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This article describes the Washington Metro station. For the physical plaza, see L'Enfant Plaza.

L'Enfant Plaza is a Washington Metro station in Washington, D.C. served by the Blue, Green, Orange, and Yellow Lines. It is a transfer station with the Blue and Orange lines on the lower level, crossed by the Yellow and Green lines on the upper level. It is also where the Yellow and Green lines converge going north. It is the only station in the system to be served by four lines; when the Silver Line begins service in 2011, it will be the only station in the system to be served by five lines.

The station is located in Southwest, with entrances at the L'Enfant Plaza mall concourse at 9th and D Streets, on D Street between 6th and 7th Streets, at Maryland Avenue and 7th Street, and in the courtyard of the Department of Transportation building. It is in the center of an area crowded with federal buildings, and is a transfer station to easily cross the Potomac between Virginia and central Washington, making it a very busy station. Service began on the Blue and Orange level on July 1, 1977, and on the Green and Yellow level on April 30, 1983. This is the only case where a station's lower level began service before the upper level.

It is somewhat of a joke amongst veteran Metro riders that Metro train operators commonly mispronounce the French name "L'Enfant" as "luh-font." The correct pronunciation is "lohn-FOHN," the "t" is silent and the first "n" is not.

L'Enfant Plaza is named for the French architect of the Federal District, Pierre Charles L'Enfant.

Notable nearby locationsEdit

Previous station Washington Metro Next station
  Green Line  
toward Greenbelt
toward Huntington
  Yellow Line  
  Blue Line  
toward Vienna
  Orange Line  
toward Route 772
  Silver Line (planned)  
Previous station Virginia Railway Express Next station
  Manassas Line  
  Fredericksburg Line  

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