Shaw–Howard University station

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Shaw – Howard University
WMATA Metro Logo.svg WMATA Green.svg WMATA Yellow.svg rapid transit station
Shaw howard university.jpg
Location1701 8th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
Owned byWMATA
  • WMATA Green.svg
  • WMATA Yellow.svg
Platforms1 island platform
ConnectionsBus transport Metrobus: 70, 79, G8, G9
Structure typeUnderground
Bicycle facilities6 racks
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station codeE02
OpenedMay 11, 1991; 27 years ago (May 11, 1991)
Previous namesShaw
Passengers (2017)4,188 daily [1]Decrease 8.34%
Preceding station   WMATA Metro Logo.svg Washington Metro   Following station
Green Line
toward Greenbelt
toward Huntington
Yellow Line
Not on weekdays rush hours
toward Fort Totten

Shaw–Howard University is a Washington Metro station in Washington, D.C., on the Green Line. It is also served by the Yellow Line during off-peak times. The station primarily serves the Shaw neighborhood of Washington, which also contains Howard University.


Shaw–Howard University station is located within the neighborhood of the same name in the Northwest quadrant of the city, specifically on 7th Street between R and S Streets. It lies just outside the defined boundaries of the Shaw Historic District, which encompasses much the area to the southwest.[2]

Transit-oriented development[edit]

Like other stations along the stretch of the Green and Yellow Lines between Gallery Place and Fort Totten, Shaw has been revitalized by transit-oriented development, increasing economic development, residential density, and—controversially—accelerating the pace of gentrification.

Among other projects, Progression Place and CityMarket at O catalyzed development in the area in the early 2010s. The former occupies previously vacant land on the same block as the northern entrance to the station and contains 115,000 sq ft (10,700 m2) of office space (with the UNCF being the anchor tenant),[3] 205 apartments labelled as "7th Flats,"[4] and 19,000 sq ft (1,800 m2) of retail.[5]

CityMarket at O, located between 7th, 9th, O, and P Streets NW, renovated the long-neglected O Street Market and added 87,000 sq ft (8,100 m2) of retail and 629 residential units.[6]


Part of the original Metro plan, the station was initially referred to simply as "Shaw." It opened on May 11, 1991, as part of a northward extension of the Green Line from Gallery Place–Chinatown to U Street. The central route under 7th Street, below which the station sits, was only added in 1967 primarily to serve the "inner city."[7] Instead of opening in 1976, the first Green Line stations opened in 1991.[8] While a cut-and-fill tunnel for the Green Line was built under 7th Street and U Street, both street traffic and pedestrian access on those streets were difficult.[9] The result was the loss of the traditional retail businesses along the route. The downtown segment of the line was originally projected to open in September 1977.[10]

Station layout[edit]

Like most underground Metro stations, Shaw–Howard University station lies directly below street level, in this case underneath 7th Street. There are two entrances, one to the north at the corner of 7th and S Streets and the other to the south on R Street between 7th and 8th Streets.

G Street level Exit/entrance
M Mezzanine One-way faregates, ticket machines, station agent
Platform level
Southbound WMATA Green.svg toward Branch Avenue (Mount Vernon Square)
WMATA Yellow.svg toward Huntington (Mount Vernon Square)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Northbound WMATA Green.svg toward Greenbelt (U Street)
WMATA Yellow.svg (non-rush hours) toward Fort Totten (U Street)


  1. ^ "Metrorail Average Weekday Passenger Boardings" (PDF). WMATA. Retrieved August 29, 2018.
  2. ^ Shaw heritage trail Archived July 23, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. Shaw Main Streets Retrieved February 13, 2011
  3. ^ UNCF Headquarters Project DC Government Retrieved February 13, 2011
  4. ^ 7th Flats at Progression Place Progressive Place Retrieved February 13, 2011
  5. ^ The Shops at Progression Place Progression Place Retrieved February 13, 2011
  6. ^ CityMarket at O CityMarket at O Retrieved February 13, 2011
  7. ^ Schrag at p. 112.
  8. ^ Schrag at p. 213
  9. ^ Schrag at p. 217.
  10. ^ Schrag at p. 214.

External links[edit]

Media related to Shaw – Howard University (WMATA station) at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 38°54′47″N 77°01′20″W / 38.912919°N 77.022194°W / 38.912919; -77.022194