Branch Avenue (WMATA station)

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Branch Avenue
Branch Avenue station from platform.jpg
Station statistics
Address 4704 Old Soper Road
Suitland, MD 20746
Line(s) Green Line Green Line
Connections Bus transport Metrobus: C11, C12, C13, C14, K12, NH1
Bus transport TheBus: 30
Structure type Open-cut
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 2
Parking 3,072 spaces
Bicycle facilities 10 racks, 24 lockers
Other information
Opened January 13, 2001; 13 years ago (2001-01-13)
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Station code F11
Owned by Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
Services
Preceding station   WMATA Metro Logo.svg Washington Metro   Following station
Terminus Green Line
toward Greenbelt

Branch Avenue is an island platformed Washington Metro station in Camp Springs, Maryland, United States. The station was opened on January 13, 2001, and is operated by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). The station presently serves as the southeastern terminus for the Green Line, with the Branch Avenue rail yard lying just beyond this station. The station is located near the intersection of Auth Road and Old Soper Road.

Constructed adjacent to the station is a 37-acre (15 ha) rail yard with the capacity to store 116 cars.[1]

This is also the station closest to Andrews Air Force Base. This station is also the most accessible to the National Harbor on Metrobus route NH1.

History[edit]

Plans for a station as the southeastern terminus of the Green Line initially appeared in the original 1968 route map.[2] However, by 1978 the Prince George's County Council, after initially supporting the Branch Avenue alignment, changed their support to moving the terminus to a location adjacent to the Rosecroft Raceway.[3] Metro would follow suit and pursue the Rosecroft alignment instead of Branch Avenue in 1980.[3] By May a group of citizens filed suit against Metro stating that the route was improperly changed and failed to conform to the plan adopted by county voters in 1968.[4] In February 1981, the court ruled in favor of the plaintiffs in stating the routing to Rosecroft could not be undertaken until it went through public review.[4] After further appeal, in March 1982 the judge ruled that none of the proposed Green Line along the Rosecroft alignment could start construction until it went through the entire planning process again.[5] After deciding to not file an appeal, in December 1984 Metro voted to change the southeastern terminus back to Branch Avenue thus allowing for construction to commence on the Green Line towards Prince George's County.[6]

Groundbreaking for the final segment of the Green Line occurred on September 23, 1995.[7] The station opened on January 13, 2001.[8] Its opening coincided with the completion of approximately 6.5 miles (10.5 km) of rail southeast of the Anacostia station and the opening of the Congress Heights, Naylor Road, Southern Avenue and Suitland stations.[8] This represented the completion of the system as originally planned.

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Exit/ Entrance
P
Platform level
Northbound Green Line Green Line toward Greenbelt (Suitland)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Northbound Green Line Green Line toward Greenbelt (Suitland)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Layton, Lyndsey (December 3, 1999), "Metro is close to the end of the Green Line", The Washington Post: B3 
  2. ^ Vesey, Tom (June 23, 1982), "Sniping continues in Green Line war", The Washington Post: DC1 
  3. ^ a b Feaver, Douglas B. (October 14, 1980), "What ever happened to the Green Line?", The Washington Post: C1 
  4. ^ a b Burgess, John (March 18, 1982), "Metro to halt start of leg to Rosecroft", The Washington Post: C1 
  5. ^ McQueen, Michel (March 17, 1982), "Judge blocks Metro route; Rosecroft shift", The Washington Post: C1 
  6. ^ Lynton, Stephen J. (December 14, 1984), "Metro board votes to extend Green Line to Branch Avenue", The Washington Post: B4 
  7. ^ Fehr, Stephen C. (September 23, 1995), "After 25 years of building, Metro nears finish line", The Washington Post: B1 
  8. ^ a b Layton, Lyndsey (January 14, 2001), "All Metro doors now open; Five new Green Line stations complete 32-year project, but expansions continue", The Washington Post: A1 

External links[edit]

Media related to Branch Avenue (WMATA station) at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 38°49′37″N 76°54′44″W / 38.826995°N 76.912134°W / 38.826995; -76.912134