Morgan Boulevard station

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Morgan Boulevard
WMATA Metro Logo.svg WMATA Blue.svg WMATA Silver.svg rapid transit station
Morgan Boulevard Station.jpg
Location300 Garrett Morgan Boulevard
Landover, MD 20785
Owned byWashington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
Platforms1 island platform
Tracks2
ConnectionsBus transport TheBus: 22, 24, 26
Construction
Structure typeOpen-cut
Parking635 spaces
Bicycle facilities9 racks, 40 lockers
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station codeG04
History
OpenedDecember 18, 2004; 14 years ago (December 18, 2004)
Previous namesSummerfield (while under construction)
Traffic
Passengers (2017)2,881 daily [1]Increase 63.97%
Services
Preceding station WMATA Metro Logo.svg Washington Metro Following station
Addison Road Blue Line Largo Town Center
Terminus
Addison Road Silver Line

Morgan Boulevard is an island-platformed Washington Metro station in Summerfield census-designated place, Prince George's County, Maryland, United States, with a Landover postal address.[2][3] The station was opened on December 18, 2004, and is operated by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). It provides service for the Blue and Silver Lines.

Facilities and nearby landmarks[edit]

The station is located on Garrett Morgan Boulevard, one mile from FedExField, home to the Washington Redskins. The stadium is about a 19-20 minute walk from the station.

This is one of the few stations not served by Metrobus. The Prince George's County bus system, called simply TheBus, serves this station. The platform at this station is wider than others and the station features double the number of faregates of similar stations because of the large volumes of passengers using it before and after football games.[4] For commuters, there is a day care facility at the station.[citation needed]

History[edit]

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 by 2002 its name was changed to Morgan Boulevard as a result of the Prince George's County Board changing the name of the street from Summerfield Boulevard to Morgan Boulevard in memory of the African-American inventor Garrett Morgan.[7] The station opened on December 18, 2004.[8] Its opening coincided with the completion of 3.2 miles (5.1 km)[9] of rail east of the Addison Road station and the opening of the Largo Town Center station.[8] The final cost of building it, its sister station and the rail extension was $456 million.[4]

In December 2012, Morgan Boulevard 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 the Largo Town Center station (the eastern terminus of the Blue Line) due to safety concerns about a pocket track just past Stadium-Armory.[10] Silver Line service at Morgan Boulevard began on July 26, 2014.[11]

Station layout[edit]

G Street level Exit/entrance
M Mezzanine One-way faregates, ticket machines, station agent
P
Platform level
Westbound WMATA Blue.svg toward Franconia – Springfield (Addison Road)
WMATA Silver.svg toward Wiehle – Reston East (Addison Road)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Eastbound WMATA Blue.svg and WMATA Silver.svg toward Largo Town Center (Terminus)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Metrorail Average Weekday Passenger Boardings" (PDF). WMATA. May 2017. Retrieved February 5, 2018.
  2. ^ "2010 CENSUS - CENSUS BLOCK MAP: Summerfield CDP, MD" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved September 7, 2018.
  3. ^ "Morgan Boulevard." Washington Metro. Retrieved on September 7, 2018. "300 Garrett Morgan Blvd. Landover, MD 20785"
  4. ^ a b Partlow, Joshua (January 1, 2005). "Newest stations to ease game-day crush; Redskins fans await rail, trail to FedEx". The Washington Post. p. B3.
  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. ^ Meyer, Eugene L. (August 17, 2002). "Base living with cheers, a few fears". The Washington Post. p. J1.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ "Sequence of Metrorail openings" (PDF). Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. 2017. p. 3. Retrieved February 5, 2018.
  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.

External links[edit]

Media related to Morgan Boulevard (WMATA station) at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 38°53′36.9″N 76°52′6.5″W / 38.893583°N 76.868472°W / 38.893583; -76.868472