Cleveland Park station

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WMATA Metro Logo.svg Cleveland Park Red Line
Washington Metro rapid transit station
WMATA Cleveland Park station.jpg
Location 3559 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20008
Coordinates 38°56′9.5″N 77°3′30.7″W / 38.935972°N 77.058528°W / 38.935972; -77.058528Coordinates: 38°56′9.5″N 77°3′30.7″W / 38.935972°N 77.058528°W / 38.935972; -77.058528
Owned by WMATA
Line(s) Red Line Red Line
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 2
Connections Bus transport Metrobus: D32, H2, H3, H4, L1, L2, W47
Structure type Underground
Bicycle facilities 16 racks, 12 lockers
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code A05
Opened December 5, 1981; 35 years ago (December 5, 1981)
Passengers (2015) 4,366 daily [1]Decrease 3.28%
Preceding station   WMATA Metro Logo.svg Washington Metro   Following station
toward Shady Grove
Red Line
toward Glenmont

Cleveland Park is a rapid transit station on the Red Line of the Washington Metro. Located in the neighborhood of the same name in Washington DC, it opened on December 5, 1981.


The station serves the residential Cleveland Park neighborhood in Northwestern Washington. Its principal attraction is the National Zoological Park; the zoo is not only a downhill walk from this station, but also 106 feet closer from Cleveland Park than from Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan station. Across Porter Street NW lies the Adas Israel Congregation, the District's largest Conservative Jewish synagogue.[2]


While Cleveland Park was part of the initial system plan in 1959, the station opened on December 5, 1981, five years after the first segment began operations.[3][4] Its opening coincided with the completion of 2.1 miles (3.4 km) of rail northwest of the Dupont Circle station and the opening of Van Ness–UDC and Woodley Park–Zoo stations.[3][4][5]

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 (Van Ness–UDC)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Eastbound Red Line Red Line toward Glenmont (Woodley Park)

There are two entrances to the station, both on Connecticut Avenue but on opposite sides of the street between Ordway Street NW and Porter Street NW. Each of these street-level entrances contains an escalator and a staircase leading to a middle landing that joins the two entrances underground. A further row of three escalators leads to the station concourse, which houses fare control; here passengers may buy SmarTrip cards from vending machines and pass through the faregates.[6] An escalator and staircase lead down from the faregates to the platform.[6] An elevator from street level to the concourse is available on the northeastern corner of the intersection of Connecticut Avenue NW and Ordway Street NW and an elevator is available between the concourse and platform after passing through the faregates.[2][6]

Cleveland Park station utilizes the island platform layout with two tracks, A1 and A2. Glenmont-bound trains use track A1 while Shady Grove-bound trains use track A2. A pair of crossovers north of the station are remnants of its status as the penultimate station of the Red Line from its opening until August 25, 1984, when the Red Line was extended westward once again to Grosvenor; other extensions have taken place since then.[citation needed]


Architecturally, Cleveland Park is similar to other stations along the underground stretch of the Red Line between Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan and Medical Center. Because of the high cost of the waffle design and the relative large depth of these stations, pre-fabricated concrete segments were shipped to the construction site and placed together to form the structure of the station, resulting in a four-coffer station design.[3]


  1. ^ "Metrorail Average Weekday Passenger Boardings" (PDF). WMATA. Retrieved 2016-06-07. 
  2. ^ a b Cleveland Park station: Connecticut Avenue exit WMATA Retrieved 2009-01-24
  3. ^ a b c Burgess, John (December 4, 1981), "The new northwest passage; 3 more stops on the Red Line...", The Washington Post, p. B1 
  4. ^ a b Burgess, John (December 5, 1981), "3 Metro stations opening today", The Washington Post, p. B7 
  5. ^ Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (July 2009). "Sequence of Metrorail openings" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on January 13, 2010. Retrieved August 1, 2010. 
  6. ^ a b c Cleveland Park station WMATA Retrieved 2008-01-24

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