Union Station (Washington Metro)
|Washington Metro rapid transit station|
|Location||701 1st Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
|Platforms||1 island platform|
|Connections|| Amtrak, VRE, MARC via Union Station
Metrobus: 13Y, 80, 96, 97, D6, D8, X8
MTA Maryland Bus: 903, 922
Loudoun County Transit
|Bicycle facilities||23 racks|
|Opened||March 27, 1976|
|Previous names||Union Station–Visitor Center|
|Passengers (2016)||28,864 daily  7.45%|
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.
Service began on March 27, 1976 with the opening of the Red Line. It is the busiest station in the Metrorail system, averaging 28,864 passengers per weekday as of May 2016. In March of 2017, it was announced the station would be painted white at a cost of $75,000-$100,000.
|G||Street Level||Exit/Entrance, connection to MARC, VRE, Amtrak, and DC Streetcar|
|M||Mezzanine||One-way faregates, ticket machines, station agent|
|Westbound||← Red Line toward Shady Grove (Judiciary Square)|
|Island platform, doors will open on the left|
|Eastbound||→ Red Line toward Glenmont (NoMa – Gallaudet University) →|
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
- Capitol Hill
- Capitol Police Headquarters
- CNN Washington Bureau
- Columbus Circle
- Dirksen Senate Office Building
- Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
- Folger Shakespeare Library
- Georgetown University Law Center
- Gonzaga College High School
- Government Printing Office
- Hall of the States
- Hart Senate Office Building
- Heritage Foundation
- Hillsdale College's Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship
- Japanese-American Memorial
- National Guard Memorial
- National Postal Museum
- Russell Senate Office Building
- Securities and Exchange Commission
- Supreme Court of the United States
- Sursum Corda Cooperative
- Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building
- Union Station
- United States Capitol
- Washington, D.C. bus terminal
- "Metrorail Average Weekday Passenger Boardings" (PDF). WMATA. Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
- Construction: Tunnels
- "Metrorail Average Weekday Passenger Boardings" (PDF). Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. 2016. Retrieved February 7, 2017.
- "Metro decision to paint Union Station vault rubs some the wrong way". Washington Post. Retrieved 2017-04-25.
- WMATA: Union Station
- StationMasters Online: Union Station
- 1st Street entrance from Google Maps Street View
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