Gallery Place station

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Gallery Place
WMATA Metro Logo.svg WMATA Red.svg WMATA Green.svg WMATA Yellow.svg rapid transit station
Gallery Pl-Chinatown Upper Level January 28, 2010.jpg
A Red Line train arrives at the upper level of the Gallery Place station.
Location630 H Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
Owned byWMATA
Platforms2 side platforms (upper level)
1 island platform (lower level)
Tracks4 (2 per level)
ConnectionsBus transport Metrobus: 42, 70, 74, 79, 80, P6, X2, X9
Construction
Structure typeUnderground
Depth43 feet (13 m) Upper Level 63 feet (19 m) Lower Level
Platform levels2
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station codeB01 (upper level)
F01 (lower level)
History
OpenedDecember 15, 1976; 42 years ago (1976-12-15)
Previous namesGallery Place (1976–1986)
Gallery Place–Chinatown (1986–2011)
Traffic
Passengers (2017)22,427 daily[1]Increase 0.23%
Services
Preceding station WMATA Metro Logo.svg Washington Metro Following station
Metro Center Red Line Judiciary Square
toward Glenmont
Archives Green Line Mount Vernon Square
toward Greenbelt
Archives
toward Huntington
Yellow Line

Gallery Place is a Washington Metro station in Washington, D.C., United States, on the Green, Red and Yellow Lines. It is a transfer station between the Red Line on the upper level and the Green/Yellow Lines on the lower level.

Location[edit]

Gallery Place is located in Northwest Washington, with entrances at 7th and F, 7th and H, and 9th and G Streets. The station's only street elevator is north of F Street on the east side of 7th Street.

The station, which is beneath the Capital One Arena, serves that arena and the surrounding Chinatown and Penn Quarter neighborhoods in downtown Washington. The station is located very close to Metro Center, such that the lights of one are visible down the tunnel from the other.

Notable places nearby[edit]

History[edit]

Service began on December 15, 1976, as part of the original Red Line that ran from Farragut North to Rhode Island Avenue–Brentwood. The opening of the station was delayed by a court order over lack of handicapped access (it was originally supposed to open with the rest of the first stations on March 27, 1976). WMATA provided assurance that such access would be available by June 1, 1977.

Yellow Line service began on April 30, 1983, extending service to the Pentagon and National Airport stations. An abstract wall sculpture, The Yellow Line by Constance Fleures, was installed in 1989 on the lower level platform,[2] Green Line service began in 1991, adding service (at the time) to U Street and Anacostia.

Originally named "Gallery Place" after the nearby National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum, "Chinatown" was added to the station name in 1986 (although the station's signage was not replaced until 1990).[citation needed] In 2000, a sculpture entitled The Glory of the Chinese Descendants by Foon Sham, was installed over the 7th and H Street entrance at the mezzanine level. The sculpture depicts a large Chinese-style fan above a bowl of rice.[3] The station reverted to its original name, "Gallery Place", on November 3, 2011, with "Chinatown" listed as a subtitle.[4]

This station has been a testing ground for new features in Metro stations. In 1993, the station was one of the first Metro stations to receive tactile edging on its platforms. Since 2004, the station has been the site of testing for new signage. As a result, there is far more signage in this station than most others, including lighted signs, as well as signage that isn't found anywhere else in the system. In 2007, red LEDs were tested for the platform edge lights on the upper level. Orange LEDs were tested at the platform edge on the lower level, before being replaced by red LEDs in 2008. In 2017, WMATA added yellow stickers on the platform floors to remind riders where the end of six-car trains stop, to help riders avoid being in the area near the end of the platform behind where the last car of the train stops.[5]

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Exit/ Entrance
B1 Mezzanine One-way faregates, ticket machines, station agent
B2
Red Line platforms
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Westbound WMATA Red.svg toward Grosvenor or Shady Grove (Metro Center)
Eastbound WMATA Red.svg toward Silver Spring or Glenmont (Judiciary Square)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
B3
Green/Yellow Line platforms
Southbound WMATA Green.svg toward Branch Avenue (Archives)
WMATA Yellow.svg toward Huntington (Archives)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Northbound WMATA Green.svg toward Greenbelt (Mount Vernon Square)
WMATA Yellow.svg toward Mount Vernon Square or Fort Totten (Mount Vernon Square)

Like other downtown transfer stations, Gallery Place has a two-level configuration. However, unlike Metro Center and L'Enfant Plaza, where the platforms cross centrally, the Green and Yellow Line platforms are located near the east end of the station, resulting in an off-balance layout. This is a result of the Green and Yellow Lines' location below 7th Street NW, while the Red Line must bend towards the southeast in order to reach Judiciary Square and Union Station.[6]

Plans to add a pedestrian tunnel connecting Gallery Place with Metro Center have long been in the works. The "Gallery Place/Chinatown - Metro Center Pedestrian Passageway Tunnel Study" was completed in July 2005.[7]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Metrorail Average Weekday Passenger Boardings" (PDF). Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. Retrieved July 31, 2018.
  2. ^ Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). "Gallery Place-Chinatown Station: The Yellow Line, 1989." Art by Metro Line. Accessed March 9, 2013.
  3. ^ WMATA. "Gallery Place-Chinatown Station: The Glory of the Chinese Descendants, 2000." Art by Metro Line. Accessed March 9, 2013.
  4. ^ WMATA. "Station names updated for new map" (Press release). November 3, 2011. Archived from the original on November 5, 2011. Retrieved November 5, 2011.
  5. ^ "Metro's Answer To Station Crowding: Better Signs". WAMU. October 27, 2017. Retrieved June 15, 2018.
  6. ^ WMATA. "Emergency Evacuation Map: Gallery Pl-Chinatown Station; 7th & H Sts Exit." Accessed March 9, 2013.
  7. ^ Parsons; KPG Design Studio; Basile Baumann Prost; Associates (July 2005). "Gallery Place/Chinatown - Metro Center Pedestrian Passageway Tunnel Study" (PDF). WMATA Office of Planning and Project Development. Retrieved March 6, 2009.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 38°53′56″N 77°01′18″W / 38.89889°N 77.02167°W / 38.89889; -77.02167