Virginia Square–GMU station

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Virginia Square – GMU
WMATA Metro Logo.svg WMATA Orange.svg WMATA Silver.svg rapid transit station
Virginia Sq-GMU station showing mezzanine.jpg
Location3600 Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22201
Owned byWashington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
Platforms2 side platforms
ConnectionsBus transport Metrobus: 38B
Bus transport Arlington Transit: 41, 42, 75
Structure typeUnderground
Bicycle facilities12 racks, 32 lockers
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station codeK03
OpenedDecember 1, 1979; 39 years ago (1979-12-01)
Previous namesVirginia Square (1979–1985)
Passengers (2017)3,597 daily [1]Decrease 0.36%
Preceding station WMATA Metro Logo.svg Washington Metro Following station
toward Vienna
Orange Line Clarendon
Ballston–MU Silver Line Clarendon

Virginia Square–GMU is a side platformed Washington Metro station in the Virginia Square neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia, United States. The station opened on December 1, 1979, and is operated by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). The station serves the Orange and Silver Lines. The station serves the Virginia Square neighborhood as well as the Arlington campus of George Mason University (GMU). The station entrance is located at the intersection of Fairfax Drive and North Monroe Street.


Originally to be called Ballston, the station was renamed Virginia Square by the Metro board in March 1977.[2] Its name was changed due to its location at the since-demolished Virginia Square Shopping Center.[2] After several years of construction, the station opened on December 1, 1979.[3] Its opening coincided with the completion of approximately 3 miles (4.8 km) of rail west of the Rosslyn station and the opening of the Court House, Clarendon and Ballston stations.[3]

Known originally as simply Virginia Square, in July 1985 the Metro board voted unanimously to rename the station Virginia Square–GMU,[4] with the "GMU" standing for the adjacent, Arlington campus of George Mason University. Arlington County paid the $50,000 required for the change.[4]

Station layout[edit]

G Street level Exit/entrance
M Mezzanine One-way faregates, ticket machines, station agent
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Westbound WMATA Orange.svg toward Vienna (Ballston – MU)
WMATA Silver.svg toward Wiehle – Reston East (Ballston – MU)
Eastbound WMATA Orange.svg toward New Carrollton (Clarendon)
WMATA Silver.svg toward Largo Town Center (Clarendon)
Side platform, doors will open on the right


  1. ^ "Metrorail Average Weekday Passenger Boardings" (PDF). Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. May 2017. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Eisen, Jack (March 10, 1977). "Fate of Metrorail line in I-66 has become uncertain". The Washington Post.
  3. ^ a b Feaver, Douglas B.; Boodman, Sandra G. (December 2, 1979). "Area celebrates extension of Metrorail in Arlington". The Washington Post. p. C1.
  4. ^ a b Staff Reporters (July 25, 1985), "$50,000 allotted to rename Metro stop", The Washington Post, p. C3

External links[edit]

Media related to Virginia Square–GMU (WMATA station) at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 38°52′58″N 77°06′12″W / 38.882886°N 77.103328°W / 38.882886; -77.103328