Woodley Park station

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Woodley Park
Zoo / Adams Morgan
WMATA Metro Logo.svg WMATA Red.svg rapid transit station
Woodley Park-Zoo-Adams Morgan Station 2.jpg
Location2660 Woodley Road, NW
Washington, D.C. 20008
Coordinates38°55′28″N 77°03′09″W / 38.924505°N 77.052392°W / 38.924505; -77.052392Coordinates: 38°55′28″N 77°03′09″W / 38.924505°N 77.052392°W / 38.924505; -77.052392
Owned byWMATA
Platforms1 island platform
ConnectionsBus transport Metrobus: 96, L1, L2
Bus transport DC Circulator
Structure typeUnderground
Depth160 feet (49 m)
Bicycle facilities8 racks
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station codeA04
OpenedDecember 5, 1981; 37 years ago (December 5, 1981)[1]
Previous namesZoological Park (during construction)
Woodley Park–Zoo (1981–1999)
Woodley Park–Zoo/Adams Morgan (1999-2011)
Passengers (2017)5,853 daily[2]Decrease 4.66%
Preceding station WMATA Metro Logo.svg Washington Metro Following station
Cleveland Park Red Line Dupont Circle
toward Glenmont

Woodley Park (also known as Woodley Park–Zoo / Adams Morgan) is a station on the Red Line of the Washington Metro. Located at 24th Street and Connecticut Avenue Northwest, it serves the neighborhoods of Woodley Park and Adams Morgan in Northwest Washington. Like other stations on the Red Line's northern branch, it is rather deep, at 150 feet (46 m) below ground.[3]

With a vertical rise of 102 feet (31 m), the entrance escalators at Woodley Park are the longest in the District of Columbia and the third longest on the Metrorail system (behind Wheaton and Bethesda). The original escalators entered service when the station opened in 1981. On January 5, 2015, work began to replace the escalators, expected to run through mid-2018.[4]


The second of three sets of escalators to reach the platform

The station opened on December 5, 1981.[1][5] Its opening coincided with the completion of 2.1 miles (3.4 km) of rail northwest of the Dupont Circle station and the opening of the Cleveland Park and Van Ness–UDC stations.[1][5][6]

Originally known as simply "Zoological Park", in 1979 its name was changed to "Woodley Park–Zoo" because neighbors believed that the name was misleading, as the National Zoological Park is located 0.5 miles (0.8 km) from the station.[7] The Adams Morgan neighborhood lies at the other end of the nearby Duke Ellington Bridge, and "Adams Morgan" was added to the station name in 1999 to reflect this.[8] On November 3, 2011, the station was renamed to "Woodley Park", with "Zoo/Adams Morgan" as a subtitle.[9]


It was the first in the system to deviate from the waffle-like coffers found at most underground stations in downtown Washington, instead using a simpler four-coffer arch. The advantage of the four-coffer arch was that it was pre-cast in Winchester, Virginia, and then hauled underground and installed on-site, while the waffle-style arches used in other stations had to be cast in place. This was done as a cost-saving measure.[1]

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 (Cleveland Park)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Eastbound WMATA Red.svg toward Silver Spring or Glenmont (Dupont Circle)

2004 accident[edit]

Cleanup after the November 3, 2004 accident

On November 3, 2004, an out-of-service train rolled backwards into the station and collided with an in-service train. The non-fatal collision injured about 20 people and caused $3.5 million in damages. An investigation determined that the operator of the runaway train was likely asleep.[10]

Notable places nearby[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Burgess, John (December 4, 1981). "The New Northwest Passage". The Washington Post. p. B1.
  2. ^ "Metrorail Average Weekday Passenger Boardings" (PDF). WMATA. Retrieved July 31, 2018.
  3. ^ Levy, Claudia (November 6, 1989). "New Metro Stop Is Way Down Under;Curious in Md. Take Preview Plunge Into Area's Deepest Station". The Washington Post. p. B3.
  4. ^ Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (December 2014). "Replacement of 6 Woodley Park escalators to begin January 5". Retrieved October 24, 2016.
  5. ^ a b Burgess, John (December 5, 1981), "3 Metro stations opening today", The Washington Post, p. B7
  6. ^ Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (July 2009). "Sequence of Metrorail openings" (PDF). Retrieved August 1, 2010.
  7. ^ Eisen, Jack (August 7, 1979). "Zoological Park Subway Stop Name, 9 Others Changed by Metro Board". The Washington Post. p. C5.
  8. ^ Staff Reports (June 11, 1999). "Metro in brief". The Washington Post. p. B3.
  9. ^ "Station names updated for new map" (Press release). Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. November 3, 2011. Archived from the original on November 5, 2011. Retrieved November 5, 2011.
  10. ^ Sun, Lena H (March 23, 2006). "Dozing Operator Blamed in Rail Crash". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 19, 2007.

External links[edit]

Media related to Woodley Park (WMATA station) at Wikimedia Commons