Union Station (Washington Metro)

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Union Station
WMATA Metro Logo.svg WMATA Red.svg rapid transit station
2010 02 24 - 2055 - Washington DC - Union Station.jpg
A Red Line train leaving the station
Location701 1st Street, NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
Coordinates38°53′52″N 77°00′24″W / 38.897723°N 77.006745°W / 38.897723; -77.006745Coordinates: 38°53′52″N 77°00′24″W / 38.897723°N 77.006745°W / 38.897723; -77.006745
Owned byWMATA
Platforms1 island platform
ConnectionsMainline rail interchange Amtrak, VRE, MARC
at Union Station
DC Streetcar DC Streetcar
at Union Station
Bus transport Metrobus: 80, 96, 97, D6, D8, X1, X2, X8, X9
Bus transport DC Circulator:
     GeorgetownUnion Station
     Congress HeightsUnion Station
     National Mall
Bus transport MTA Maryland Bus: 903, 922
Bus transport Loudoun County Transit
Bus transport PRTC OmniRide
Structure typeUnderground
Bicycle facilities23 racks
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station codeB03
OpenedMarch 27, 1976; 44 years ago (March 27, 1976)
Previous namesUnion Station–Visitor Center
Passengers (2017)29,197 daily[1]Increase 1.15%
Preceding station WMATA Metro Logo.svg Washington Metro Following station
Judiciary Square Red Line NoMa–Gallaudet U
toward Glenmont

Union Station is a Washington Metro station in Washington, D.C. on the Red Line. It has a single underground island platform.

The station is located in the Northeast quadrant of the city under the western end of Union Station, the main train station for Washington, where connections can be made to Amtrak intercity trains, as well as Virginia Railway Express and MARC commuter rail trains to suburbs in Virginia, Maryland, and West Virginia.

The station was originally named "Union Station–Visitor Center" but when the National Visitor Center there failed, it was renamed Union Station. One or two pylons still read "Union Station-Visitor Center", and a number of older stations still display this name on signage. Like the other original stations, Union Station sports coffered vaults of concrete in its ceiling.[2]

Service began on March 27, 1976 with the opening of the Red Line. It is the busiest station in the Metrorail system, averaging 29,197 passengers per weekday as of May 2017.[1] In March 2017, it was announced the station would be painted white at a cost of $75,000–$100,000.[3]

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Exit/Entrance, connection to MARC train.svgMARC, Virginia Railway ExpressVRE, AmtrakAmtrak, and DC Streetcar DC Streetcar
M Mezzanine One-way faregates, ticket machines, station agent
Platform level
Westbound WMATA Red.svg toward Grosvenor or Shady Grove (Judiciary Square)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Eastbound WMATA Red.svg toward Silver Spring or Glenmont (NoMa – Gallaudet U)

The station features an island platform with two exits, one mid-platform leading into the main part of the station and Massachusetts Avenue and the other at the northern end emptying onto 1st Street NE and to the main boarding concourse.

Notable places nearby[edit]



  1. ^ a b "Metrorail Average Weekday Passenger Boardings" (PDF). Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. May 2017. Retrieved July 31, 2018.
  2. ^ Construction: Tunnels
  3. ^ "Metro decision to paint Union Station vault rubs some the wrong way". Washington Post. Retrieved April 25, 2017.

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