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Union Station (Washington Metro)

Union Station
Washington Metro rapid transit station
Location 701 1st Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
Owned by WMATA
Line(s) Red Line
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 2
Connections Railway line Amtrak, VRE, MARC via Union Station
Bus transport Metrobus: 80, 96, 97, 13Y, D3, D6, D8, X8
Bus transport DC Circulator
Bus transport MTA Maryland Bus: 903, 922
Bus transport Loudoun County Transit
Bus transport PRTC OmniRide
Structure type Underground
Bicycle facilities 23 racks
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code B03
Opened March 27, 1976 (March 27, 1976)
Previous names Union Station–Visitor Center
Passengers (2014) 32,465 daily [1] 1.55% (Metro)
Preceding station   Washington Metro   Following station
toward Shady Grove
Red Line
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.

An old "Union Station-Visitor Center" sign on the station platform

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 32,745 passengers per weekday as of May 2010.[3]


  • Station layout 1
  • Notable places nearby 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Station layout

G Street Level Exit/ Entrance
M Mezzanine One-way faregates, ticket machines, station agent
Platform level
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


  1. ^ "Metrorail Average Weekday Passenger Boardings" (PDF). WMATA. Retrieved 2015-05-03. 
  2. ^ Construction: Tunnels
  3. ^ "Metro Media Guide" (PDF). Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. 2010. Retrieved July 14, 2011. 

External links

  • WMATA: Union Station
  • StationMasters Online: Union Station
  • The Schumin Web Transit Center: Union Station
  • 1st Street entrance from Google Maps Street View
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