Medical Center station (Washington Metro)

Medical Center
Medical center.jpg
Location 8810 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, Maryland
Coordinates 38┬░59ÔÇ▓57ÔÇ│N 77┬░05ÔÇ▓52ÔÇ│W´╗┐ / ´╗┐38.999067┬░N 77.097676┬░W´╗┐ / 38.999067; -77.097676Coordinates: 38┬░59ÔÇ▓57ÔÇ│N 77┬░05ÔÇ▓52ÔÇ│W´╗┐ / ´╗┐38.999067┬░N 77.097676┬░W´╗┐ / 38.999067; -77.097676
Owned by WMATA
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 2
Connections Bus transport Ride On: 30, 33, 34, 46, 70, 101
Bus transport Metrobus: J1, J2
Bus transport NIH Bethesda Shuttles
Bus transport Navy Medical Center Shuttle
Structure type Underground
Depth 120 feet (37 m)[1]
Bicycle facilities 88 racks, 38 lockers
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code A10
Opened August 25, 1984; 37 years ago (August 25, 1984)
2017 5,300 daily[2]ÔÇâDecrease 3.07%
Preceding station WMATA Metro Logo.svg Washington Metro Following station
toward Shady Grove
Red Line Bethesda
toward Glenmont

Medical Center is an island-platformed Washington Metro station in Bethesda, 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 serves the National Institutes of Health campus and the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and is located at Rockville Pike and South Drive. Since there is little retail in the area and no commuter parking lot, this station is used almost exclusively by employees and visitors to those two institutions.[citation needed]


The station opened on August 25, 1984.[3][4] Its opening coincided with the completion of 6.8 miles (10.9 km) of rail northwest of the Van NessÔÇôUDC station and the opening of the Bethesda, Friendship Heights, Grosvenor, and Tenleytown stations.[3][4][5]

In September 2009, Montgomery County submitted a $20 million federal grant application to build a pedestrian tunnel under Rockville Pike to improve access to the Medical Center stop from Walter Reed Medical Center. Currently, there is only a crosswalk here, with many passengers crossing the heavily travelled street from Walter Reed on the east side of MD 355 to get to the station on the west side. Construction would have originally occurred in 2011,[6] but the project was not approved until 2013.[7] The project is fully funded at $68 million, mostly through the Department of Defense, and includes installation of new deep elevators, improvement of surface bicycle and pedestrian facilities, as well as an extension of the left turn lane on southbound MD 355. The project began construction in December 2017, and is expected to be completed in December 2021.[8][9]

Station layout

Medical Center is the last underground station heading towards Shady Grove. The station is one of 11 stations in the system constructed with rock tunneling and is accordingly deeper underground than most stations in the system.[10] Its platform is located 114 feet (35 m) below its west entrance and more than 120 feet (37 m) below street level.[11] [12]

Unlike most other Red Line stations, the escalator bank emerges above ground outside, rather than in a subterranean landing.[13] These escalators are located at the southwest corner of Rockville Pike and South Drive, where bus bays and a kiss and ride lot are also located. The escalators are 202 feet (62 m) feet long and rise 101 feet (31 m) from the mezzanine to the entrance landing.[14]

G Street level Exit/entrance, buses
M Mezzanine Fare gates, ticket machines, station agent
Platform level
Westbound ÔćÉ WMATA Red.svg toward GrosvenorÔÇôStrathmore or Shady Grove (GrosvenorÔÇôStrathmore)
Island platform
Eastbound Ôćĺ WMATA Red.svg toward Silver Spring or Glenmont (Bethesda) Ôćĺ


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