Van Ness–UDC station

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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 Terrace and Connecticut Avenue.[2]

Van Ness – UDC
WMATA Metro Logo.svg WMATA Red.svg rapid transit station
Van Ness-UDC Station.jpg
The Van Ness–UDC station in June 2004
Location4200 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C.
Coordinates38°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 byWMATA
Platforms1 island platform
ConnectionsBus transport Metrobus: H2, L1, L2, W45, W47
Structure typeUnderground
Depth90 feet (27 m)
Bicycle facilities9 racks, 8 lockers
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station codeA06
OpenedDecember 5, 1981; 38 years ago (December 5, 1981)
20175,557 daily[1]Increase 5.13%
Preceding station WMATA Metro Logo.svg Washington Metro Following station
Tenleytown–AU Red Line Cleveland Park
toward Glenmont


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 nearbyEdit


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 layoutEdit

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 four-coffer 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]

Access to the station is provided by banks of escalators on either side of Connecticut Avenue, north of Veazey Terrace, which meet in an upper mezzanine and connect to a set of three long escalators to reach fare control. An elevator on the southwest corner of the intersection connects directly to the main mezzanine.

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 (Tenleytown–AU)
Island platform
Eastbound   toward Silver Spring or Glenmont (Cleveland Park)


  1. ^ "Metrorail Average Weekday Passenger Boardings" (PDF). WMATA. Retrieved July 31, 2018.
  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. ^ "Sequence of Metrorail openings" (PDF). WMATA. 2017. p. 3. Retrieved July 23, 2018.
  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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