Rhode Island Avenue–Brentwood station

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Rhode Island Avenue
WMATA Metro Logo.svg WMATA Red.svg rapid transit station
Rhode Island Ave-Brentwood Station.jpg
Station platform with the United States Capitol seen from a distance.
Location919 Rhode Island Avenue, NE
Washington, D.C.
Coordinates38°55′15″N 76°59′46″W / 38.920741°N 76.995984°W / 38.920741; -76.995984Coordinates: 38°55′15″N 76°59′46″W / 38.920741°N 76.995984°W / 38.920741; -76.995984
Owned byWMATA
Platforms1 island platform
ConnectionsBus transport Metrobus: 83, 86, B8, B9, D8, G8, G9, H8, H9, P6, S41, T14, T18
Bike transport Metropolitan Branch Trail
Structure typeElevated
Parking221 spaces
Bicycle facilities12 racks
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station codeB04
OpenedMarch 27, 1976; 43 years ago (March 27, 1976)
Previous namesRhode Island Avenue (1976–2004)
Passengers (2017)5,345 daily[1]Decrease 3.73%
Preceding station WMATA Metro Logo.svg Washington Metro Following station
NoMa–Gallaudet U Red Line Brookland–CUA
toward Glenmont

Rhode Island Avenue (also known as Rhode Island Avenue–Brentwood) is a Washington Metro station in Washington, D.C. on the Red Line. The station is located in the Brentwood neighborhood of Northeast, Washington, D.C., on an elevated platform crossing Rhode Island Avenue N.E. (U.S. Route 1).

The official/ main entrance of the Rhode Island Avenue Metro Station; however, is located on Washington Place N.E., just south off the intersection of Rhode Island Avenue N.E. (U.S. Route 1). The Rhode Island Avenue Metro Station is stated to have the highest elevation of any station in the Metro system. The Rhode Island Avenue Metro Station platform features a direct view of the U.S. Capitol Building and WMATA's Brentwood Rail Yard south of the station platform, as well as views of the major United States Postal Service Facility in Brentwood, D.C., southeast of the station platform, McKinley Tech High School and the District of Columbia school bus lot in the Eckington neighborhood, southwest of the station platform, the Rhode Island Avenue Shopping Center, west of the station platform on Rhode Island Avenue N.E. (U.S. Route 1), the Rhode Island Place Shopping Center, east of the station platform, and the Edgewood Terrace Apartment Complex and the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Building, north of the station platform.


Rhode Island Avenue station in 1976

Service began on March 27, 1976 as one of the first stations in the system, opening as the eastern terminus of the Red Line.[2] From the time the station opened on March 27, 1976 all the way up until November 20, 2004, the station was originally just named, "Rhode Island Avenue". However; on November 20, 2004, during exactly the same time WMATA opened its brand new "New York Avenue - Florida Avenue - Galludet University" Metrorail Station in between the Rhode Island Avenue Metro Station & Union Station, the "Rhode Island Avenue" Metro Station, was officially renamed, "Rhode Island Avenue - Brentwood" in recognition of the Brentwood neighborhood in Northeast Washington D.C., which the station is located in. However; this particular name change of the Rhode Island Avenue Metro Station, was only initially reflected on WMATA's Metrorail Rider Guides, System Maps, and on most of WMATA's newer/ updated Metrobus Schedules for each of the Metrobus Routes that served the Rhode Island Avenue Metro Station. The pylons and station signage, on the other hand, did not officially reflect the new name change of the station, until they were eventually replaced with brand new pylons and station signage during July/August, 2005.

In May 2018, Metro announced an extensive renovation of platforms at twenty stations across the system. The platforms at the Rhode Island Avenue–Brentwood station would be rebuilt starting in September 2020.[3]

Station layout[edit]

Platform level
Westbound WMATA Red.svg toward Grosvenor or Shady Grove (NoMa – Gallaudet U)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Eastbound WMATA Red.svg toward Silver Spring or Glenmont (Brookland – CUA)
M Mezzanine One-way faregates, ticket machines, station agent
G Street level Exit/entrance


  1. ^ "Metrorail Average Weekday Passenger Boardings" (PDF). WMATA. Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. Retrieved July 31, 2018.
  2. ^ "METRO HISTORY" (PDF). WMATA. Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  3. ^ "Metro wants to rebuild 20 station platforms over three years, creating SafeTrack-like disruptions". Washington Post. May 7, 2018. Retrieved February 19, 2019.

External links[edit]

Media related to Rhode Island Avenue – Brentwood (WMATA station) at Wikimedia Commons