Federal Center SW station

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WMATA Metro Logo.svg Federal Center SW Blue Line Orange Line Silver Line
Federal Center SW station.jpg
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
Tracks 2
Connections Bus transport Metrobus: 30N, 30S, 32, 34, 36, 39, P6, P17, P19, W13
Bus transport MTA Maryland Commuter Bus
Structure type Underground
Bicycle facilities 2 racks
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code D04
Opened July 1, 1977; 39 years ago (July 1, 1977)
Passengers (2016) 5,297 daily [1]Decrease 1.41%
Preceding station   WMATA Metro Logo.svg Washington Metro   Following station
Blue Line
toward Vienna
Orange Line
Silver Line

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.[2] 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.[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, 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.[5] Orange Line service to the station began upon the line's opening on November 20, 1978.[6] Silver Line service at Federal Center SW began on July 26, 2014.[7]

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Exit/ Entrance
M Mezzanine One-way faregates, ticket machines, station agent
Platform level
Westbound Blue Line Blue Line toward Franconia–Springfield (L'Enfant Plaza)
Orange Line Orange Line toward Vienna (L'Enfant Plaza)
Silver Line Silver Line toward Wiehle – Reston East (L'Enfant Plaza)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Eastbound Blue Line Blue Line toward Largo Town Center (Capitol South)
Orange Line Orange Line toward New Carrollton (Capitol South)
Silver Line Silver Line toward Largo Town Center (Capitol South)

Notable places nearby[edit]


  1. ^ "Metrorail Average Weekday Passenger Boardings" (PDF). WMATA. Retrieved 2017-04-26. 
  2. ^ a b 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 
  3. ^ Feaver, Douglas B. (July 1, 1977), "Today, Metro could be U.S. model", The Washington Post, p. A1 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ Staff Reporters (June 24, 1977), "Metro's newest stations: Where they are, what's nearby", The Washington Post 
  6. ^ Eisen, Jack; Feinstein, John (November 18, 1978), "City-County fanfare opens Orange Line; Ceremonies open new Orange Line", The Washington Post, p. D1 
  7. ^ 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. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Federal Center SW (WMATA station) at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 38°53′06″N 77°00′56″W / 38.88499°N 77.01558°W / 38.88499; -77.01558