Arlington Cemetery station

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Arlington Cemetery
WMATA Metro Logo.svg WMATA Blue.svg rapid transit station
Arlington Cemetery Metro III.jpg
Location1000 North Memorial Drive
Arlington, VA 22211
Coordinates38°53′4.5″N 77°3′47.1″W / 38.884583°N 77.063083°W / 38.884583; -77.063083Coordinates: 38°53′4.5″N 77°3′47.1″W / 38.884583°N 77.063083°W / 38.884583; -77.063083
Owned byWMATA
Platforms2 side platforms
Tracks2
Construction
Structure typeOpen-cut
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station codeC06
History
OpenedJuly 1, 1977; 41 years ago (July 1, 1977)
Traffic
Passengers (2017)1,476 daily [1]Decrease 5.08%
Services
Preceding station WMATA Metro Logo.svg Washington Metro Following station
Pentagon Blue Line Rosslyn
Location
Arlington Cemetery is located in Washington, D.C.
Arlington Cemetery
Arlington Cemetery
Location within Washington, D.C.

Arlington Cemetery is a side platformed Washington Metro station in Arlington, Virginia, United States. The station was opened on July 1, 1977, and is operated by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). The station provides service for only the Blue Line, and is located at the entrance to Arlington National Cemetery, underneath Memorial Drive. There is no public parking near the station except at the cemetery, which is reserved for cemetery visitors. It is the only station that closes earlier than the rest of the system, closing at 7 PM from October to March, and 10 PM from April to September.[2] The station is also unique in its design. It is just below ground level, and is only covered by a bridge carrying Memorial Drive.

The station is one of three stations to be exclusively serviced by the Blue Line. The rest of the Blue Line's stations are shared with the Yellow Line to the south (except for two of the southernmost stations), and with the Silver Line and Orange Line to the north.

History[edit]

View from outbound end of station, showing canopy

The station opened on July 1, 1977.[3] Its opening coincided with the completion of 11.8 miles (19.0 km)[4] of rail between National Airport and RFK Stadium and the opening of the Capitol South, Crystal City, Eastern Market, Farragut West, Federal Center SW, Federal Triangle, Foggy Bottom–GWU, L'Enfant Plaza, McPherson Square, National Airport, Pentagon, Pentagon City, Potomac Avenue, Rosslyn, Smithsonian, and Stadium–Armory stations.[5]

In May 2018, Metro announced an extensive renovation of platforms at twenty stations across the system. The platforms at the Arlington Cemetery station would be rebuilt in September 2021.[6]

Station layout[edit]

Escalators from Memorial Drive go down two levels to the mezzanine, where customers may purchase SmarTrip cards at vending machines and pass through the faregates. Escalators on the other side of the faregates then go up to the platforms. Elevators go directly to the platforms with one two-way faregate for each elevator at platform level.

G Street level Exit/entrance
P
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Southbound WMATA Blue.svg toward Franconia–Springfield (Pentagon)
Northbound WMATA Blue.svg toward Largo Town Center (Rosslyn)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
M Mezzanine One-way faregates, ticket machines, station agent

Notable places nearby[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Metrorail Average Weekday Passenger Boardings" (PDF). WMATA. Retrieved July 31, 2018.
  2. ^ "Arlington Cemetery". WMATA. Retrieved March 27, 2018.
  3. ^ Feaver, Douglas B. (July 1, 1977). "Today, Metro could be U.S. model". The Washington Post. p. A1.
  4. ^ "Sequence of Metrorail openings" (PDF). Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. 2017. p. 3. Retrieved March 27, 2018.
  5. ^ "Metro's newest stations: Where they are, what's nearby". The Washington Post. June 24, 1977.
  6. ^ "Metro wants to rebuild 20 station platforms over three years, creating SafeTrack-like disruptions". Washington Post. May 7, 2018. Retrieved February 19, 2019.

External links[edit]

Media related to Arlington Cemetery (WMATA station) at Wikimedia Commons