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Metro Center-Gallery Place, Washington, DC


Design Completed 2011, Construction TBD


Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority WMATA




Architectural Designer

The Pedestrian Passageway between Metro Center and Gallery Place is a passenger-free area (outside the paid zone of the Metro System) that will connect the Blue, Orange, and Silver Lines with the Yellow and Green Lines located in the two Red Line transfer stations. This connection will allow patrons to transfer between these lines without waiting for a red-line train. This connection is especially beneficial when there are events at the MCI Center where patrons travel between the orange and blue lines by eliminating the one-stop ride on the Red Line. The connection anticipates carrying approximately 12,000 patrons a day by 2030, with increases as ridership continues to grow. The new passageway is built on top of the Red Line as it runs between Metro Center and Gallery Place. The large curve in the passageway allows existing service areas to remain in place while providing good sight lines from one end of the passage to the other.

The free tunnel concept assumes an adjustment to the fare card system that allows patrons to leave through one fare gate and enter another at the other end of the passage without being charged a fee.

This project also proposes a Mezzanine-to-Mezzanine bridge connection in Gallery Place Station to ease congestion on the Red Line Platforms for patrons walking from Gallery Place to the Metro Center. When an event occurs at MCI, the Red Line Platforms become very crowded. The bridge over the platforms will prevent people from pushing from one end of the station to the other to walk toward the Metro Center.

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