Tenleytown–AU station

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Tenleytown–AU is a subway station on the Red Line of the Washington Metro in Washington, D.C. Located in the Upper Northwest neighborhood, it is the last station on the Red Line heading outbound wholly within the District of Columbia; the next stop, Friendship Heights, lies within both the District and the state of Maryland.

Tenleytown – AU
WMATA Metro Logo.svg WMATA Red.svg rapid transit station
Tenleytown-AU station.jpg
Location4501 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C.
Coordinates38°56′53.1″N 77°4′45.9″W / 38.948083°N 77.079417°W / 38.948083; -77.079417Coordinates: 38°56′53.1″N 77°4′45.9″W / 38.948083°N 77.079417°W / 38.948083; -77.079417
Owned byWMATA
Platforms1 island platform
ConnectionsBus transport Metrobus: 30N, 30S, 31, 33, 37, 96, D32, H2, H3, H4, M4, N2, W45, W47
Bus transport AU Shuttle
Structure typeUnderground
Depth162 feet (49 m)
Parking17 spaces (parking meters)
Bicycle facilities20 racks, 20 lockers
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station codeA07
OpenedAugust 25, 1984; 36 years ago (August 25, 1984)
Previous namesTenley Circle
20175,357 daily[1]Increase 2.12%
Preceding station WMATA Metro Logo.svg Washington Metro Following station
Friendship Heights Red Line Van Ness–UDC
toward Glenmont


Platform-level faregate

The southernmost station underneath the Wisconsin Avenue NW corridor, Tenleytown–AU station lies within the neighborhood of the same name in the Upper Northwest portion of the city. More specifically, it lies north of Tenley Circle, for which the area is named, below Wisconsin Avenue NW at its intersection with Albemarle Street NW. Nearby are several educational institutions, the most notable of which are: American University (AU, which is over one mile away from the station, albeit connected by a shuttle); Sidwell Friends School (famous for being the school of choice of presidential children); Woodrow Wilson High School; the high school of Georgetown Day School; and the affiliated National Cathedral School and St Albans Schools.[2] In addition, Fort Reno Park and the Washington National Cathedral are located close to the station.[2]


Originally to be called Tenley Circle, in February 1980 the Metro Board officially changed its name to Tenleytown.[3] The station opened on August 25, 1984.[4][5] Its opening coincided with the completion of 6.8 miles (10.9 km) of rail northwest of the Van Ness–UDC station and the opening of the Bethesda, Friendship Heights, Grosvenor and Medical Center stations.[4][5][6] In May 1989, although objected to by several community groups, the Metro Board officially changed its name to Tenleytown–AU due to its proximity to American University.[7] The $63,500 cost of changing the names on signs, pylons and maps throughout the system was paid for by the District government.[7]

Station layoutEdit

This station uses the four-coffer arch design found at most underground stations on the western side of the Red Line. Two entrances on either side of Wisconsin Avenue meet at an upper mezzanine, converging into a set of three long escalators that travel down to the fare control. An elevator adjacent to the eastern surface entrance travels down directly to the platform, with a single fare gate and ticket machine to access the platform proper.

G Street level Exit/entrance, buses
Upper mezzanine Escalator landing
M Mezzanine Fare gates, ticket machines, station agent
Platform level
Westbound   toward Grosvenor–Strathmore or Shady Grove (Friendship Heights)
Island platform
Eastbound   toward Silver Spring or Glenmont (Van Ness–UDC)


  1. ^ "Metrorail Average Weekday Passenger Boardings" (PDF). WMATA. May 2017. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Tenleytown–AU Station Vicinity Map" (PDF). WMATA. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  3. ^ Staff Reporters (February 15, 1980). "Metro station to be named Tenleytown". The Washington Post. p. A6.
  4. ^ a b Staff Reporters (August 25, 1984). "Red Line adds 6.8 miles; Opening ceremony for new segment set for today at Friendship Heights". The Washington Post. p. B1.
  5. ^ a b Brisbane, Arthur S. (August 26, 1984). "All aboard; Metro festivities welcome latest Red Line extension". The Washington Post. p. A1.
  6. ^ "Sequence of Metrorail openings" (PDF). Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. 2017. p. 3. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  7. ^ a b Staff Reporters (May 12, 1989). "Metro names change". The Washington Post. p. C4.

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