Metro Center station

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Metro Center
WMATA Metro Logo.svg WMATA Red.svg WMATA Blue.svg WMATA Orange.svg WMATA Silver.svg rapid transit station
Metro Center from Shady Grove side with train.jpg
Metro Center from Shady Grove side with train
Location607 13th Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
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
Owned byWMATA
Platforms2 side platforms (upper level)
1 island platform (lower level)
Tracks4 (2 upper level, 2 lower level)
ConnectionsBus transport Metrobus: 16C, 42, 54, 59, 63, 64, 80, A9, D6, G8, P6, S2, S4, 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
Structure typeunderground
Depth44 feet (13 m) Upper Level 64 feet (20 m) Lower Level
Platform levels7
Bicycle facilities8 racks
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station codeA01 (upper level)
C01 (lower level)
OpenedMarch 27, 1976; 43 years ago (March 27, 1976)
Passengers (2016)24,160 daily[1]Decrease 10.71%
Preceding station WMATA Metro Logo.svg Washington Metro Following station
Farragut North Red Line Gallery Place–Chinatown
toward Glenmont
McPherson Square
toward Vienna
Orange Line Federal Triangle
McPherson Square Blue Line Federal Triangle
McPherson Square Silver Line
Metro Center station is located in Central Washington, D.C.
Metro Center station

Metro Center is the central hub station of the Washington Metro rapid transit system in Washington, D.C. Metro Center was one of the original Metro stations, and has been in service since March 27, 1976.

Metro Center is on the Blue, Orange, Red, and Silver Lines, and is a transfer station between the Red Line and the already-joined Blue, Orange and Silver Lines.


Entrance pylon prior to the addition of the Silver Line

Metro Center is located in downtown Washington, under an area roughly extending east–west from 11th to 13th Streets Northwest, and north–south from F to H Streets Northwest. Its entrances are on G Street at 11th, 12th, and 13th Streets, and at the corner of 12th and F Streets. The station's only street elevator is on the east side of 12th Street north of G Street. It is the second busiest station in the Metrorail system after Union Station, averaging 30,500 passengers per weekday as of May 2006.[2]

A mural, "Scenes of Washington" by G. Byron Peck, is displayed at the 12th and G Street mezzanine.

The mezzanine (upper) level of the station contains side platforms for Red Line trains traveling towards Glenmont and towards Shady Grove. Orange Line, Silver Line, and Blue Line trains traveling in both directions share a center platform on the station's lower level.

The Grand Hyatt Washington is connected to Metro Center, as is downtown's only remaining department store, Macy's. During the mid-20th century, the area was the commercial heart of Washington, housing many department stores, theaters, offices, restaurants, and entertainment venues. Due to a combination of the racial disturbances associated with the 1968 riots, the opening of new suburban malls, and concentration of new commercial buildings near K StreetFarragut Square, the Metro Center area declined. It has been successfully redeveloped since. The Shops at National Place is an adjacent two-level dining/shopping complex.


The station is located so close to the Gallery Place station (which connects to the Yellow and Green Lines) that the lights of each station are visible to the other through the tunnel. Plans have long been in the works to add a pedestrian tunnel to connect Gallery Place–Chinatown with Metro Center and provide pedestrian access to all six Metro lines. The most recent major development was the completion of a "Gallery Place/Chinatown - Metro Center Pedestrian Passageway Tunnel Study" in July 2005.[3]

Station layout[edit]

G Street level Exit/entrance
B1 Mezzanine One-way faregates, ticket machines, station agent
Red Line platforms
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Westbound WMATA Red.svg toward Grosvenor or Shady Grove (Farragut North)
Eastbound WMATA Red.svg toward Silver Spring or Glenmont (Gallery Place)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Blue/Orange/Silver Line platforms
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, doors will open on the left
Eastbound WMATA Blue.svg and WMATA Silver.svg toward Largo Town Center (Federal Triangle)
WMATA Orange.svg toward New Carrollton (Federal Triangle)

Notable places nearby[edit]


  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. ^ 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. Retrieved March 6, 2009.

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