Metro Station -- L'Enfant Plaza:
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- METEN_200817_59.JPG: Initially during the shutdown, all of the trains in use were using the 7000 series cars. Those were the ones that had been introduced in 2015 and are easily spotted because of their stainless steel exteriors. All trains were 8 cars in order to allow for social distancing, and, initially, the first and last cars were left empty for the safety of the train conductor. That last rule was lifted during the weekend of the major BLM protests and never went back to the old way.
You can't use exclusively 7000-series if you're going back to old service levels. As such, Metro brought 3000-series trains. Those cars were introduced in 1987 and account for one-quarter of Metro's rolling stock. They also resumed using 6-car trains.
- Description of Subject Matter: L'Enfant Plaza
7th & D St. station entrance walls.
H-E-L-L-O and Space Set, 2005
Porcelain enamel photographs
Diameter: 10' (x 2)
Two porcelain enamel circular photomurals by photographer William Wegman, depicting his Weimaraner dogs in faux NASA space suits. The photographs were installed at L'Enfant Plaza station due to its close proximity to the NASA Administrative Offices and the National Air and Space Museum.
The photos were part of a commission from the NASA Art Program and were primarily funded by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities in partnership with the Metro Art in Transit Program.
William Wegman was born in 1943 in Holyoke, Massachusetts. He received a B.F.A. in painting from the Massachusetts College of Art, Boston in 1965 and an M.F.A. in painting from the University of Illinois, Champagne-Urbana in 1967. Famed for his popular images of Weimaraner dogs acting out in human situations, Wegman put his subjects in a space suit loaned by NASA. The finished photos of dogs floating in microgravity are displayed on a pair of circular murals in the L'Enfant Plaza Metro Station, one of the busiest stops of the DC Metro system.
The above was from https://www.wmata.com/initiatives/art-in-transit/ait-lenfant.cfm
- Wikipedia Description: L'Enfant Plaza (WMATA station)
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L'Enfant Plaza is a Washington Metro station in the Southwest Federal Center neighborhood of Washington, D.C., United States. The station was opened on July 1, 1977, and is operated by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). It is a transfer station, with service for both the Blue and Orange Lines provided on an island platform on the lower level, and for both the Green and Yellow Lines provided on a pair of side platforms on the upper level. The station is also scheduled to be on the Silver Line route, which is expected to start operations in 2013. 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, it will be the only station in the system to be served by five lines. Only the Red Line does not serve the station.
The station is located in Southwest Washington, with entrances at the L'Enfant Plaza shopping 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 former United States Department of Transportation building. It is in the center of an area crowded with federal buildings, and is a transfer point allowing passengers to easily cross the Potomac between Virginia and central Washington, making it a very busy station. L'Enfant Plaza is named for the French-American planner of Washington, D.C., Pierre (Peter) Charles L’Enfant.
The station opened on July 1, 1977. Its opening coincided with the completion of 11.8 miles (19.0 km) of rail between National Airport and RFK Stadium and the opening of the Arlington Cemetery, Capitol South, Crystal City, Eastern Market, Farragut West, Federal Center SW, Federal Triangle, Foggy Bottom–GWU, McPherson Square, National Airport, Pentagon, Pentagon City, Potomac Avenue, Rosslyn, Smithsonian and Stadium–Armory stations. Orange Line service to the station began upon the line's opening on November 20, 1978; Yellow Line service to the station began upon the line's opening on April 30, 1983; and Green Line service to the station began upon the line's opening on May 11, 1991.
Adjacent to the Metro station, between 6th and 7th Streets, is the Virginia Railway Express L'Enfant station, which also provides commuter rail service both to Fredericksburg and to Manassas Regional Airport in Bristow.
Notable nearby locations:
* L'Enfant Plaza
* National Mall
* Several Smithsonian Institution museums, including:
o Arts and Industries Building (currently closed)
o Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
o National Air and Space Museum
* Several federal government buildings, including:
o James V. Forrestal Building, the Department of Energy headquarters
o Robert C. Weaver Federal Building, the Department of Housing and Urban Development headquarters
o Federal Aviation Administration
o United States Postal Service
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