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The station is located in the Anacostia neighborhood of Southeast Washington, with entrances at Shannon Place and Howard Road, near Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue – a major street servicing the southern portion of the city.
Anacostia was the Green Line's southern terminus from December 28, 1991, when Green Line service first began to Anacostia, to January 13, 2001, with the opening of the line to Branch Avenue. Many people still depart here to ride on bus lines that serve the southeast neighborhoods better than the newer stations.
The architecture at Anacostia is unusual. Due to the shallow depth of the station, the usual arched ceiling would have been impractical. Instead, the architecture consists of flat concrete walls, and a ceiling consisting of multiple small barrel vaults similar to the upper coffers in the six-coffer arch station design, oriented perpendicular to the tracks. Also because of the water table from the nearby Anacostia river and DC-295, Anacostia has a slightly longer platform. In addition, there are no pylons on the platform at Anacostia.
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