Crystal City station (Washington Metro)

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Crystal City
WMATA Metro Logo.svg WMATA Blue.svg WMATA Yellow.svg rapid transit station
Crystal City.jpg
Location1750 South Clark Street
Arlington, VA 22202
Coordinates38°51′28″N 77°03′03″W / 38.857856°N 77.050874°W / 38.857856; -77.050874Coordinates: 38°51′28″N 77°03′03″W / 38.857856°N 77.050874°W / 38.857856; -77.050874
Owned byWMATA
Platforms2 side platforms
ConnectionsMainline rail interchange VRE (at Crystal City station)
Bus transport Arlington Transit: 43
Bus transport Fairfax Connector: 599
Bus transport Metrobus: 10N, 23A, 23B
Bus transport Metroway
Bus transport PRTC OmniRide
Structure typeUnderground
Bicycle facilities10 racks
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station codeC09
OpenedJuly 1, 1977; 42 years ago (July 1, 1977)
Passengers (2016)11,179 daily [1]Decrease 6.9% (Metro)
Preceding station WMATA Metro Logo.svg Washington Metro Following station
National Airport Blue Line Pentagon City
National Airport
toward Huntington
Yellow Line Pentagon City
toward Greenbelt
Preceding station Metroway Following station
18th & Crystal
One-way operation
Potomac Yard Pentagon City
23rd & Clark

Crystal City is a side platformed Washington Metro station in the Crystal City neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia, United States. The station was opened on July 1, 1977, and is operated by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). Providing service for both the Blue and Yellow Lines, the station is located on 18th Street in between the Jefferson Davis Memorial Highway and South Bell Street. The station is also accessible from the underground network of shopping centers and restaurants extending beneath Crystal City.

This is the final indoor transfer point between the Blue and Yellow lines in the southbound direction. In inclement weather, commuters may prefer to transfer at Crystal City rather than at King Street–Old Town, which is outdoors.

The station is also served by the Metroway bus rapid transit line. Some Metroway buses terminate here rather than at Pentagon City station.


The station opened on July 1, 1977.[2] Its opening coincided with the completion of 11.8 miles (19.0 km)[3] of rail between National Airport and RFK Stadium and the opening of the Arlington Cemetery, Capitol South, 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.[4]

Since summer 1992, Virginia Railway Express has a nearby station with the same name on Crystal Drive.[5]

On August 24, 2014, the Metroway Bus Rapid Transit system opened and started servicing Crystal City.[6]

In conjunction with the construction of Amazon HQ2 in National Landing, an area that comprises parts of Crystal City, Pentagon City, and Potomac Yard, a second entrance is being designed for the Crystal City Metro station. The new entrance will be located on Crystal Drive and 18th Street South, at the east end of the station, and would provide closer access to the Metroway stop.[7][8]

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Exit/entrance, bus and Metroway connections
M Mezzanine One-way faregates, ticket machines, station agent
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Southbound WMATA Blue.svg toward Franconia–Springfield (Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport)
WMATA Yellow.svg toward Huntington (Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport)
Northbound WMATA Blue.svg toward Largo Town Center (Pentagon City)
WMATA Yellow.svg toward Mount Vernon Square or Fort Totten (Pentagon City)
Side platform, doors will open on the right


  1. ^ "Metrorail Average Weekday Passenger Boardings" (PDF). WMATA. Retrieved April 26, 2017.
  2. ^ Feaver, Douglas B. (July 1, 1977). "Today, Metro could be U.S. model". The Washington Post. p. A1.
  3. ^ "Sequence of Metrorail openings" (PDF). Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. 2017. p. 3. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 2, 2018. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  4. ^ Staff Reporters (June 24, 1977). "Metro's newest stations: Where they are, what's nearby". The Washington Post.
  5. ^ Fehr, Stephen C. (June 18, 1992). "Getting on track; Fairfax ready to roll with its 3 commuter stations". The Washington Post.
  6. ^ "Metroway premium transit service starting this summer" (Press release). WMATA. July 1, 2014. Retrieved June 25, 2016.}
  7. ^ "Crystal City Metro Station Second Entrance". Projects & Planning. March 21, 2018. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  8. ^ "Amazon deal delivers 'certainty' for key transportation projects in Northern Virginia". Washington Post. February 16, 2019. Retrieved February 19, 2019.

External links[edit]

Crystal City Metro headhouse

Media related to Crystal City (WMATA station) at Wikimedia Commons