Medical Center station (Washington Metro)

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Medical Center
WMATA Metro Logo.svg WMATA Red.svg rapid transit station
Medical center.jpg
Location 8810 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20814
Coordinates 38°59′57″N 77°05′52″W / 38.999067°N 77.097676°W / 38.999067; -77.097676Coordinates: 38°59′57″N 77°05′52″W / 38.999067°N 77.097676°W / 38.999067; -77.097676
Owned by WMATA
Line(s) WMATA Red.svg
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 2
Connections Bus transport Ride On: 30, 33, 34, 46, 70, 101
Bus transport Metrobus: J1, J2
Bus transport NIH Bethesda Shuttles
Bus transport Navy Medical Center Shuttle
Construction
Structure type Underground
Depth 200 feet (61 m)
Bicycle facilities 88 racks, 38 lockers
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code A10
History
Opened August 25, 1984; 34 years ago (August 25, 1984)
Traffic
Passengers (2017) 5,300 daily [1]Decrease 3.07%
Services
Preceding station   WMATA Metro Logo.svg Washington Metro   Following station
toward Shady Grove
Red Line
toward Glenmont

Medical Center is an island platformed Washington Metro station in Bethesda, Maryland, United States. The station was opened on August 25, 1984, and is operated by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). Providing service for the Red Line, the station serves the National Institutes of Health campus and the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and is located at Rockville Pike and South Drive. Since there is little retail in the area and no commuter parking lot, this station is used almost exclusively by employees and visitors to those two institutions.[citation needed]

The station opened on August 25, 1984.[2][3] Its opening coincided with the completion of 6.8 miles (10.9 km) of rail northwest of the Van Ness–UDC station and the opening of the Bethesda, Friendship Heights, Grosvenor and Tenleytown stations.[2][3][4]

In September 2009, Montgomery County submitted a $20 million federal grant application to build a pedestrian tunnel under Rockville Pike to improve access to the Medical Center stop from Walter Reed Medical Center. Currently, there is only a crosswalk here, with many passengers crossing the heavily travelled street from Walter Reed on the east side of MD 355 to get to the station on the west side. Construction would have originally occurred in 2011,[5] but the project was not approved until 2013.[6] The project is fully funded at $68 million, mostly through the Department of Defense, and includes installation of new deep elevators, improvement of surface bicycle and pedestrian facilities, as well as an extension of the left turn lane on southbound MD 355. The project began construction in December 2017, and is expected to be completed in late 2021.[7][8]

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Exit/ Entrance
M Mezzanine One-way faregates, ticket machines, station agent
P
Platform level
Westbound WMATA Red.svg toward Grosvenor or Shady Grove (Grosvenor–Strathmore)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Eastbound WMATA Red.svg toward Silver Spring or Glenmont (Bethesda)

Like most stations on the Red Line's western segment, Medical Center is very deep: its platform is located 202 feet below street level. Unlike most other Red Line stations, the escalator bank emerges above ground outside, rather than in a subterranean landing.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Metrorail Average Weekday Passenger Boardings" (PDF). Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. May 2017. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Staff Reporters (August 25, 1984), "Red Line adds 6.8 miles; Opening ceremony for new segment set for today at Friendship Heights", The Washington Post, p. B1
  3. ^ a b Brisbane, Arthur S. (August 26, 1984), "All aboard; Metro festivities welcome latest Red Line extension", The Washington Post, p. A1
  4. ^ "Sequence of Metrorail openings" (PDF). Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. 2017. p. 3. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  5. ^ Ujifusa, Andrew (September 16, 2009). "County proposes underpass for Medical Center Metro station". Montgomery County Gazette. Retrieved December 10, 2010.
  6. ^ "Medical Center Metro Crossing Project". Montgomery County Government. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  7. ^ Martinez, Julio (January 11, 2018). "Tunnel to be Built for Pedestrian Use". DC Military. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  8. ^ Brooks, Jeremy (January 11, 2018). "Progress to Continue on MD 355 Crossing Project through 2018". DC Military. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  9. ^ Johnson, Matt (July 8, 2014). "What are the 10 longest Metro escalators?". Greater Greater Washington. Retrieved February 11, 2018.

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