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The station is located in the Northeast quadrant of the city under the western end of Union Station, the main train station for Washington, at which connections can be made to Amtrak intercity trains as well as the Virginia Railway Express and MARC regional rail trains to the suburbs.
It features an island platform with two exits, one mid-platform leading into the main part of the station and Massachusetts Avenue and the other at the northern end emptying onto 1st Street NE and to the main boarding concourse.
The station was originally named "Union Station-Visitor Center" but when the National Visitors Center there failed, it was renamed to Union Station. In fact, one or two pylons still read "Union Station-Visitor Center." In addition, a number of older stations still display this name on signage.
Service began on March 27, 1976 with the opening of the Red Line.
Notable places nearbyEdit
- Union Station
- United States Capitol
- Capitol Hill
- Capitol Police Headquarters
- CNN Washington Bureau
- Columbus Circle
- Dirksen Senate Office Building
- Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
- Folger Shakespeare Library
- Georgetown University Law Center
- Gonzaga College High School
- Government Printing Office
- Hall of States
- Hart Senate Office Building
- Heritage Foundation
- Japanese-American Memorial
- National Guard Memorial
- National Postal Museum
- Russell Senate Office Building
- Securities and Exchange Commission
- Supreme Court of the United States
- Sursum Corda Cooperative
- Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building
- Washington, D.C. bus terminal
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