Farragut West station

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Farragut West
WMATA Metro Logo.svg WMATA Blue.svg WMATA Orange.svg WMATA Silver.svg rapid transit station
USA-Metro Farragut West0.jpg
Location 900 18th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
Coordinates 38°54′4.9″N 77°2′22.1″W / 38.901361°N 77.039472°W / 38.901361; -77.039472Coordinates: 38°54′4.9″N 77°2′22.1″W / 38.901361°N 77.039472°W / 38.901361; -77.039472
Owned by WMATA
  • WMATA Blue.svg
  • WMATA Orange.svg
  • WMATA Silver.svg
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Connections Bus transport Metrobus: 3Y, 7Y, 11Y, 16Y, 30N, 30S, 32, 33, 36, 37, 38B, 39, 42, 43, 80, D1, D4, D5, D6, G8, L2, N2, N4, N6, S1
Bus transport DC Circulator
Bus transport MTA Maryland Bus: 901, 902, 904, 905, 909, 950, 995
Bus transport Loudoun County Transit
Bus transport PRTC OmniRide
Structure type Underground
Bicycle facilities 4 racks
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code C03
Opened July 1, 1977; 41 years ago (July 1, 1977)
Passengers (2017) 18,762 daily[1]Decrease 3.77%
Preceding station   WMATA Metro Logo.svg Washington Metro   Following station
Blue Line
toward Vienna
Orange Line
Silver Line
  Out-of-system interchange  
Preceding station   WMATA Metro Logo.svg Washington Metro   Following station
toward Shady Grove
Red Line
Transfer at: Farragut North
toward Glenmont

Farragut West is a side platformed Washington Metro station in Downtown Washington, D.C., United States. The station was opened on July 1, 1977, and is operated by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). Providing service for the Blue, Silver, and Orange Lines, the station is located just west of Farragut Square with two entrances on I Street at 17th and 18th Streets, Northwest.

It is only a block away (across the Square) from Farragut North station; however, there is no direct connection between the two stations. WMATA originally planned to have a single Farragut station that would serve as an alternate transfer station to ease congestion that would develop in Metro Center. However, it would have been done using the cut and cover method, disrupting the Square above. Therefore, this proposal was not favored and the two separate stations were built instead. As part of its long-term capital improvement plan dated September 12, 2002, Metro has proposed building an underground pedestrian tunnel (similarly to the connection tunnel between Sofia (Bulgaria)’s Serdika and Serdika-2 metro stations) connecting this station with Farragut North. On October 28, 2011, Metro announced its Farragut Crossing program, allowing riders using a SmarTrip card up to 30 minutes to transfer for free by foot between Farragut West and Farragut North stations.[2]

The station opened on July 1, 1977.[3] Its opening coincided with the completion of 11.8 miles (19.0 km)[4] of rail between National Airport and RFK Stadium and the opening of the Arlington Cemetery, Capitol South, Crystal City, Eastern Market, Federal Center SW, Federal Triangle, Foggy Bottom–GWU, L'Enfant Plaza, McPherson Square, National Airport, Pentagon, Pentagon City, Potomac Avenue, Rosslyn, Smithsonian and Stadium–Armory stations.[5] This was the first station in the system to open without any pylons along the platform. Information normally found on the pylons is located on wall plaques. Orange Line service to the station began upon the line's opening on November 20, 1978.[6] It is the sixth-busiest station in the Metrorail system, averaging 18,762 passengers per weekday in May 2017.[1]

Station layout[edit]

G Street level Exit/entrance
M Mezzanine One-way faregates, ticket machines, station agent
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Westbound WMATA Blue.svg toward Franconia–Springfield (Foggy Bottom–GWU)
WMATA Orange.svg toward Vienna (Foggy Bottom–GWU)
WMATA Silver.svg toward Wiehle–Reston East (Foggy Bottom–GWU)
Eastbound WMATA Blue.svgWMATA Silver.svg Blue and Silver Lines toward Largo Town Center (McPherson Square)
WMATA Orange.svg toward New Carrollton (McPherson Square)
Side platform, doors will open on the right

Notable places nearby[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Metrorail Average Weekday Passenger Boardings" (PDF). WMATA. May 2017. Retrieved February 17, 2018.
  2. ^ "Metro launches Farragut Crossing" (Press release). WMATA. October 28, 2011.
  3. ^ Feaver, Douglas B. (July 1, 1977), "Today, Metro could be U.S. model", The Washington Post, p. A1
  4. ^ "Sequence of Metrorail openings" (PDF). Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. 2017. p. 3. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
  5. ^ "Metro's newest stations: Where they are, what's nearby", The Washington Post, June 24, 1977
  6. ^ Eisen, Jack; Feinstein, John (November 18, 1978), "City-County fanfare opens Orange Line; Ceremonies open new Orange Line", The Washington Post, p. D1

External links[edit]

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