Van Dorn Street station

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Van Dorn Street
WMATA Metro Logo.svg WMATA Blue.svg rapid transit station
WMATA Van Dorn Street station.jpg
Location5690 Eisenhower Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22310
Coordinates38°47′57″N 77°07′45″W / 38.79925°N 77.12922°W / 38.79925; -77.12922Coordinates: 38°47′57″N 77°07′45″W / 38.79925°N 77.12922°W / 38.79925; -77.12922
Owned byWMATA
Platforms1 island platform
ConnectionsBus transport DASH: AT1, AT5, AT7, AT8
Bus transport Fairfax Connector: 109, 231, 232, 321, 322
Bus transport Metrobus: 25B
Structure typeEmbankment
Parking361 spaces
Bicycle facilities20 racks, 6 lockers
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station codeJ01
OpenedJune 15, 1991; 28 years ago (June 15, 1991)
Passengers (2016)3,052 daily [1]Decrease 5.63%
Preceding station WMATA Metro Logo.svg Washington Metro Following station
Blue Line King Street–Old Town
Van Dorn Street station is located in Alexandria
Van Dorn Street station
Van Dorn Street station
Location within Alexandria
Van Dorn Street station is located in Northern Virginia
Van Dorn Street station
Van Dorn Street station
Van Dorn Street station (Northern Virginia)

Van Dorn Street is a Washington Metro station straddling the boundary between Fairfax County and the independent city of Alexandria in Virginia, United States. The station’s island platform lies in unincorporated Rose Hill in Fairfax County, while the station’s entrance and parking facilities are in Alexandria. The station was opened on June 15, 1991, and is operated by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). Providing service for the Blue Line, the station is located at South Van Dorn Street and Eisenhower Avenue, next to the Capital Beltway. From 1991 to 1997 it was the southwestern terminus of the Blue Line.


In June 1977, the city of Alexandria, Southern Railway, and the United Parcel Service reached an agreement allowing for Metro to retain the air rights for the construction of the Van Dorn station when funding became available.[2] After years of planning, in March 1987 Metro awarded a $32.3 million contract to complete the station by 1991 to Dillingham Construction of Pleasanton, California.[3] Originally slated to be part of the Yellow Line, in early 1990 it was decided Van Dorn would be served by the Blue Line with the Yellow Line being shifted to the Huntington station.[4] The station opened on June 15, 1991, with the completion of 3.9 miles (6.3 km) of rail west of the King Street – Old Town station.[5][6] Van Dorn Street would remain as the southwestern terminus of the Blue Line from its completion through the opening of the Franconia–Springfield station on June 29, 1997.[7]

On June 25, 2017, Yellow Line trains stopped serving the station due to the elimination of Rush+, which is part of major changes to the Metrorail system.[8]

In May 2018, Metro announced an extensive renovation of platforms at twenty stations across the system. The Blue and Yellow Lines south of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport station, including the Van Dorn Street station, would be closed from May to September 2019. The platform at this station would then be rebuilt starting in September 2019, necessitating single-track operations on the Blue Line for several weeks. A nearby rail bridge will also be rebuilt during the reconstruction.[9][10]

Station layout[edit]

Platform level
Southbound WMATA Blue.svg toward Franconia – Springfield (Terminus)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Northbound WMATA Blue.svg toward Largo Town Center (King Street – Old Town)
M Mezzanine One-way faregates, ticket machines, station agent
G Street Level Exit/ Entrance


  1. ^ "Metrorail Average Weekday Passenger Boardings" (PDF). WMATA. Retrieved April 26, 2017.
  2. ^ Feaver, Douglas B. (June 30, 1977), "Alexandria agreement saves Metro station site", The Washington Post, p. VA3
  3. ^ Henderson, Nell (March 13, 1987), "Metro awards contract to build Van Dorn Station", The Washington Post, p. C1
  4. ^ Henderson, Nell (March 16, 1990), "Metro seeks comments on budget that includes new rail stations", The Washington Post, p. D3
  5. ^ Staff Reporters (June 15, 1991), "Van Dorn Station to open", The Washington Post, p. B5
  6. ^ "Sequence of Metrorail openings" (PDF). WMATA. 2017. p. 3. Retrieved July 23, 2018.
  7. ^ Tousignant, Marylou (June 27, 1997), "At last, Metro reaches end of the Blue Line; Franconia-Springfield station to begin service on Sunday", The Washington Post, p. B1
  8. ^
  9. ^ "Metro wants to rebuild 20 station platforms over three years, creating SafeTrack-like disruptions". Washington Post. May 7, 2018. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  10. ^ "Metro plans 'summer shutdown' on Blue, Yellow lines next year". WTOP. May 7, 2018. Retrieved February 19, 2019.

External links[edit]

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