Friendship Heights station

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Friendship Heights
WMATA Metro Logo.svg WMATA Red.svg rapid transit station
Friendship Heights Platform.jpg
Friendship Heights station platform, October 2018
Location5337 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20015
Coordinates38°57′39″N 77°05′10″W / 38.960921°N 77.086059°W / 38.960921; -77.086059Coordinates: 38°57′39″N 77°05′10″W / 38.960921°N 77.086059°W / 38.960921; -77.086059
Owned byWMATA
Platforms1 island platform
ConnectionsBus transport Metrobus: 30N, 30S, 31, 33, 37, E4, E6, L2, L8, N2, N4, N6, T2
Bus transport Ride On: 1, 11, 23, 29, 34
Bus transport Friendship Heights Village Bus
Structure typeUnderground
Bicycle facilities50 racks, 22 lockers
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station codeA08
OpenedAugust 25, 1984; 34 years ago (August 25, 1984)
Passengers (2017)8,015 daily[1]Decrease 0.9%
Preceding station WMATA Metro Logo.svg Washington Metro Following station
Bethesda Red Line Tenleytown–AU
toward Glenmont

Friendship Heights is a Washington Metro station straddling the border of Washington, D.C. and Montgomery County, Maryland, United States. The station was opened on August 25, 1984, and is operated by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA).


Providing service for the Red Line, the station is at the 5400 block of Wisconsin Avenue, Northwest and serves the neighborhoods of Chevy Chase and Friendship Heights. The area is a major retail shopping and broadcast media district. The station also serves as a bus depot linking Montgomery County Transit's Ride-On bus system with the Washington Metro. It is directly adjacent to the Western Division Metrobus garage on 44th Street and Harrison Street NW.

Notable places nearby[edit]


The station opened on August 25, 1984.[2][3] 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, Grosvenor, Medical Center and Tenleytown stations.[2][3][4] This station is relatively deep: it is the fifth deepest station on the Red Line. The escalator ride from the common room at the north entrance to the mezzanine level takes roughly a minute and a half.[citation needed]

To enable Metro to perform train turnarounds south of Grosvenor-Strathmore, a diamond crossover exists just north of the station. Occasionally, during rush hours (for schedule adjustments) or during track maintenance, trains terminate here. When this happens, trains offload their passengers on the Shady Grove-bound track, exit the station, switch direction just north of the interlocking, and then run through the interlocking to the Glenmont (towards downtown)-bound track.

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Exit/ Entrance
M Mezzanine One-way faregates, ticket machines, station agent
Platform level
Westbound WMATA Red.svg toward Grosvenor or Shady Grove (Bethesda)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Eastbound WMATA Red.svg toward Silver Spring or Glenmont (Tenleytown–AU)

This station uses the four-coffer arch design found at most underground stations on the western side of the Red line. Unlike its many counterparts such as Van Ness-UDC and Tenleytown-AU, the station's walls are rounder than most stations due to its use of the four-coffer arch design. Friendship Heights is also the only station in the system with this design that also has a mezzanine at both ends of the platform.

Two of its five exits sit on the Maryland side of Western Avenue, whereas the other three exit into the District. At the Western Avenue entrance, four separate street entrances come together in a common room, allowing riders to access a set of three escalators that go to the platform. One entrance is located at a side entrance to the lobby of an entrance to the C-level of Mazza Gallerie that has access to Western Avenue. Another entrance offers direct access to Chevy Chase Pavilion. The newest entrance, located off Wisconsin Avenue next to The Shops at Wisconsin Place, opened in 2011, replacing an earlier entrance that led directly into a Hecht's. The new entrance is located across Wisconsin Avenue from the station's main entrance, which surfaces in a large bus depot underneath the Chevy Chase Metro Building. A second entrance, at the intersection of Wisconsin Avenue and Jenifer Street NW, is elevator-only, with four high-speed elevators servicing the station's south mezzanine.


  1. ^ "Metrorail Average Weekday Passenger Boardings" (PDF). WMATA. Retrieved July 31, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Red Line adds 6.8 miles". The Washington Post. August 25, 1984. p. B1.
  3. ^ a b Brisbane, Arthur S. (August 26, 1984). "All aboard; Metro festivities welcome latest Red Line extension". The Washington Post. p. A1.
  4. ^ "Sequence of Metrorail openings" (PDF). WMATA. 2017. p. 3. Retrieved April 1, 2018.

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