Van Ness–UDC station

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WMATA Metro Logo.svg Van Ness–UDC Red Line
Washington Metro rapid transit station
Van Ness-UDC Station.jpg
The Van Ness–UDC station in June 2004
Location 4200 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20008
Coordinates 38°56′40.4″N 77°3′48.7″W / 38.944556°N 77.063528°W / 38.944556; -77.063528Coordinates: 38°56′40.4″N 77°3′48.7″W / 38.944556°N 77.063528°W / 38.944556; -77.063528
Owned by WMATA
Line(s) Red Line Red Line
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 2
Connections Bus transport Metrobus: H2, L1, L2, W45, W47
Structure type Underground (rock tunnel)
Bicycle facilities 9 racks, 8 lockers
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code A06
Opened December 5, 1981; 36 years ago (December 5, 1981)
Passengers (2016) 5,286 daily [1]Decrease 15.64%
Preceding station   WMATA Metro Logo.svg Washington Metro   Following station
toward Shady Grove
Red Line
toward Glenmont

Van Ness–UDC is an island platformed Washington Metro station serving the Forest Hills and North Cleveland Park neighborhoods of Washington, D.C., United States. The station was opened on December 5, 1981, and is operated by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). Providing service for the Red Line, the station is on the 4200 block of Connecticut Avenue Northwest, with exits on either side of Connecticut Avenue. The station is also close to the University of the District of Columbia (UDC), as well as to both Howard University School of Law and the Edmund Burke School. Other attractions are easily reachable from the station because of its position at the intersection of Veazey Street and Connecticut Avenue.[2]


Van Ness–UDC station is the northernmost station in the tunnel beneath Connecticut Avenue, one of Washington's busiest thoroughfares. After northbound trains leave the station, the tunnel shifts westwards underneath Yuma Street[2] and at the next station, Tenleytown–AU, the tunnel then parallels the route of Wisconsin Avenue into Maryland.

Notable places nearby[edit]


The station opened on December 5, 1981.[3][4] Its opening coincided with the completion of 2.1 miles (3.4 km) of rail northwest of the Dupont Circle station and the opening of the Cleveland Park and Woodley Park stations.[3][4][5] It would serve as the northwestern terminus of the Red Line until the opening of an extension to the then-named Grosvenor station on August 25, 1984.[6]

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Exit/ Entrance
M Mezzanine One-way faregates, ticket machines, station agent
Platform level
Westbound Red Line Red Line toward Shady Grove (Tenleytown–AU)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Eastbound Red Line Red Line toward Glenmont (Cleveland Park)

Architecturally, Van Ness–UDC is similar to other stations along the underground stretch of the Red Line between Woodley Park and Medical Center. Because of the high cost of the waffle design and the relative large depth of these stations, pre-fabricated concrete segments were shipped to the construction site and placed together to form the structure of the station.[3] This resulted in what is now known as the "Arch I" station design of the Washington Metro.[7]


  1. ^ "Metrorail Average Weekday Passenger Boardings" (PDF). WMATA. Retrieved 2017-04-26. 
  2. ^ a b Wayne Whitehorne (January 17, 2009). "The Red Line". Retrieved August 1, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c Burgess, John (December 4, 1981), "The new northwest passage; 3 more stops on the Red Line...", The Washington Post, p. B1 
  4. ^ a b Burgess, John (December 5, 1981), "3 Metro stations opening today", The Washington Post, p. B7 
  5. ^ Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (July 2009). "Sequence of Metrorail openings" (PDF). Retrieved August 1, 2010. 
  6. ^ Brisbane, Arthur S. (August 26, 1984), "All aboard; Metro festivities welcome latest Red Line extension", The Washington Post, p. A1 
  7. ^ Washington, D.C. Metro by NYC Subway

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