Shaw–Howard University station

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WMATA Metro Logo.svg Shaw
Howard University Green Line Yellow Line
Shaw howard university.jpg
Location 1701 8th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
Owned by WMATA
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 2
Connections Bus transport Metrobus: 70, 79, G8, G9
Structure type Underground
Bicycle facilities 6 racks
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code E02
Opened May 11, 1991; 26 years ago (May 11, 1991)
Previous names Shaw
Passengers (2016) 4,569 daily [1]Decrease 10.18%
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]

While other stations along the stretch of the Green and Yellow Lines between Gallery Place and Fort Totten have been successful in revitalizing formerly run-down neighborhoods and accelerating the pace of gentrification, Shaw has been stagnant in comparison to other stations such as U Street or Columbia Heights.

Two main projects are expected to catalyze development in the area, mainly Progression Place and CityMarket at O. The former, which will occupy the vacant land on the same block as the northern entrance, is expected to contain 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 at the intersection of 7th and O Streets, is planned to renovate the long-neglected O Street Market and add 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]

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

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.


  1. ^ "Metrorail Average Weekday Passenger Boardings" (PDF). WMATA. Retrieved 2017-04-26. 
  2. ^ Shaw heritage trail Shaw Main Streets Retrieved 2011-02-13
  3. ^ UNCF Headquarters Project DC Government Retrieved 2011-02-13
  4. ^ 7th Flats at Progression Place Progressive Place Retrieved 2011-02-13
  5. ^ The Shops at Progression Place Progression Place Retrieved 2011-02-13
  6. ^ CityMarket at O CityMarket at O Retrieved 2011-02-13
  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