Thrillist created this hilarious map of what DC’s Metro stations are actually like. To see a more detailed version of the map click here


L’Enfant Plaza Metro station fire/smoke

The latest:

  • One dead, two in critical condition, with many others taken to hospitals.
  • L’Enfant Plaza Metro station was evacuated and closed for smoke.
  • Service is suspended near L’Enfant on the Yellow and Green Lines.
  • Orange, Blue and Silver line trains are bypassing L’Enfant.
  • Train passengers were evacuated from a train in a tunnel.

Updated 6:47 p.m.

Metro General Manager Richard Sarles said one of the passengers injured the tunnel incident has died. The woman has not been identified pending notification of next of kin, he said.

In addition, Sarles said two people were in critical condition at George Washington Hospital; 40 were transported by bus to Howard University Hospital, and another 20 to 25 people were taken to Washington Hospital Center.

Sarles said that since the incident involved a fatality, the Metropolitan Police Department would now be involved in the investigation.


WMATA still doesnt understand what accountability is. Metro continues to get worse every year. I hope the family of the woman that passrd away sues the hell out of Metro


WMATA planning map, dated March 1, 1968 and last revised by the WMATA Board on June 11, 1970

Please view a full-size, searchable version of the map. (Navigational tools are at the bottom of the map.)

On March 1, 1968, WMATA officially adopted a 97.2 mile regional system in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. On February 7, 1969, WMATA revisited the rapid rail plan and relocated three of the stations, calling instead for 97.7 miles of track. The total system cost was $2.5 billion ($15.9 billion in today’s dollars) consisting of $835 million of revenue bonds issued by WMATA, $1.1 billion in federal funding, and $573.5 million from local sources. On June 11, 1970, the WMATA Board adopted a realignment of 2.5 miles of a mid-city route to better serve the city center. A version of the map that notes these changes is posted above. 

Metro originally had a future route planned to Dulles Airport–the final destination of Phase 2 of the soon-to-open Silver Line–the first half of which (to McLean, Tysons, Greensboro, Spring Hill, and Wiehle-Reston) is scheduled to begin service on Saturday, July 26, 2014.

The 1968 version of WMATA’s planning map also features a different path for a route that would materialize as Metro’s Green Line. The proposed north-south route through the District was set to feature a station near Logan Circle and run north toward a terminus in Laurel, Md. An alternate route trajectory, which was being studied by WMATA and was approved in 1970, ran up-and-down 7th Street NW and featured stations located near what are now the Mt Vernon Sq 7th St-Convention Center and Shaw-Howard U Metro Stations. 

According to this map, Metro also planned for a Metro line along a route that is similar to one followed by the proposed Columbia Pike streetcar in Arlington, Va.  

Pro Tip: Note how the Metro Station names have changed over time.