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Tenleytown–AU station

Washington Metro rapid transit station
Location 4501 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016
Owned by WMATA
Line(s) Red Line
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 2
Connections Bus transport Metrobus: 30N, 30S, 31, 33, 37, 96, D32, H2, H3, H4, M4, N2, W45, W47
Bus transport AU Shuttle
Structure type Underground
Parking 17 spaces (parking meters)
Bicycle facilities 20 racks, 20 lockers
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code A07
Opened August 25, 1984 (August 25, 1984)
Previous names Tenley Circle
Passengers (2014) 6736 daily [1] 4.78%
Preceding station   Washington Metro   Following station
toward Shady Grove
Red Line
toward Glenmont

Tenleytown–AU is a rapid transit 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.


  • Location 1
  • History 2
  • Station layout 3
  • Gallery 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


The southernmost station underneath the 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 layout

G Street Level Exit/ Entrance
M Mezzanine One-way faregates, ticket machines, station agent
Platform level
Westbound Red Line toward Shady Grove (Friendship Heights)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Eastbound Red Line toward Glenmont (Van Ness – UDC)

Like most underground stations on the northwestern stretch of the Red Line, Tenleytown–AU has three levels below street level: a middle landing, mezzanine, and the platform.[8] There are two entrances, one on either side of Wisconsin Avenue NW, that lead to a middle landing below the avenue. A set of escalators brings passengers from the landing to the mezzanine, the location of fare control. A final group of escalators links the mezzanine with the single island platform, characteristic of deep-bore stations on the Washington Metro. Uniquely, due to architectural and structural reasons, there is an elevator directly to the platform, with a faregate at that level.[8]



  1. ^ "Metrorail Average Weekday Passenger Boardings" (PDF). WMATA. Retrieved 2015-05-03. 
  2. ^ a b Tenleytown–AU evacuation map WMATA Retrieved 2010-11-01
  3. ^ Staff Reporters (February 15, 1980), "Metro station to be named Tenleytown", The Washington Post: 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: B1 
  5. ^ a b Brisbane, Arthur S. (August 26, 1984), "All aboard; Metro festivities welcome latest Red Line extension", The Washington Post: A1 
  6. ^ Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (July 2009). "Sequence of Metrorail openings" (PDF). Retrieved August 1, 2010. 
  7. ^ a b Staff Reporters (May 12, 1989), "Metro names change", The Washington Post: C4 
  8. ^ a b Tenleytown–AU station WMATA Retrieved 2010-01-11

External links

  • WMATA: Tenleytown–AU Station
  • StationMasters Online: Tenleytown–AU Station
  • The Schumin Web Transit Center: Tenleytown–AU Station
  • Albemarle Street entrance from Google Maps Street View
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