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Capitol South
Capitol South Station 2.jpg
Station statistics
Address 355 1st Street, Southeast
Washington, D.C. 20003
Lines      Blue Line

     Orange Line

     Silver Line (planned)
Connections Metrobus
MTA Maryland Commuter Bus
OmniRide Commuter
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened July 1, 1977
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Code D05
Owned by Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
Passengers (2001) 2.794 million 0%
Preceding station   WMATA Metro Logo small.svg Washington Metro   Following station
Blue Line
Orange Line
toward Route 772
Silver Line (planned)

Capitol South is a Washington Metro station in Washington, D.C., on the Blue and Orange Lines. It is also on the planned Silver Line route. Service began on July 1, 1977.



Capitol South is located in the south-central section of the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, D.C. As such, it is surrounded by a wealth of government offices and buildings. Most importantly, it is the closest station to the Capitol Building which holds the Senate and House of Representatives.[1] All three buildings of the Library of Congress are within a quarter-of-a-mile radius of Capitol South as are the Democratic National Committee and Republican National Committee headquarters.[1] The Folger Shakespeare Library, the world's largest collection of printed Shakespearean works is a five minute walk west from the station.[1]

Station layout

There is only one entrance to the station located on the southwestern corner at the intersection of 1st Street SE and C Street SE.[1] A row of three escalators and a staircase brings passengers to a mezzanine level where they may buy tickets from vending machines and pass through faregates.[2] Once passengers pass through these faregates, a pair of escalators brings passengers onto the platform.[2] There are two elevators for handicapped passengers, one from street level to the mezzanine on the northwestern corner at the intersection of 1st Street SE and D Street SE and another between the mezzanine and platform.[2]

Capitol South station utilises an island platform layout with two tracks, D1 and D2.[3] Eastbound trains to New Carrollton or Largo Town Center use track D1 whilst westbound trains to Vienna/Fairfax–GMU or Franconia–Springfield.[3]



  1. ^ a b c d Capitol South station: 1st Street exit WMATA Retrieved 2009-01-25
  2. ^ a b c Capitol South station WMATA Retrieved 2009-01-25
  3. ^ a b John R Cambron track maps John R Cambron Retrieved 2009-01-25

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Coordinates: 38°53′8″N 77°0′21.8″W / 38.88556°N 77.006056°W / 38.88556; -77.006056



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