Washington Metro

Washington, D.C. rapid transit system

The Washington Metro is a rapid transit system that serves the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area in the United States. It has the second busiest rapid transit system in the United States.[2] The New York City Subway is the busiest.

Washington Metro

LocaleWashington metropolitan area
Transit typeRapid transit
Number of lines6
Number of stations98
Daily ridership474,000 (weekdays, 2023)
Chief executiveRandy Clarke
Headquarters600 5th Street NW
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Websitewww.wmata.com/service/rail/ Edit this at Wikidata
Began operationMarch 27, 1976; 48 years ago (1976-03-27)
Operator(s)Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA)
Number of vehicles1,318 railcars
Train length6 or 8 cars
Headway6–12 mins peak; 6–15 mins off-peak
System length129 mi (208 km)
Track gauge4 ft 8 14 in (1,429 mm)[1]
Minimum radius of curvature225 ft (68.6 m)[1]
ElectrificationThird rail750 V DC
Average speed33 mph (53 km/h)
Top speed75 mph (121 km/h) (design) 59 mph (95 km/h)-65 mph (105 km/h) (service)
Route map
Template:Washington Metro lines
Cleveland Park Metro station
(Red Line)
Actual map of the Washington Metro. Map of the network is drawn to scale.

There are six lines in this system:



The first part of the metro system opened on March 27, 1976.[3] The rail system was completed on May 19th, 2023. [4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "WMATA Summary – Level Rail Car Performance For Design And Simulation" (PDF). Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. October 13, 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 9, 2014. Retrieved October 15, 2014.
  2. Christie Dawson (4 December 2008). "Heavy Rail Transit Ridership Report, Third Quarter 2008" (PDF). American Public Transportation Association. Archived from the original on 6 February 2009. Retrieved 23 September 2015.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  3. Douglas Feaver (25 October 1999). "Politics Couldn't Derail Metro, D.C.'s Engine of Change". The Washington Post. Retrieved 23 September 2015.
  4. "Washington, D.C. Metro System Fast Facts". Cable News Network (CNN). 27 July 2015. Retrieved 23 September 2015.

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