|Location||7450 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, Maryland|
|Coordinates||38°59′05″N 77°05′41″W / 38.984605°N 77.094586°WCoordinates: 38°59′05″N 77°05′41″W / 38.984605°N 77.094586°W|
|Platforms||1 island platform|
|Connections|| Metrobus: J2, J4|
Ride On: 29, 30, 32, 34, 36, 47, 70
Capital Crescent Trail
|Bicycle facilities||Capital Bikeshare, 48 racks and 44 lockers|
|Opened||August 25, 1984|
Bethesda is a rapid transit station on the Red Line of the Washington Metro system in Bethesda, Maryland. It is one of the busiest suburban Metro stations, serving on average 9,142 passengers each weekday in 2017. The Purple Line, a light rail system currently under construction, will terminate at Bethesda, providing rail service to other inner Maryland suburbs such as Silver Spring and College Park, each of which has additional north-south connections by Washington Metro, and New Carrollton, which has Amtrak and MARC connections to both Washington, D.C. and Baltimore.
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Located at the center of the area's central business district, Bethesda station lies underneath Wisconsin Avenue at its intersection with Montgomery Avenue. In the direction of Shady Grove, it is the first station wholly within Montgomery County, as Friendship Heights straddles the border between Maryland and Washington, D.C.
- Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School
- Capital Crescent Trail
- Chevy Chase Bank headquarters
- Consumer Product Safety Commission
- Bethesda's Madonna of the Trail monument
- Marriott International headquarters
- Television stations WTTG and WDCA
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The station opened on August 25, 1984. 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 Friendship Heights, Grosvenor, Medical Center and Tenleytown stations. In October 2013, a new staircase appeared between the mezzanine and platform. In October 2014, the replacement of the first of three entrance escalators at the station began. The escalator site preparation, demolition, construction, installation and testing was projected to take approximately 42 weeks to complete. The $8.4 million project was completed on March 22, 2017.
The station's construction has been a major boon to the area, with several office buildings being built on (in the Bethesda Metro Center complex) and around it.
The Purple Line system is under construction as of 2022 and is scheduled to open in 2026.
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Like the other 10 stations in the system constructed with rock tunneling, Bethesda station is deep underground. Its platform is more than 120 feet (37 m) below the street level. Prior to the opening of the Wheaton station, the Bethesda station had the longest escalator in the Western Hemisphere, at 212 feet (65 m), with a rise of 106 feet (32 m).
The main escalators descending to the station are located on the west side of Wisconsin Avenue, adjacent to the station's underground bus bays. A Metro-style tunnel connects passengers to the southeast corner of Wisconsin and Old Georgetown Road. A mezzanine provides fare control and access to the station's island platform within the station.
Between January 17 and December 24, 2022, the Bethesda Plaza entrance escalator was replaced with stairs that lead from the bus station to street level. The escalator was replaced because a canopy could not be accommodated that would provide protection from the elements for a new escalator.
A new southern entrance will allow for connections to the Purple Line, which will be located in a tunnel running above the Red Line tunnel.
|G||Street level||Exit/entrance, buses|
|M||Mezzanine||Fare gates, ticket machines, station agent|
|Westbound||← toward Grosvenor–Strathmore or Shady Grove (Medical Center)|
|Eastbound||toward Silver Spring or Glenmont (Friendship Heights) →|
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Source: "Bethesda station", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2023, February 10th), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bethesda_station.
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Foggy Bottom–GWU station
Red Line (Washington Metro)
Farragut North station
Dupont Circle station
Woodley Park station
Cleveland Park station
Van Ness–UDC station
Friendship Heights station
Medical Center station (Washington Metro)
North Bethesda station
Silver Spring station (Maryland)
Wheaton station (Washington Metro)
Crystal City station (Washington Metro)
Court House station
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- ^ a b Brisbane, Arthur S. (August 26, 1984), "All aboard; Metro festivities welcome latest Red Line extension", The Washington Post, p. A1
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- ^ Massimo, Rick (March 22, 2017). "Metro unveils new escalators in Bethesda". WTOP News. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
- ^ "Metro completes major escalator replacement project at Bethesda station" (Press release). WMATA. March 22, 2017. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
- ^ Shaver, Katherine (January 26, 2022). "Md. board approves $3.4 billion contract to complete Purple Line". The Washington Post.
- ^ Rivero, Cristina (June 7, 2016). "See some of the reasons why Metrorail is hard to maintain". The Washington Post.
- ^ "Bethesda Metro Station South Entrance". Montgomery County, MD Capital Budget. Retrieved February 6, 2021.
- ^ Johnson, Matt (July 8, 2014). "What are the 10 longest Metro escalators?". Greater Greater Washington. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
- ^ Dooley, Erin (August 3, 2015). "Second Longest Escalator in the Western Hemisphere Makes Its Debut". ABC News. Retrieved February 6, 2021.
- ^ Lynton, Steven J. (July 26, 1984). "Metro Shows Off 5 New Stops: Montgomery Slated to Get Red Line Service in Month". The Washington Post. ProQuest 138270532. Retrieved February 10, 2021.
- ^ "New Bethesda Plaza Entrance Stairs". Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. January 2022.
- ^ Shaver, Katherine (December 10, 2021). "Cost of new Bethesda Metro entrance near Purple Line increases by $22.6 million". The Washington Post.
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