Foggy Bottom-GWU Station
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Foggy Bottom%E2%80%93GWU Station

Foggy Bottom-GWU
Kennedy Center
WMATA Metro Logo.svg WMATA Blue.svg WMATA Orange.svg WMATA Silver.svg rapid transit station
Foggy Bottom station platform.jpg
Location2301 I Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20037
Coordinates38°54?03?N 77°03?02?W / 38.900842°N 77.050426°W / 38.900842; -77.050426Coordinates: 38°54?03?N 77°03?02?W / 38.900842°N 77.050426°W / 38.900842; -77.050426
Owned byWMATA
Platforms1 island platform
ConnectionsBus transportMetrobus: 30N, 30S, 31, 32, 33, 36, 38B, 39, 80, H1, L1, X1
Bus transportDC Circulator
Bus transportMTA Maryland Bus: 901, 909, 950
Bus transportKennedy Center Shuttle
Structure typeUnderground
Bicycle facilities10 racks, 20 lockers
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station codeC04
OpenedJuly 1, 1977; 42 years ago (July 1, 1977)
Passengers (2017)17,666 daily[1]Decrease 6.34%

Foggy Bottom-GWU station is an island platformed Washington Metro station in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood of Washington, D.C., United States. The station was opened on July 1, 1977, and is operated by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). Providing service for the Blue, Silver, and Orange Lines, the station is located on I Street on the George Washington University (GWU) campus. It is the last westbound station in the District of Columbia on these lines before they dive under the Potomac River to Virginia.


The station opened on July 1, 1977.[2] Its opening coincided with the completion of 11.8 miles (19.0 km)[3] of rail between National Airport and RFK Stadium and the opening of the Arlington Cemetery, Capitol South, Crystal City, Eastern Market, Federal Center SW, Federal Triangle, L'Enfant Plaza, McPherson Square, National Airport, Pentagon, Pentagon City, Potomac Avenue, Rosslyn, Smithsonian and Stadium-Armory stations.[4] Orange Line service to the station began upon the line's opening on November 20, 1978.[5]

Station layout

Foggy Bottom-GWU uses a simple island platform layout: one platform with a track on each side. Track C1 carries eastbound trains to New Carrollton and Largo Town Center whilst track C2 is used by westbound trains to Vienna and Franconia-Springfield.[6] As with all stations on the Metro, there are platform edge lights to warn passengers of incoming trains. In 2008, the WMATA installed red-colored LED lights at Foggy Bottom-GWU and other busy stations after a successful pilot at Gallery Place.[7] There is a twenty-two coffer "waffle vault" ceiling at Foggy Bottom-GWU as it was one of the first stations to be built in the system; later underground stations abandoned this design for a simpler concrete arch.

There is a single mezzanine located at the centre of the platform.[8] Escalators from here allow passengers to descend to platform level or to the sole entrance and exit of the station at the northwestern corner of I and 23rd Streets.[9] A total of two elevators and six escalators (three between the street and mezzanine and three between the mezzanine and platform) are currently in use at the station.[10]

G Street level Exit/entrance
M Mezzanine One-way faregates, ticket machines, station agent
Platform level
Westbound WMATA Blue.svg toward Franconia-Springfield (Rosslyn)
WMATA Orange.svg toward Vienna (Rosslyn)
WMATA Silver.svg toward Wiehle-Reston East (Rosslyn)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Eastbound -> WMATA Blue.svg and WMATA Silver.svg toward Largo Town Center (Farragut West) ->
-> WMATA Orange.svg toward New Carrollton (Farragut West) ->


Foggy Bottom-GWU serves the neighborhood of Foggy Bottom and the campus of The George Washington University. It is also the nearest station to the Georgetown neighborhood. The station is located at 23rd and I streets in Northwest, just south of Washington Circle, and at the front entrance to the George Washington University Hospital. Service began on July 1, 1977. The World Bank is located one block south and eight blocks east at Pennsylvania Avenue and 18th Street and The Watergate is slightly more than .75 miles (1.2 km) southwest of the station.[9] Slightly south of The Watergate is the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.[9]

Notable places nearby


  1. ^ "Metrorail Average Weekday Passenger Boardings" (PDF). WMATA. May 2017. Retrieved 2018.
  2. ^ Feaver, Douglas B. (July 1, 1977), "Today, Metro could be U.S. model", The Washington Post, p. A1
  3. ^ "Sequence of Metrorail openings" (PDF). WMATA. 2017. p. 3. Retrieved 2018.
  4. ^ "Metro's newest stations: Where they are, what's nearby", The Washington Post, June 24, 1977
  5. ^ Eisen, Jack; John Feinstein (November 18, 1978), "City-County fanfare opens Orange Line; Ceremonies open new Orange Line", The Washington Post, p. D1
  6. ^ "John R Cambron track maps". Retrieved 2008.
  7. ^ "Metro installing more red platform edge lights" (Press release). WMATA. Retrieved 2018.
  8. ^ "Blue line". NYCSubway. Retrieved 2008.
  9. ^ a b c "Station Vicinity Map: Foggy Bottom-GWU" (PDF). WMATA. Retrieved 2018.
  10. ^ "Elevator & Escalator Service Status". Retrieved 2018.

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