Fort Totten (WMATA station)

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Fort Totten
Washington Metro rapid transit station
WMATA Fort Totten station lower level.jpg
Lower level
Station statistics
Address 550 Galloway Street, NE
Washington, DC 20011
Coordinates 38°57′06″N 77°00′08″W / 38.951777°N 77.002174°W / 38.951777; -77.002174Coordinates: 38°57′06″N 77°00′08″W / 38.951777°N 77.002174°W / 38.951777; -77.002174
Line(s) Red Line Red Line
Green Line Green Line
Yellow Line Yellow Line
Connections Bus transport Metrobus: 60, 64, E2, E3, E4, K2, K6, R1, R2, R3, R5
Levels 2
Platforms 2 island platforms (1 per level)
Tracks 4 (2 per level)
Parking 408 spaces
Bicycle facilities 10 racks, 6 lockers
Other information
Opened February 6, 1978
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Station code B06 (upper level)
E06 (lower level)
Owned by WMATA
Traffic
Passengers (2010) 2.661 million[1]
Services
Preceding station   WMATA Metro Logo.svg Washington Metro   Following station
toward Shady Grove
Red Line
toward Glenmont
Green Line
toward Greenbelt
toward Huntington
Yellow Line Terminus

Fort Totten is a Washington Metro station in northeastern Washington, D.C. It acts as a transfer point between the Green and Red Lines with Yellow Line service during off-peak hours. It is the last station on the Green Line in the District of Columbia before heading into Maryland.

Location[edit]

Fort Totten is located in the middle of Fort Totten Park in Northeast and is accessed via Galloway Street. The station is considered to be in the neighborhood of Fort Totten, and is a short distance from the neighborhoods of Manor Park and Riggs Park. The station's name comes from a Civil War-era fortification which itself was named after General Joseph Gilbert Totten, the Chief Engineer of the antebellum US Army.

History[edit]

Service began on the Red Line (upper) platform on February 6, 1978, and on the Green Line (lower) platform on December 11, 1993. Between 1993 and September 1999, Fort Totten served as the terminus of the northern portion of the Green Line until the opening of stations between Fort Totten and Mount Vernon Square. Beginning on December 31, 2006 as part of an 18-month trial, Metro extended Yellow Line service to Fort Totten station during non-rush hours and weekends.[2] In a press release, Councilmember Jim Graham said that the service change would support the "development and urban lifestyle" of the neighborhoods between the Fort Totten and Mount Vernon Square stations.[3] As a part of the Metro Rush Plus initiative which began in June 2012, several Yellow Line trains arriving from Franconia-Springfield continue onto Greenbelt and vice versa, thus completing Yellow Line service to full-time between Fort Totten and Mount Vernon Square.[4]

2009 Red Line collision[edit]

On June 22, 2009, two southbound Metro trains on the Red Line collided between the Takoma and Fort Totten stations, killing 9 and injuring 80, the deadliest accident in the system's history.[5] A plaque inside the station's mezzanine commemorates the victims of the crash. Plans are in the works to one day create a memorial site outside the station after the current accommodations were deemed insensitive by the victims' families. [6]

Station layout[edit]

UP
Upper platform level
Westbound Red Line Red Line toward Shady Grove (Brookland–CUA)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Eastbound Red Line Red Line toward Glenmont (Takoma)
LP
Lower platform level
Southbound Green Line Green Line toward Branch Avenue (Georgia Avenue – Petworth)
Yellow Line Yellow Line toward Huntington (Georgia Avenue – Petworth)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Northbound Green Line Green Line (Yellow Line (rush only) Yellow Line (rush only)) toward Greenbelt (West Hyattsville)
Yellow Line Yellow Line alighting passengers only →
M Mezzanine One-way faregates, ticket machines, station agent
G Street Level Exit/ Entrance

The lower-level platform for the Green Line (and the Yellow Line during off-peak times) is unique in that it is built into a hillside, part underground in a rock tunnel, and part at ground level in an open cut. A single-track connection east of the station allows trains to be moved between the Red and Green Lines, and was once used for the Green Line Commuter Shortcut service to Farragut North via the Red Line tracks, before the mid-city segment of the Green Line was completed in September 1999.

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Neighborhood profiles WDCEP Retrieved 2011-12-20
  2. ^ Weiss, Eric M (December 30, 2006). "Yellow Line Is En Route to Fort Totten". The Washington Post. p. B01. 
  3. ^ "Metro Extends Yellow Line to Fort Totten During Off-Peak Hours" (Press release). Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. December 26, 2006. 
  4. ^ "Rush Plus" (Press release). Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. June 18, 2012. 
  5. ^ Lena H. Sun; Robert Thomson (June 22, 2009). "Red Line Collision Kills at Least 6". The Washington Post. Retrieved June 23, 2009. 
  6. ^ Kyjta Weir (June 22, 2012). "Gray to unveil Fort Totten Metro crash memorial plaque but no park decision". The Washington Examiner. Retrieved July 17, 2012. 

External links[edit]

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