Farragut North station

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Farragut North
WMATA Farragut North Station in Washington, DC 14303987196.jpg
The station platform in 2014
Location1001 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C.
Coordinates38°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
Platforms1 island platform
ConnectionsWMATA Metro Logo.svg WMATA Blue.svg WMATA Orange.svg WMATA Silver.svg rapid transit station Farragut West
Bus transport Metrobus: 3Y, 7Y, 11Y, 16Y, 30N, 30S, 32, 33, 36, 37, 38B, 39, 42, 43, 80, D1, D4, D5, D6, G8, L2, N2, N4, N6, S1
Bus transport DC Circulator
  GeorgetownUnion Station
Bus transport MTA Maryland Bus: 901, 902, 904, 905, 995
Bus transport Loudoun County Transit
Bus transport PRTC OmniRide
Bicycle facilities8 racks
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station codeA02
OpenedMarch 27, 1976 (March 27, 1976)
201622,949 daily[1]Decrease 9.27%
Preceding station WMATA Metro Logo.svg Washington Metro Following station
Dupont Circle Red Line Metro Center
toward Glenmont

Farragut North station is an underground 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 and was later replaced with a Results Gym location. It is the third-busiest station in the Metro system, averaging 22,949 passengers per weekday as of May 2017.[1] Service began on March 27, 1976.[2]

Station layout[edit]

Faregates at the L street entrance

Farragut North station features unique architecture not seen in other stations 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 mezzanines that serve different escalators and exits. Special buttress-like structures support these stretches of the mezzanine. The low, flat ceiling at the west end was built to accommodate a proposed freeway ramp to Interstate 66, which was never built.

South of this station, a non-revenue track diverges from the outbound track that connects with the outbound track on the shared Orange/Blue/Silver Line tracks between Farragut West and McPherson Square.

Pulse is a 2013 sculpture by Jefre Manuel, installed at the station's Connecticut Avenue and K Street, NW entrance. It is mounted to the wall at the Connecticut Avenue and K Street, NW entrance. The installation is made of acrylic resin tile. It was funded by the Golden Triangle BID and DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.[3]


Farragut North was one of the original 6 stations to open with the first section of the Red Line on March 27, 1976.[4] It was the western terminus of the Red Line until January 17, 1977, when Dupont Circle opened.[4] In 1992, the station coffer was painted white.[citation needed]

On February 12, 2010 at approximately 10:13 a.m. a train derailed in the pocket track immediately to the north of the station when the front car left the tracks.[5] Of the approximately 345 passengers on board, one person was transported to the hospital.[6] All of the passengers were evacuated without incident. The cause of the derailment was investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board.[7] It was found that the train derailed as it was leaving the pocket track due to a derailer, preventing the train from entering the active main tracks and potentially a deadly collision.[8]

On November 24, 2009, a large crack was found in the ceiling during a routine inspection; repairs began the following day.[9] On Wednesday, November 17, 2010, a chunk of concrete fell from the station roof after street construction work on Connecticut Avenue above the station penetrated the station roof. The station reopened the next day after inspection and emergency repairs.[10] During the majority of 2011, the station had structural repairs. The renovation added a new structural support column, patched cracks in the ceiling where moisture is entering the station, and acoustic ceiling tiles replaced. In addition, the escalators were overhauled.[11]

On January 15, 2018, a 7000-series train derailed on the northbound track between Farragut West and Metro Center because of a cracked track.[12] The response was hampered by poor radio reception for Metro's radios inside the tunnel and minimal cell service due to the depth and the lack of repeaters.

In 2019, Metro repaired the station chiller, which had been out of service for almost 4 years.[13]

Between January 15 to January 21, 2021, this station was closed because of security concerns due to the 2020 Inauguration.[14]

Farragut West tunnel[edit]

Farragut North is only a block away (across the square) from Farragut West station; however, there is no direct connection between the two stations. WMATA originally planned to have a single Farragut station that would serve as an alternate transfer station to ease congestion that would develop in Metro Center. However, it would have been constructed using the cut and cover method, disrupting the square above. The National Park Service, which owns the square, would not allow construction which would disrupt the park, so the stations were built separately with no direct passenger connection.[citation needed]

As part of its long-term capital improvement plan dated September 12, 2002, Metro has proposed building an underground pedestrian tunnel connecting the station with Farragut West to relieve transfer pressure on Metro Center. This work would also include projects to expand capacity at the station, including more fare gates, extending the mezzanines down the length of the station, more platform-mezzanine connections, and more.[15]

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.[16]


  1. ^ a b "Metrorail Average Weekday Passenger Boardings" (PDF). Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. May 2017. Retrieved March 27, 2018.
  2. ^ "Sequence of Metrorail openings" (PDF). Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. 2017. p. 3. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 2, 2018. Retrieved March 28, 2018.
  3. ^ "Public artwork installed at Farragut North Metro station". Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. February 19, 2013. Retrieved October 13, 2015.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ a b Alberto, Cuadro; Denise, Lu (April 27, 2015). "How D.C. Metro grew over the years". The Washington Post. Retrieved August 3, 2020.
  5. ^ "Minor Injuries Reported After Metro Train Derails". NBC.
  6. ^ "DC Metro fires train operator after Feb. 12 derailment near Farragut North". www.ble-t.org. Retrieved December 9, 2019.
  7. ^ "NTSB issues updates on three Washington Metrorail accident investigations; announces board meeting date for 2009 Red Line collision investigation in Washington, D.C." NTSB. May 20, 2010. Retrieved March 28, 2018.
  8. ^ Johnson, Matt (February 12, 2010). "Derailment at Farragut North a safety system success". Greater Greater Washington. Retrieved August 3, 2020.
  9. ^ "Repairs being made to ceiling inside Farragut North Metrorail station" (Press release). Archived from the original on June 15, 2011. Retrieved November 19, 2010.
  10. ^ Scott Tyson, Ann; Williams, Clarence (November 18, 2010). "Farragut North reopens after concrete falls through roof". The Washington Post. Retrieved August 3, 2020.
  11. ^ Tyson, Ann Scott (February 14, 2011). "Repairs at Farragut North Metrorail station to last into summer". The Washington Post. Retrieved February 15, 2011.
  12. ^ Repetski, Stephen (January 16, 2018). "Here's what we know about Monday's Red Line derailment outside Farragut North". Greater Greater Washington. Retrieved August 3, 2020.
  13. ^ Pascale, Jordan (August 30, 2019). "After More Than Four Years, The Chillers At Dupont Circle And Farragut North Are Fixed". DCist. Retrieved August 3, 2020.
  14. ^ "Metro announces Inauguration service plans, station closures | WMATA". www.wmata.com. Retrieved January 13, 2021.
  15. ^ Johnson, Matt (October 1, 2015). "Metro wants to connect Farragut North and West with a tunnel". Greater Greater Washington. Retrieved August 3, 2020.
  16. ^ "Metro launches Farragut Crossing" (Press release). WMATA. October 28, 2011. Retrieved March 28, 2018.

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