Dupont Circle station

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Dupont Circle
WMATA Metro Logo.svg WMATA Red.svg rapid transit station
Dupont Circle Metro.JPG
Location1525 20th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Coordinates38°54′34″N 77°02′37″W / 38.909499°N 77.04362°W / 38.909499; -77.04362Coordinates: 38°54′34″N 77°02′37″W / 38.909499°N 77.04362°W / 38.909499; -77.04362
Owned byWMATA
Line(s)WMATA Red.svg
Platforms2 side platforms
ConnectionsBus transport Metrobus: 37, 42, D1, D2, D4, D6, G2, H1, L1, N2, N4, N6
Bus transport DC Circulator
Bus transport Georgetown University Shuttle
Structure typeUnderground
Depth114 feet (35 m)
Bicycle facilities16 racks, 12 lockers
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station codeA03
OpenedJanuary 17, 1977; 41 years ago (1977-01-17)[1]
Passengers (2017)16,948 daily [2]Decrease 3.26%
Preceding station   WMATA Metro Logo.svg Washington Metro   Following station
toward Shady Grove
Red Line
toward Glenmont

Dupont Circle is a station on the Red Line of the Washington Metro in Washington, D.C. Located below the circle of the same name, it is one of the busiest stations in the Metro system, with an average of 16,948 entries each weekday.[2]


Dupont Circle station lies underneath the circle of the same name with an alignment directly under Connecticut Avenue NW between the southern edge of the circle to the south and Q Street NW to the north. The station's southernmost point is slightly more than two-and-a-half blocks north of Farragut North, making them two of the closest Metro stations (although Metro Center and Gallery Place are the closest in the system).

Notable places nearby[edit]


With service beginning on January 17, 1977, Dupont Circle station was the first station to open after the original stretch of the Red Line between Union Station and Farragut North.[1] The station remained the western terminus of the Red Line until December 5, 1981, upon the extension of the line to Van Ness–UDC. On February 1, 2012, WMATA closed the southern entrance of the Metro station for at least 8 months to replace all three escalators that were deemed as some of the least reliable in the entire system.[3] The south entrance reopened on October 21, 2012.[4]

Station layout[edit]

Dupont Circle station has two tracks with two side platforms; it is the last station heading west on the Red Line with this setup. Such a layout is required due to the depth of the station; its location below not only the Connecticut Avenue NW underpass but also an abandoned streetcar tunnel necessitated a single-bore tunnel to carry both tracks. There are two entrances to Dupont Circle: one to the north on the south side of Q Street NW between Connecticut Avenue NW and 20th Street NW (closer to 20th Street NW), and one to the south on the southern edge of Dupont Circle between 19th Street NW and Connecticut Avenue NW (closer to 19th Street NW). Due to the station's depth, the station's north entrance escalators are 188 feet (57 m) long.[5]

G Street Level Exit/Entrance
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Westbound WMATA Red.svg toward Grosvenor or Shady Grove (Woodley Park)
Eastbound WMATA Red.svg toward Silver Spring or Glenmont (Farragut North)
Side platform, doors will open on the right

Walt Whitman poem[edit]

The beginning of the Walt Whitman poem, "Thus in silence in dreams' projections, Returning…" from the north entrance escalator.

In 2007, a portion of Walt Whitman's 1865 poem The Wound Dresser was inscribed into the granite wall around the north entrance escalators, as a way to honor the city's caregivers during the HIV crisis.[6][7][8] It reads:

    Thus in silence in dreams’ projections,
    Returning, resuming, I thread my way through the hospitals;
    The hurt and wounded I pacify with soothing hand,
    I sit by the restless all the dark night – some are so young;
    Some suffer so much – I recall the experience sweet and sad…


On January 15, 2018, a train headed to Glenmont derailed outside the station. Nobody was seriously hurt.[9]



  1. ^ a b Eisen, Jack (January 18, 1977). "Circle greets wind tunnel Metro stop". The Washington Post. p. C3.
  2. ^ a b "Metrorail Average Weekday Passenger Boardings" (PDF). WMATA. Retrieved July 31, 2018.
  3. ^ "Dupont Circle south entrance to close Wednesday, Feb. 1, for escalator replacement" (Press release). WMATA. January 30, 2012.
  4. ^ "Metro completes escalator replacement project at Dupont Circle south entrance" (Press release). WMATA. October 21, 2012.
  5. ^ Johnson, Matt (July 8, 2014). "What are the 10 longest Metro escalators?". Greater Greater Washington. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  6. ^ Mathis, Sommer (June 5, 2007). "Dupont Metro gets poetry". DCist.
  7. ^ Peck, Garrett (2015). Walt Whitman in Washington, D.C.: The Civil War and America’s Great Poet. Charleston, SC: The History Press. pp. 16–17. ISBN 978-1626199736.
  8. ^ Kelly, John (18 May 2013). "Hark, what poem leaps from yonder Metro wall?". The Washington Post. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  9. ^ Iacone, Amanda; Kelleher, Colleen (January 15, 2018). "Red Line train derails near Metro Center". WTOP. Retrieved February 24, 2018.

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