Foggy Bottom–GWU station

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WMATA Metro Logo.svg Foggy Bottom–GWU Blue Line Orange Line Silver Line
Foggy Bottom station platform.jpg
Location 2301 I Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037
Coordinates 38°54′03″N 77°03′02″W / 38.900842°N 77.050426°W / 38.900842; -77.050426Coordinates: 38°54′03″N 77°03′02″W / 38.900842°N 77.050426°W / 38.900842; -77.050426
Owned by WMATA
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 2
Connections Bus transport Metrobus: 30N, 30S, 31, 32, 33, 36, 38B, 39, 80, H1, L1, X1
Bus transport DC Circulator
Bus transport MTA Maryland Bus: 901, 909, 950
Bus transport Kennedy Center Shuttle
Structure type Underground
Bicycle facilities 10 racks, 20 lockers
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code C04
Opened July 1, 1977; 39 years ago (July 1, 1977)
Passengers (2016) 18,862 daily [1]Decrease 12.11%
Preceding station   WMATA Metro Logo.svg Washington Metro   Following station
Blue Line
toward Vienna
Orange Line
Silver Line

Foggy Bottom–GWU Station is an island platformed Washington Metro station in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood of 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 on I Street on the George Washington University (GWU) campus. It is the last westbound station in the District of Columbia on these lines before they dive under the Potomac River to Virginia.


The station opened on July 1, 1977.[2] Its opening coincided with the completion of 11.8 miles (19.0 km)[3] of rail between National Airport and RFK Stadium and the opening of the Arlington Cemetery, Capitol South, Crystal City, Eastern Market, Farragut West, Federal Center SW, Federal Triangle, L'Enfant Plaza, McPherson Square, National Airport, Pentagon, Pentagon City, Potomac Avenue, Rosslyn, Smithsonian and Stadium–Armory stations.[4] Orange Line service to the station began upon the line's opening on November 20, 1978.[5]

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Exit/ Entrance
M Mezzanine One-way faregates, ticket machines, station agent
Platform level
Westbound C2 Blue Line Blue Line toward Franconia–Springfield (Rosslyn)
Orange Line Orange Line toward Vienna (Rosslyn)
Silver Line Silver Line toward Wiehle–Reston East (Rosslyn)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Eastbound C1 Blue Line Blue Line toward Largo Town Center (Farragut West)
Orange Line Orange Line toward New Carrollton (Farragut West)
Silver Line Silver Line toward Largo Town Center (Farragut West)

Foggy Bottom–GWU uses a simple island platform layout: one platform with a track on each side. Track C1 carries eastbound trains to New Carrollton and Largo Town Center whilst track C2 is used by westbound trains to Vienna and Franconia–Springfield.[6] As with all stations on the Metro, there are platform edge lights to warn passengers of incoming trains. In 2008, the WMATA installed red-colored LED lights at Foggy Bottom–GWU and other busy stations after a successful pilot at Gallery Place.[7] There is a twenty-two coffer "waffle vault" ceiling at Foggy Bottom–GWU as it was one of the first stations to be built in the system; later underground stations abandoned this design for a simpler concrete arch.

There is a single mezzanine located at the centre of the platform.[8] Escalators from here allow passengers to descend to platform level or to the sole entrance and exit of the station at the northwestern corner of I and 23rd Streets.[9] A total of two elevators and six escalators (three between the street and mezzanine and three between the mezzanine and platform) are currently in use at the station.[10]


Foggy Bottom–GWU serves the neighborhood of Foggy Bottom and the campus of The George Washington University there. It is also the nearest station to the Georgetown neighborhood. The station is located at 23rd and I streets in Northwest, just south of Washington Circle, and at the front entrance to the George Washington University Hospital. Service began on July 1, 1977. The World Bank is located one block south and eight blocks east at Pennsylvania Avenue and 18th Street and The Watergate is slightly more than .75 miles (1.2 km) southwest of the station.[9] Slightly south of The Watergate is the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.[9]

Notable places nearby[edit]


  1. ^ "Metrorail Average Weekday Passenger Boardings" (PDF). WMATA. Retrieved 2017-04-26. 
  2. ^ Feaver, Douglas B. (July 1, 1977), "Today, Metro could be U.S. model", The Washington Post, p. A1 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ Staff Reporters (June 24, 1977), "Metro's newest stations: Where they are, what's nearby", The Washington Post 
  5. ^ Eisen, Jack; John Feinstein (November 18, 1978), "City-County fanfare opens Orange Line; Ceremonies open new Orange Line", The Washington Post, p. D1 
  6. ^ John R Cambron track maps John R Cambron Retrieved 2008-09-11
  7. ^ Metro installing more red platform edge lights WMATA Retrieved 2008-09-18
  8. ^ Blue line NYCSubway Retrieved 2008-09-18
  9. ^ a b c Foggy Bottom-GWU evacuation map WMATA Retrieved 2008-09-18
  10. ^ Foggy Bottom-GWU elevator and escalator status WMATA Retrieved 2008-09-18

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