Largo Town Center station

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Largo Town Center
WMATA Metro Logo.svg WMATA Blue.svg WMATA Silver.svg rapid transit station
Washington DC metro station largo town center.jpg
Location9000 Lottsford Road & Largo Town Center
Largo, MD 20774
Coordinates38°54′2.1″N 76°50′40.3″W / 38.900583°N 76.844528°W / 38.900583; -76.844528Coordinates: 38°54′2.1″N 76°50′40.3″W / 38.900583°N 76.844528°W / 38.900583; -76.844528
Owned byWashington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
Platforms1 island platform
Tracks2
ConnectionsBus transport Metrobus: C21, C22, C26, C27, C29
Bus transport TheBus: 21, 26, 28
Construction
Structure typeElevated
Parking2,200 spaces
Bicycle facilities4 racks
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station codeG05
History
OpenedDecember 18, 2004; 14 years ago (2004-12-18)
Traffic
Passengers (2017)4,565 daily [1]Increase 9.29%
Services
Preceding station WMATA Metro Logo.svg Washington Metro Following station
Morgan Boulevard Blue Line Terminus
Morgan Boulevard Silver Line

Largo Town Center is an island-platformed Washington Metro station in Lake Arbor census-designated place, unincorporated Prince George's County, Maryland, United States, with a Largo postal address.[2][3][2]

The station was opened on December 18, 2004, and is operated by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). Providing service for the Blue and Silver Lines, it is the eastern terminus of the Blue and Silver Lines, and serves the town of Largo and The Boulevard at the Capital Centre.

It is the first and so far only station in Prince George's County outside the Capital Beltway, and is located about a mile from FedExField, the home of the Washington Redskins. Largo Town Center is also a major commuter station, with two parking garages, containing a total of 2,200 spaces, connected by a bridge at the top level.

History[edit]

In 1980, Herbert Harris and other local legislators introduced legislation to study the feasibility of constructing an additional 47 miles (76 km) to the original 103-mile (166 km) network. Included in this request was a previously considered 13-mile (21 km) extension of the Blue Line through Largo en route to a proposed terminus at Bowie.[4]

In October 1996, the proposed routing for the extension of the Blue Line to Largo received a favorable environmental impact statement thus allowing for the project to move forward.[5] The plan represented the first expansion to the original 103-mile (166 km) Metro network and would include both the then named Summerfield and Largo stations.[5] The station gained approval from Congress as part of the extension in February 2000 with the federal government contributing $259 million towards its construction.[6]

Construction began in 2001, and the station opened on December 18, 2004.[7] Its opening coincided with the completion of 3.2 miles (5.1 km)[8] of rail east of the Addison Road station and the opening of the Morgan Boulevard station.[7] The final cost of building it, its sister station and rail extension was $456 million.[9]

In December 2012, Largo Town Center was one of five stations added to the route of the Silver Line, which was originally supposed to end at the Stadium–Armory station, but was extended into Prince George's County, Maryland to Largo Town Center due to safety concerns about a pocket track just past Stadium–Armory.[10] Therefore, Largo Town Center is also the eastern terminus of the Silver Line, which began service on July 26, 2014.[11]

Station layout[edit]

P
Platform level
Westbound WMATA Blue.svg toward Franconia – Springfield (Morgan Boulevard)
WMATA Silver.svg toward Wiehle – Reston East (Morgan Boulevard)
WMATA Blue.svg and WMATA Silver.svg alighting passengers only →
Island platform, doors will open on the left or right
Westbound WMATA Blue.svg toward Franconia–Springfield (Morgan Boulevard)
WMATA Silver.svg toward Wiehle–Reston East (Morgan Boulevard)
WMATA Blue.svg and WMATA Silver.svg alighting passengers only →
M Mezzanine One-way faregates, ticket machines, station agent
G Street level Exit/entrance

Notable places nearby[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Metrorail Average Weekday Passenger Boardings" (PDF). WMATA. Retrieved July 31, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "2010 CENSUS - CENSUS BLOCK MAP (INDEX): Lake Arbor CDP, MD." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on September 1, 2018. Pages: 1 and 2.
  3. ^ "Largo Town Center." Washington Metro. Retrieved on September 9, 2018. "9000 Lottsford Road Largo, MD 20774"
  4. ^ Staff Reporters (June 26, 1980). "Area legislators ask study of 47 more miles of Metrorail". The Washington Post. p. C1.
  5. ^ a b Fehr, Stephen C. (October 18, 1996). "Plan to extend P.G. Metro line moves forward; Environmental study allows Largo stops". The Washington Post. p. C3.
  6. ^ Layton, Lyndsey (February 4, 2000). "Federal funds promised for new Metrorail stops". The Washington Post. p. A1.
  7. ^ a b Dana, Rebecca (December 19, 2004). "Metro, Prince George's extend their reach; Two new Blue Line stations open, bringing passengers and economic potential". The Washington Post. p. C2.
  8. ^ Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (July 2009). "Sequence of Metrorail openings" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on January 13, 2010. Retrieved July 28, 2010.
  9. ^ Partlow, Joshua (January 1, 2005). "Newest stations to ease game-day crush; Redskins fans await rail, trail to FedEx". The Washington Post. p. B3.
  10. ^ Aratani, Lori (December 5, 2012). "Metro details Silver Line service changes". The Washington Post. Retrieved July 8, 2016.
  11. ^ Halsey, Ashley (July 26, 2014). "All aboard! Metro's new Silver Line rolls down the tracks for the first time". The Washington Post. Retrieved July 8, 2016.

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