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This complex has sustained catastrophic damage and is only functioning at 22 percent of its full capability.M.A.R.Go.T.

The presidential metro is a network of pre-War metro tunnels in the Fallout 3 add-on Broken Steel. It connects various government buildings in the D.C. area, including the White House, the Capitol Building and Adams Air Force Base.


The presidential metro can be used by the Lone Wanderer to traverse from the presidential sub level beneath the White House with Adams Air Force Base and the Capitol Building's east wing. An automated defense system is headed by a computer system called Metro Authority Rapid Governmental Transit System. M.A.R.Go.T. controls the trains, robots, and other maintenance personnel.

The area is guarded by sentry bots and swarming with feral ghouls. At higher levels, multiple feral ghoul reavers will be present. The enemy groups may be fighting one another.

The metro can be activated by way of acquiring fuses from the destroyed presidential sentry bot or by killing the ghouls present. Once the ghouls are killed, the security breach will be considered cleared, and the presidential sentry bot will automatically replace the fuses. Reporting to M.A.R.Go.T will result in her reporting that the main repairs will now begin. The Lone Wanderer will then see the presidential sentry bot replace the fuse, enabling the metro.

Notable loot[]

  • Nuka-Cola Quantum in the equipment room, which connects the western and eastern lines.
  • A police hat can be found near M.A.R.Go.T. in the room where first encountered, and another by a skeleton by a caved-in area to the right when finding the ghouls.
  • A single mini nuke located in a half-buried train car at a tunnel dead-end.
  • Upwards of 20 pieces of scrap metal on shelves, in containers, and by the side of train tracks throughout the metro.

Related quests[]


  • About halfway down the second tunnel, one can look through a fence and watch two feral ghouls get splattered by a metro train.
  • If the player character did not find the senate employee ID, they can reprogram M.A.R.Go.T. with a high enough Science skill.
  • At the junction where the working metro can take one to Adams AFB, there are two locked doors requiring a key to enter. There is no key to be found, however. The doors open when the presidential metro bot is killed. More robots are found behind the doors, but no loot. If the presidential metro bot's combat inhibitor is crippled, causing it to frenzy, the other bots/turrets will attack it. However, the doors will not open.
  • Past the M.A.R.Go.T. computer entrance, at the end of the tracks, there is a garden gnome with a camera and on the tracks are two teddy bears tied to the tracks with a note saying "Help Us" between them.
  • If one has a high enough Science skill or the senate employee ID is found, M.A.R.Go.T. will report that the last time the metro line was in use was 200 years and 8 months before the current date.[1]


The presidential metro appears only in the Fallout 3 add-on Broken Steel.

Behind the scenes[]

  • The cutscene during which the player character travels through the subway on the train does not actually feature a working vehicle. The game equips the player character with a glove that resembles the inside of the train, with the player character running along the track at a very high speed, simulating moving through the subway on a train.[citation needed]
  • The system concept and station design bears resemblance to the real-world U.S. Capitol subway system.


  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 Occasionally, when a feral ghoul reaver is killed, it may fling back down the hall where it came from.[verified]
  • PCPC Xbox 360Xbox 360 Feral ghoul reavers in this area may be affected by a physics bug that causes them to jitter and shake rapidly. This makes them very difficult to target and rounds often pass through them without dealing any damage, even inside V.A.T.S. This may be related to the aforementioned bug, as when killed, they often fly some distance. Explosives still have full effect.[verified]
  • PCPC When activated and moving, the train can deviate from its correct travel path, clipping through the pillars and walls. There does not seem to be any way to fix this.[verification overdue]
  • Xbox 360Xbox 360 PCPC After talking to M.A.R.Go.T. and passing a Science check to override the security ID check, and then waiting for the security bots to eliminate the ghouls, the script becomes stagnant and the presidential metro sentinel unit will not fix the fuse panel.[verification overdue]



  1. The Lone Wanderer: "Has anyone else used the tunnels to the base?"
    M.A.R.Go.T.: "The last recorded person to use that line was approximately 200 years and 8 months ago. The tunnel and active train car have been sealed for safety ever since catastrophic damage to this facility was detected."
    (M.A.R.Go.T.'s dialogue)