers (2017)5,468 daily [3]Decrease 3.6%
Preceding station   WMATA Metro Logo.svg Washington Metro   Following station
toward Shady Grove
Red Line
toward Glenmont

Brookland–CUA is a Washington Metro station in Washington, D.C., on the Red Line. It is located in Northeast at Monroe & 9th Street near Michigan Avenue, and serves the Brookland neighborhood of Northeast Washington and the Catholic University of America. Service began on February 3, 1978.[2]


Notable places nearby[edit]

Transit-oriented development[edit]

Brookland–CUA station is slated to be the center of a massive transport-oriented regeneration with the aim of increasing pedestrian-friendly development and an arts-focused neighborhood.[4] The project includes a relocation of the station portals slightly to the south in a plaza with the western end of 9th, Newton, and Otis Streets which will be extended to the station plaza for more convenient access to the rest of the surrounding area.[4]

In August 2014, Metro picked a joint venture involving MRP Realty and CAS Riegler LLC to begin the redevelopment of the 1.8 acres (7,300 m2) site. The plan called for construction of 280 apartments and condominiums; 9,000 square feet (840 m2) of ground-floor retail, 228 parking spaces, and the replacement of Metro's 38-space Kiss & Ride lot. Metro proposed a 98-year lease that included rent increases, and required the joint venture to seek approval of its plans from the District of Columbia Zoning Commission. At that time, Metro said ground would break on the redevelopment in 2016.[5]

But in January 2015, the joint venture said it would take at least four years before it could complete its plans and obtain zoning commission approval, and that it would not be able to sign a lease until 2019.[5]


Originally simply known as "Brookland," in 1979 its name was changed to "Brookland–CUA" due to the proximity of The Catholic University of America to the station.[6] An unusual feature of this station is that the platform is slightly curved, requiring mirrors to be placed on the westbound side of the platform, to aid train operators in making sure the area is clear before closing the doors.

In addition, Brookland–CUA also has a relatively uncommon layout; passengers entering the station first take escalators, stairs, or an elevator down to a lower level which includes the station's faregates and kiosk, then use escalators or elevators to go back up to reach the platform level.

Station layout[edit]

Platform level
Westbound WMATA Red.svg toward Grosvenor or Shady Grove (Rhode Island Avenue)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Eastbound WMATA Red.svg toward Silver Spring or Glenmont (Fort Totten)
M Mezzanine One-way faregates, ticket machines, station agent
G Street level Exit/entrance

The station has one slightly curved island platform located above ground.


  1. ^ "CUA Shuttle Bus Schedule" (PDF). CUA Department of Public Safety. Retrieved March 28, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Johnson, Janis (February 4, 1978). "Exuberant Crowd Celebrates Metro's Arrival in Maryland". The Washington Post. p. B1.
  3. ^ "Metrorail Average Weekday Passenger Boardings" (PDF). WMATA. Retrieved July 31, 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Brookland/CUA Metro Station Small Area Plan" (PDF). DC Office of Planning. Retrieved March 28, 2018.
  5. ^ a b Neibauer, Michael (January 7, 2015). "Half a decade away: Brookland Metro redevelopment pushed to late 2019". Washington Business Journal. Retrieved January 7, 2015.
  6. ^ Eisen, Jack (August 7, 1979). "Zoological Park Subway Stop Name, 9 Others Changed by Metro Board". The Washington Post. p. C5.

External links[edit]

Media related to Brookland–CUA (WMATA station) at Wikimedia Commons