Federal Center SW station
Ben Schumin photo of station platform in May 2010
|Location||401 3rd Street, Southwest
Washington, D.C. 20024
|Owned by||Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority|
|Platforms||1 island platform|
|Connections|| Metrobus: 30N, 30S, 32, 34, 36, 39, P6, P17, P19, W13
MTA Maryland Commuter Bus
|Bicycle facilities||2 racks|
|Opened||July 1, 1977|
|Passengers (2016)||5,297 daily  1.41%|
Federal Center SW is an island platformed Washington Metro station in an area of Southwest known as the Southwest Federal Center in Washington, D.C., United States. The station was opened on July 1, 1977, and is operated by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) and is located on the Blue, Orange and Silver Lines. The station is located at 3rd and D Streets.
In preliminary maps this was named Voice of America station, after the government-owned radio service located a block away. In recognition of the possibility that VOA might move or the radio service might change its name in the years to come, the Metro facility instead received a more generic name. The station opened on July 1, 1977. Its opening coincided with the completion of 11.8 miles (19.0 km) of rail between National Airport and RFK Stadium and the opening of the Arlington Cemetery, Capitol South, Crystal City, Eastern Market, Farragut West, Federal Triangle, Foggy Bottom–GWU, L'Enfant Plaza, McPherson Square, National Airport, Pentagon, Pentagon City, Potomac Avenue, Rosslyn, Smithsonian and Stadium–Armory stations. Orange Line service to the station began upon the line's opening on November 20, 1978. Silver Line service at Federal Center SW began on July 26, 2014.
|G||Street Level||Exit/ Entrance|
|M||Mezzanine||One-way faregates, ticket machines, station agent|
|Westbound||← Blue Line toward Franconia–Springfield (L'Enfant Plaza)
← Orange Line toward Vienna (L'Enfant Plaza)
← Silver Line toward Wiehle – Reston East (L'Enfant Plaza)
|Island platform, doors will open on the left|
|Eastbound||→ Blue Line toward Largo Town Center (Capitol South) →
→ Orange Line toward New Carrollton (Capitol South) →
→ Silver Line toward Largo Town Center (Capitol South) →
Notable places nearby
- National Air and Space Museum
- National Museum of the American Indian
- United States Botanic Garden
- Several federal government buildings, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Department of Health and Human Services, NASA, United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, Voice of America radio and television studios, and the Ford House Office Building.
- "Metrorail Average Weekday Passenger Boardings" (PDF). WMATA. Retrieved 2017-04-26.
- Feaver, Douglas B.; Feinstein, John (November 27, 1978), "That which we call Zoological Park would smell as sweet half mile away; What's in a Metro name?", The Washington Post, p. C4
- Feaver, Douglas B. (July 1, 1977), "Today, Metro could be U.S. model", The Washington Post, p. A1
- Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (July 2009). "Sequence of Metrorail openings" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on January 13, 2010. Retrieved July 25, 2010.
- Staff Reporters (June 24, 1977), "Metro's newest stations: Where they are, what's nearby", The Washington Post
- Eisen, Jack; Feinstein, John (November 18, 1978), "City-County fanfare opens Orange Line; Ceremonies open new Orange Line", The Washington Post, p. D1
- Halsey, Ashley (July 26, 2014). "All aboard! Metro's new Silver Line rolls down the tracks for the first time". The Washington Post. Retrieved July 8, 2016.
Media related to Federal Center SW (WMATA station) at Wikimedia Commons
- WMATA: Federal Center SW Station
- StationMasters Online: Federal Center SW Station
- The Schumin Web Transit Center: Federal Center SW Station
- 3rd Street entrance from Google Maps Street View