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Farragut North

"Farragut North" redirects here. For the play, see Farragut North (play).
Farragut North
Washington Metro rapid transit station
Station statistics
Address 1001 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Coordinates

38°54′11″N 77°02′23″W / 38.903192°N 77.039766°W / 38.903192; -77.039766Coordinates: 38°54′11″N 77°02′23″W / 38.903192°N 77.039766°W / 38.903192; -77.039766

Line(s)
Connections PRTC OmniRide
Structure type Underground
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 2
Bicycle facilities 8 racks
Other information
Opened March 27, 1976
Accessible
Station code A02
Owned by WMATA
Traffic
Passengers (2010)6.870 million[1]
Services
Preceding station   WMATA Metro Logo.svg Washington Metro   Following station
toward Shady Grove
Red Line
toward Glenmont

Farragut North is a Washington Metro station in Washington, D.C., on the Red Line.

Farragut North serves downtown Washington and is located just north of Farragut Square. It lies at the heart of the business district on Connecticut Avenue, with two entrances at L Street and one at K Street. Adjacent to the L Street entrance was a food court which has its own stairway to the surface; the food court closed in 2007 was later replaced with a Results Gym location. It is the third-busiest station in the Metrorail system, averaging 27,200 passengers per weekday as of May 3, 2006.[2] It is also one of the most shallow, with a lower-than-usual ceiling. The low, flat ceiling at the west end was built to accommodate a proposed freeway ramp to Interstate 66, which was never built. Service began on March 27, 1976.

Farragut North station features unique architecture throughout the system. Its mezzanine stretches across more of the platform and is longer than most, with an open depression looking onto the platform in the middle. There are two elevated "aisles" that serve different escalators and exits. Special buttress-like structures support these stretches of the mezzanine.

As part of the long-term capital improvement plan dated September 12, 2002, Metro has proposed building an underground pedestrian tunnel connecting this station with Farragut West. On October 28, 2011, Metro announced its Farragut Crossing program, allowing riders using a SmarTrip card up to 30 minutes to transfer for free by foot between Farragut West and Farragut North stations. [3]

The station is named for the adjacent Farragut Square, which takes its name from Admiral David Farragut, the senior officer of the U.S. Navy during the American Civil War.

On November 24, 2009, a large crack was found in the ceiling during a routine inspection; repairs began the following day.[4]

On February 12, 2010 at approximately 10:13 a.m. a train derailed in the pocket track immediately north of this station when the front car left the tracks.[5] Of the approximately 345 passengers on board, one person was transported to the hospital. All of the passengers were evacuated without incident. The cause of the derailment is being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board.[6]

During 2011, the station is undergoing structural repairs. The renovation will add a new structural support column. Cracks in the ceiling where moisture is entering the station are being patched and ceiling tiles replaced. In addition, the escalators are being overhauled.[7]

Station layout

Street Level Exit/ Entrance
Mezzanine Fare control, station agent
Platform level Westbound ← toward Shady Grove (Dupont Circle)
Island platform, Doors will open on the left
Eastbound toward Glenmont (Metro Center)

Notable places nearby

References

External links

  • WMATA: Farragut North Station
  • StationMasters Online: Farragut North Station
  • The Schumin Web Transit Center: Farragut North Station
  • L Street entrance from Google Maps Street View
  • K Street entrance from Google Maps Street View
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