Metro Center station
|Washington Metro rapid transit station|
|Location||607 13th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
|Platforms||2 side platforms (upper level)
1 island platform (lower level)
|Tracks||4 (2 upper level, 2 lower level)|
|Connections|| Metrobus: 42, 52, 54, 63, 64, 80, D1, D3, D6, G8, P6, P17, P19, S2, S4, W13, X2, X9
MTA Maryland Bus:901, 902, 904, 905
Loudoun County Transit
|Bicycle facilities||8 racks|
|Station code||A01 (upper level)
C01 (lower level)
|Opened||March 27, 1976|
|Passengers (2014)||27,883 daily  0.56%|
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 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[update].
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.
A Metro sales office is located on the mezzanine level of the station on the platform for Glenmont-bound Red Line trains, near the 12th and F Street entrance. 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 building near K Street–Farragut Square, the Metro Center area declined. It later successfully revived. The Shops at National Place is an adjacent two-level dining/shopping complex. It has been said that starting around Columbus Day 2014, the G and 12th Street entrance will be closed for approximately 29 weeks for an escalator replacement.
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 six different Metro lines. The most recent major development was the completion of a "Gallery Place/Chinatown - Metro Center Pedestrian Passageway Tunnel Study" in July 2005.
|G||Street Level||Exit/ Entrance|
|M||Mezzanine||One-way faregates, ticket machines, station agent|
Upper platform level
|Side platform, doors will open on the right|
|Westbound||← Red Line toward Shady Grove (Farragut North)|
|Eastbound||→ Red Line toward Glenmont (Gallery Place) →|
|Side platform, doors will open on the right|
Lower platform level
|Westbound||← Blue Line toward Franconia–Springfield (McPherson Square)
← Orange Line toward Vienna (McPherson Square)
← Silver Line toward Wiehle–Reston East (McPherson Square)
|Island platform, doors will open on the left|
|Eastbound||→ Blue Line toward Largo Town Center (Federal Triangle) →
→ Orange Line toward New Carrollton (Federal Triangle) →
→ Silver Line toward Largo Town Center (Federal Triangle) →
Notable places nearby
- Ford's Theater
- Inter-American Development Bank
- National Museum of Women in the Arts
- National Press Club Building
- New York Avenue Presbyterian Church
- Treasury Building
- Warner Theatre
- "Metrorail Average Weekday Passenger Boardings" (PDF). WMATA. Retrieved 2014-11-04.
- "Request for Expressions of Interest for Operation of Retail Services in Metrorail Stations" (PDF). WMATA. February 16, 2007.
- 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 2009-03-06.
- Media related to Metro Center (WMATA station) at Wikimedia Commons
- WMATA: Metro Center
- G Street and 13th Street entrance from Google Maps Street View
- G Street and 12th Street entrance from Google Maps Street View
- G Street and 11th Street entrance from Google Maps Street View
- F Street and 12th Street entrance from Google Maps Street View