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Gallery Place-Chinatown is a Washington Metro station in Washington, D.C. on the Green, Red and Yellow Lines. It is a transfer station between the Red Line and the other two lines.

Gallery Place-Chinatown is located in Northwest Washington, with entrances at 7th and F, 7th and H, and 9th and G Streets. The station is right under and serves the Verizon Center, and the surrounding Chinatown and Penn Quarter neighborhoods in downtown Washington, D.C. The station is located very close to Metro Center, such that the lights of one are visible down the tunnel from the other.

The station was originally named "Gallery Place", after the nearby National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum. In 1986, "Chinatown" was added to the name of the station, and in 2000, a large Chinese-style fan, entitled The Glory of the Chinese Descendants, was installed over the 7th and H Street entrance. [1]

Service Edit

Service began on December 15, 1976, as part of the original Red line that ran from Farragut North to Rhode Island Avenue. The opening of the station was delayed by a court order over lack of handicapped access, as it was originally supposed to open with the rest of the first stations on March 27, 1976. WMATA provided assurance that such access would be available by June 1, 1977.

Yellow line service was added on April 30, 1983, adding service to the Pentagon, and National Airport. In 1991, Green line service was added, with service at the time to U Street and Anacostia.

Improvements Edit

Plans are in the works to add a pedestrian tunnel to connect Gallery Place-Chinatown with Metro Center, with details in Metro's Capital Improvement Plan dated September 12, 2002.

Beginning in 2004, this station has been the site of testing for new signage. As a result, there is far more signage in this station than most others, including lighted signs, as well as signage that isn't found anywhere else in the system.

Notable places nearby Edit

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