Ballston–MU (WMATA station)

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Station statistics
Address 4230 Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22201

Orange Line Orange Line

Silver Line Silver Line (planned)
Connections WMATA Metrobus
Arlington Transit
Structure type Underground
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Bicycle facilities 54 racks
Other information
Opened December 1, 1979
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Station code K04
Owned by Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
Formerly Ballston (1979-1997)
Passengers (2007) 6.942 million[1] Increase 0.4%
Preceding station   WMATA Metro Logo.svg Washington Metro   Following station
toward Vienna
Orange Line
Silver Line (planned)

Ballston–MU is a side platformed Washington Metro station in Arlington, Virginia, United States. The station opened on December 1, 1979, and is operated by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). The station presently serves only the Orange Line, but is also planned to be on the Silver Line, which is scheduled to start operations in 2014. The station serves the transit-oriented community of Ballston, Ballston Common Mall as well as Marymount University (MU). Ballston-MU is also a major Metrobus transfer station. The station entrance is located at North Fairfax Drive and North Stuart Street, near the intersection of Wilson Boulevard and North Glebe Road.


Originally to be called Glebe Road, in March 1977 the Metro board changed its name to Ballston.[2] After several years of construction, the station opened on December 1, 1979, as the western terminus of the Orange Line.[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 Virginia Square stations.[3] Ballston would serve as the western terminus of the Orange Line from its opening through the opening of its extension to the Vienna station on June 7, 1986.[4] The station remains as the final underground station for westbound travelers since its completion.[5]

Known simply as Ballston since its opening, in December 1995 the Metro board voted unanimously to rename the station Ballston–MU,[6] with the "MU" standing for the adjacent Marymount University. The $85,000 required for the change was paid for by Arlington County.[6]

On Tuesday September 24, 2013, the Arlington County Board approved a funding plan for the county’s share of revenue generated by Virginia’s new transportation legislation. The plan calls for $500,000 to be allocated to planning for a new western entrance to the Ballston MU station located at the intersection of N. Fairfax and Vermont Streets. The funding request would suggest that the entrance could be built by 2018.[7]

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Exit/ Entrance
M Mezzanine Fare control
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Westbound Orange Line Orange Line toward Vienna (East Falls Church)
Silver Line Silver Line toward Wiehle – Reston East (planned) (East Falls Church)
Eastbound Orange Line Orange Line toward New Carrollton (Virginia Square – GMU)
Silver Line Silver Line toward Largo Town Center (planned) (Virginia Square – GMU)
Side platform, doors will open on the right


  1. ^ FY2006-07 Metrorail ridership summary by station Think Outside the Car Retrieved 2009-11-28
  2. ^ Eisen, Jack (March 10, 1977). "Fate of Metrorail line in I-66 has become uncertain". The Washington Post. 
  3. ^ a b Feaver, Douglas B.; Sandra G. Boodman (December 2, 1979), "Area celebrates extension of Metrorail in Arlington", The Washington Post: C1 
  4. ^ Lynton, Stephen J. (June 8, 1986), "9.1 More Miles For Metrorail", The Washington Post: C1 
  5. ^ Hodge, Paul (November 29, 1979), "A walking tour of Arlington's four new subway stations", The Washington Post: Virginia 5 
  6. ^ a b Baker, Peter; Stephen C. Fehr (December 21, 1995), "Longer name for Ballston Metro", The Washington Post: Virginia 1 
  7. ^ Board Requests Planning Funds for New Ballston Metro Entrance ARLnow Retrieved 2013-11-13

External links[edit]

Media related to Ballston–MU (WMATA station) at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 38°52′55″N 77°06′41″W / 38.881909°N 77.111412°W / 38.881909; -77.111412