Metro Center station

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Metro Center
WMATA metro center crossvault.jpg
The crossed vaults at Metro Center station (2003)
General information
Location12 Street NW at G Street NW, Washington, D.C.
Coordinates38°53′54″N 77°01′41″W / 38.898303°N 77.028099°W / 38.898303; -77.028099Coordinates: 38°53′54″N 77°01′41″W / 38.898303°N 77.028099°W / 38.898303; -77.028099
Platforms2 side platforms (upper level)
1 island platform (lower level)
Tracks4 (2 upper level, 2 lower level)
ConnectionsBus transport Metrobus: 16C, 42, 43, 54, 59, 63, 64, 80, A9, D6, G8, P6, S2, X2, X9
Bus transport MTA Maryland Bus: 901, 902, 904, 905
Bus transport Loudoun County Transit
Bus transport PRTC OmniRide
Bus transport Ride Smart Northern Shenandoah Valley
Bicycle facilities8 racks
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station codeA01 (upper level)
C01 (lower level)
OpenedMarch 27, 1976 (March 27, 1976)
201624,160 daily[1]Decrease 10.71%
Preceding station WMATA Metro Logo.svg Washington Metro Following station
Farragut North Red Line Gallery Place
toward Glenmont
McPherson Square
toward Vienna
Orange Line Federal Triangle
McPherson Square Blue Line Federal Triangle
McPherson Square Silver Line

Metro Center station is the central hub station of the Washington Metro rapid transit system in Washington, D.C. The station is located in Downtown Washington, D.C., centered on the intersection of 12th Street NW and G Street NW. It is the second busiest station in the Metrorail system after Union Station, averaging 30,500 passengers per weekday as of May 2006.[2] The Red Line portion of Metro Center station opened on March 27, 1976, as part of the first section of the Metro system.

Station layout[edit]

Metro Center station is laid out in two underground levels in a cross shape centered on the intersection of 12th Street NW and G Street NW. The lower level runs north-south under 12th Street between F Street and H Street, with one island platform for the Orange Line, Silver Line, and Blue Line. The upper level runs east-west under G Street between 11th Street and 13th Street, with two side platforms for the Red Line, with wide corridors above the lower level platform and tracks. Mezzanines are located above the tracks at both ends of the upper platforms.

Entrances are located on G Street at 11th Street (southeast corner), 12th Street (northwest corner), and 13th Street (southeast corner); and at the southwest corner of 12th Street and F Street. Only the 12th Street and G Street entrance has a surface elevator.

G Street level Exit/entrance, buses
B1 Mezzanines Fare control, ticket machines, station agent
B2 Side platform
Westbound WMATA Red.svg toward Shady Grove (Farragut North)
Eastbound WMATA Red.svg toward Glenmont (Gallery Place)
Side platform
B3 Westbound WMATA Blue.svg toward Franconia–Springfield (McPherson Square)
WMATA Orange.svg toward Vienna (McPherson Square)
WMATA Silver.svg toward Wiehle–Reston East (McPherson Square)
Island platform
Eastbound WMATA Blue.svg WMATA Silver.svg toward Largo Town Center (Federal Triangle)
WMATA Orange.svg toward New Carrollton (Federal Triangle)
Panorama view


Station construction in 1973

Metro Center was one of the original 6 stations to open with the first section of the Red Line on March 27, 1976. The upper level with the Red Line opened on March 27, 1976 with the rest of the initial segment from Dupont Circle station to Rhode Island Avenue-Brentwood station. The lower level opened on July 1, 1977 with the initial segment of the Blue Line from Reagan National Airport to Stadium-Armory station. Orange Line service began on November 20, 1979 with the opening of the segment from Stadium-Armory to New Carrollton Station. Silver line service began on July 26, 2014 with the opening of the segment from East Falls Church to Wiehle-Reston East.[3]

A pedestrian tunnel to nearby Gallery Place–Chinatown station has been proposed to connect all six Metro lines within fare control. A study was published in July 2005.[4]

Between January 16 to January 21, 2021, this station was closed because of security concerns due to the 2021 Inauguration.[5]

In 1997, Lionel-Groulx station of the Montreal Metro underground subway system was redressed to stand in for Metro Center station in the Bruce Willis movie The Jackal.[6]


  1. ^ "Metrorail Average Weekday Passenger Boardings" (PDF). WMATA. Retrieved April 26, 2017.
  2. ^ "Request for Expressions of Interest for Operation of Retail Services in Metrorail Stations" (PDF). WMATA. February 16, 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 27, 2007.
  3. ^ Alberto, Cuadro; Denise, Lu (April 27, 2015). "How D.C. Metro grew over the years". The Washington Post. Retrieved August 3, 2020.
  4. ^ Parsons; KPG Design Studio; Basile Baumann Prost & Associates (July 2005). "Gallery Place/Chinatown - Metro Center Pedestrian Passageway Tunnel Study" (PDF). WMATA Office of Planning and Project Development. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 14, 2014.
  5. ^ "Metro announces Inauguration service plans, station closures | WMATA". Retrieved January 13, 2021.
  6. ^ "Le métro et les tournages" (PDF). STM. Retrieved January 11, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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