Metro turned 43 today! The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority opened the first section of the Red Line in 1976 at the future Rhode Island-Brentwood station in Northeast D.C. Take a look at photos from opening day, courtesy of WMATA,
Two girls at the opening day celebrations at the Rhode Island Ave. Metro station in 1976. The station was the start of the Red Line, which stretched to Farragut North in downtown Washington.
Regional leaders at the inauguration of the Red Line and the Rhode Island Ave. Metro station. The Red Line was made up of five stations, all in the District of Columbia.
On Metro's Opening Day, passengers rode along the Red Line aboard the 1000-series rail cars manufactured by Rohr Industries. New 7000-series trains began to replace these oldest cars in 2016.
Hundreds lined up to ride the new D.C. Metro on March 27, 1976. Here, the new Rhode Island Ave. station is pictured in the background with Metro's inaugural theme: "Here and Now."
On opening day, buses brought rail passengers to the new Rhode Island Ave. station. Here, a 1974 AM General Metrobus is pictured under the new Metro rail cars.
Here a passenger and a station manager posed in front of the new Red Line station in 1976. The new Red Line had stops at Union Station (then called Union Station-Visitor Center), Judiciary Square, Gallery Place, Metro Center and Farragut North.
Young children wait to board a train at the Rhode Island Ave. station.