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The Metrorail system of the US capital has been designed by Harry Weese & Associates to be America's grandest subway and was inaugurated in 1976. The Commission of Fine Arts, which had to approve the design, favoured the station design with coffered vaults [chnm.gmu.edu], [railwayage.com].

Photo: Capitol South station.

Works of art can be found in many stations [wmata.com/about/]. All stations above ground in Washington, as well as the underground ones, have been constructed using the same selection of materials consistently throughout the system. A unique detail are the rows of lamps on all platform edges which start flashing when a train approaches.

Photo: Arlington Cemetery station.



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