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Metro's 17-Foot Long "Experimental Station" in 1968
WMATA spent $69,000 for the sample station in May 1968.  After just a few weeks of construction, it measured 64 feet in width, 30 feet in height, and just 17 feet in length.  It marked a key milestone in the capital subway project - a massive planning and engineering effort that started in the 1950s.
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When Did Metro Open in D.C.?
Metro in Washington DC opened on March 27th, 1976. All rides were free that day on the 4.6 miles of tracks.
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Mid-1960s Vision for Washington's Metro System
The proposals were published to convince transit officials that the 19-mile system authorized by Congress within the city - part of a 25-mile network extending into the suburbs -would be inadequate by 1985.
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Proposed D.C. Subway During World War II
Near the end of World War II, there was an interesting proposal to build a subway in the District to alleviate post-war traffic.
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Take a Look Back in Time: Photos of Metro Center Under Construction in 1973
Take a look back in time with these amazing photos of Metro Center under construction in 1973. Don't miss these other great old Metro photos showing Dupont Circle!
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Original Subway Planned for Downtown D.C. in 1912
Washington DC almost has a subway started in 1912, well before WMATA and Metro opened in 1976. Learn about what almost was built in the District.
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Exploring a Metro Map Done with Braille – What Date is This?
Explore a Metro map done with braille and discover its date. This map stops at Silver Spring, so it's some time before 1990, when Forest Glen was built. Find out more in this blog post.
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Revisiting the Construction of the Washington DC Metro
Take a look back in time at the construction of the Washington DC Metro with photos from the Metro's Facebook page. See the work that went into building the tunnel near Forest Glen, emergency stairs, Silver Spring station, Gallery Place-Chinatown and Archives.
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The Arrival of Metro in Brookland: Remembering an Article from 1977
Brookland is now an up-and-coming neighborhood in Washington DC, but it wasn't always this way. In 1977, the Washington Post printed an article about how Metro was about to arrive. Read on to learn more about the past and present of this DC neighborhood.
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Never Built: Metro's Bridge Over Rock Creek
In these 1966 drawings, train cars roll under Connecticut Avenue, but above Rock Creek. These amazing early Metro plans never came to fruition. They depict the Red Line between Dupont Circle and Woodley Park.
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A Rare Look at the Dupont Circle Metro Station - Vintage Photos of Washington, D.C.
Check out this rare vintage photo of the Dupont Circle Metro Station in Washington, D.C.! See what this station looked like in the past and explore the historical context of this iconic station.
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What If The Kennedy Center Had Its Own Metro Station?
Imagine if the Kennedy Center had its own Metro station. Here's an article from the Washington Post from 1966 that explores the estimated cost and feasibility of making this a reality.
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This Retro Metro Infomercial from the 1970s Is Amazing!
Check out this amazing retro DC Metro infomercial from the 1970s! Thanks to GoDCer Harrison for sharing this awesome find on InTheCapital.
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From 1941: Washington's Traffic Problem and the Possibility of a Subway
Read this fascinating article from the Washington Post from April 8th, 1941, when only Boston, New York and Philadelphia had subways. Learn about the traffic problem in Washington at the time and the possibility of a subway being built.
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The History of Washington DC's Metro Center Station
Learn about the history of Washington DC's Metro Center Station, from the 1969 plans for the station to the current hub of the DC Metro. Discover stories about the station's construction and how it became the bustling hub it is today.
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A Letter From A GoDCer: A 20-Year-Old Documentary on Vintage DC Street Scenes
We love getting stuff like this from readers! Check out the 20-year-old documentary from a GoDCer that documents some vintage DC street scenes and urban storefronts, including the Dor-Ne Corset Shoppe, The Wiz Records, Fort Stevens Liquor Store and more. Watch the video on Youtube now!
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Uncovering the Mystery of WMATA's "Halloween In Washington" Sketch
Discover the mystery behind one of WMATA's earliest sketches, "Halloween In Washington." Learn more about the sketch's history, significance and the clues that point to when it was made.
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Metro Trains Were Almost Bright Red!
Washington Metro cars were almost bright red. Early mockups had the trains looking tomato red.
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Three Random Stories About Farragut Square
What is the history of Farragut Square in Washington, DC? Read three great stories from its past.
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Washington Metrobus Strike in 1974
When was the bus strike in Washington, DC? In 1974 it created a traffic nightmare for commuters.
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