United States Capitol Subway

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United States Capitol Subway - US Capitol station on the Dirksen/Hart Line
United States Capitol Subway - En route on the Dirksen/Hart Line
United States Capitol Subway - Senate Subway car from 1915 on display
United States Capitol Subway - Maintenance on a Russell Line open car
United States Capitol Subway - Russell Line car at the US Capitol station
United States Capitol Subway - House Subway open car at the Russell House Office Building
United States Capitol Subway - Dirksen station on the Dirksen/Hart Line

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Andy99 Andy99
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Riding the Senate and House Subways Aug 21, 2009
Underneath the US Capitol building runs one of the more unusual transit systems that you'll encounter. Linking the Capitol building to the Congressional office buildings are the Senate Subway and House Subway. These are functional transit systems, meant to transport Members of Congress and their staffs quickly from offices to the Capitol for voting sessions and hearings. However, the general public can ride the system, too. (You may need to be on a tour or escorted by someone with an approriate ID, though.)

There are three separate systems. The House Subway runs from the Rayburn House Office Bulding to the House wing of the Capitol. The Senate Subway has two lines--one from the Russell Senate Office Building and one from the Dirksen and Hart Senate Office Buildings to the Capitol. The Rayburn and Russell lines have open tram-like vehicles while the Dirken/Hart line is similar to an automated airport people mover.

The Seante Subway dates to 1909, but the House Subway, installed in 1965 with the completion of the Rayburn Bulding, is more recent. A samll display on its history is in the Russell Building. (The Capitol Subway is not related to the Washington Metro subway system and is not connected to it.)

It's best to ride the Capitol Subway when Congress is not in session. You may want to ride just for the experience and to say you've been on it--railfans and transit enthusiasts definitely will want to experience all three lines. Or, you may want to rides the Senate Subway to have lunch in one of the Senate cafeterias. In any case, it's different!
US Capitol station on the Dirksen/…
En route on the Dirksen/Hart Line
Senate Subway car from 1915 on dis…
Maintenance on a Russell Line open…
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troysgonewalkabout says:
Andy, this was fascinating. Thanks!
Posted on: Aug 15, 2011
dclemurgirl says:
Wow, I've lived in DC for 10 years and did not know these existed!
Posted on: Aug 11, 2011
maryanntravel says:
It looks very interesting, I did not know that such a system existed!
Posted on: Aug 03, 2010
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