Washington Metro

Washington Metro Information

Washington metro, also known as Metrorail, serves Washington D.C. and its surrounding suburbs, in the USA. The network began operations on 27th March 1976, and presently has 5 lines that serve 86 stations. Out of these 86 stations, 47 are underground. The system has a total track length of 171.1 km. In terms of passenger trips, the system is the second busiest in the United States, after the New York City Subway. As per 2013 statistics, the metro has a daily ridership of 758,489 passengers per weekday. The system is administered by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA).

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Washington Metro Map

Map of Washington Metro showing various lines and stations. Click on the map to enlarge it. You can also download Washington Metro Map in PDF.

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Washington Metro Hours

The metro services start at 5 am from Monday-Friday. The service ends at 12.00 am on Sunday-Thursday. On Saturday and Sunday, the service starts late, at 7 am. On Friday and Saturday nights, the service ends at 3 am. The time interval between trains during peak hours is 3-6 minutes. The time interval is increased during midday and evenings, on weekdays and throughout weekend. The frequency during nights varies between 8-24 minutes, on different lines.

Washington Metro Fares, Tickets and Cards

The fares are distance based and also depend on the time of journey. Riders can use paper Farecards or a SmarTrip®card. The card is a smart card that can be recharged and can store credit up to $300. The cost of the card is $2. A journey during peak hours (start of service-9.30 am and 3-7 pm on weekdays, and weekends midnight, till close of service), costs a minimum of $2.10- maximum $5.75 (plus $1 for paper farecard). A journey during off peak hours, costs minimum $1.70- maximum $ 3.50 (plus $1 for paper farecard). A SmarTrip®card also provides a 50¢ discount, for transfers between bus to rail and rail to bus, within a two hour period.

A Farecard can hold from $2.70 to $45. These can be purchased from vending machines at the stations.

Passes are also available for travelling on the Metrorail. A One day pass can be purchased for $14 which allows unlimited travel on the metro. The pass expires on 3 am on weekends and 12.00 am on weeknights. A 7-Day Fast Pass can be procured for $57.50 and it allows unlimited travel on seven consecutive days. A28-Day Fast Pass costs $230.

Children four years and younger can travel free. Two children under this age group can accompany a fare paying adult. Adult fares are applicable for children over 5 years of age. Students, and seniors over 65 years of age, get discounted prices.

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Washington Metro Parking

Metro riders who are using the smart trip card can benefit with park and ride facilities. Metro parking fees range from $3.50 and $5. On weekends and holidays, parking is free.

Washington Metro Rules and Tips

The stations have Passenger Display Information System (PIDS), which provide real time information about the arriving trains, train delays, any emergency announcements etc. The real time information is also available via smartphone application. The metro system is patrolled by transit police officers of the Metro Transit Police Department, to ensure passenger safety. Eating, drinking and smoking are prohibited on the metro. Bicycles are permitted on metro except during peak hours on weekdays i.e. 7-10 am and 4-7 pm. They are allowed all day long on weekends and public holidays.

Washington Metro Lines

There are five metro lines with 86 stations in total and the lines run between downtown Washington and nearby suburbs. About 47 stations are built underground and the remaining above the ground. All the metro lines are recognized by its name and color.

  • Washington Metro Red line – The red line was opened in 1976 and the metro train operates between Shady Grove and Glenmont. The line serves 27 stations and the distance between two lines is 51.3.  The red line is the oldest and busiest line in the system. The red line is the deepest in the system.
  • Washington Metro Blue line – The blue line was opened in 1977 serving 27 stations. The metro train operates between Franconia Springfield and Large Town center. The distance between two stations is 48.8km. Thirteen stations are shared by orange line and yellow line. The blue line is the integral part of the Washington metro system.
  • Washington Metro Orange line – The orange line was opened in 1978 and the route serves between Vienna and New Carrolton. The orange line serves 26station. Half of the stations are shared with blue line and the orange line is also one of the busiest lines during peak hours.
  • Washington Metro  Yellow line – The yellow line was opened in 1983 and the line operates between Huntington Fort Totten and Mount Vernon Square. The line serves 17 stations and most of the track is shared with green lines. The yellow line is a quick link between downtown Washington and National airport.
  • Washington Metro Green line – The green line was opened in 1991 and the line operates between Branch Avenue and Greenbelt. Green line serves 21 stations and it is one of the heavy rail subway system in Washington D.C. The green line runs through Maryland and the line share with other lines too.
  • Washington Metro Silver line – The silver line is under construction and would serve 29 stations. The first phase of silver line opened to public on 26th July 2014 between Wiehle – Reston East and McLean station.  The approximate time to commute between the five stations is 14 minutes and would cost $2.85 during off-peak hours or $3.60  during peak-hours. Use SmarTrip card to save on $1 surcharge applicable on paper fare cards. Click here to know about its route and fares.

Important Stations - 

  1. Washington Metro Station near National Zoo
  2. Washington Metro Station near US Capitol
  3. Washington Metro Station near White House
  4. Washington Metro Station near World War II National Memorial

Washington Metro Pictures

Washington Metro Resources

  1. Washington Metro on Wikipedia
  2. Official Website of Washington Metro
  3. Official website of Silverline