Greenbelt (WMATA station)

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Greenbelt
MARC commuter rail station
Washington Metro rapid transit station
Greenbelt station with train.jpg
Station statistics
Address 5717 Greenbelt Metro Drive
Greenbelt, MD 20740
Line(s)

Metro:
Green Line Green Line
Yellow Line (rush only) Yellow Line (rush only)
MARC:

Connections Bus transport Metrobus: 81, 87, 89, 89M, C2, G12, G13, G14, G16, R3, R11, R12
Bus transport Connect-a-Ride: H
Bus transport TheBus: 11, 15 ,16
Bus transport Shuttle-UM: 129
Bus transport BoltBus
Platforms 1 island platform (Washington Metro)
2 side platforms (MARC)
Tracks 2 (Washington Metro)
4 (MARC)
Parking 3,399 spaces
Bicycle facilities 60 racks, 52 lockers
Other information
Opened December 11, 1993; 20 years ago (1993-12-11)
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Station code E10
Owned by Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
Services
Preceding station   WMATA Metro Logo.svg Washington Metro   Following station
Green Line Terminus
MARC
Camden Line

Greenbelt is a Washington Metro and MARC station in Prince George's County, Maryland on the Green Line. It is the northeastern end of certain rush hour Yellow Line trains and the Green Line.

The station is located in Greenbelt (near Berwyn Heights, Beltsville, and the northern part of College Park), off of Cherrywood Lane near the Capital Beltway. With a parking lot of over 3,300 spaces,[1] and with quick access to the outerloop of the Beltway (Interstate 95 North) and from the inner loop of the Beltway (Interstate 95 South). Northbound commuters on 95 North en route to the Greenbelt station and commuters departing the station wanting to go southbound on 95 South should proceed North to US Route 1, exit I-95, and re-enter I-95 South. It is a commuter station for both locals and people coming from elsewhere—such as the inner loop of the Beltway or from Baltimore. An express Metrobus service, the B30 route, is also available to Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI), allowing a connection to Baltimore transit services. Greenbelt Metro is also the most accessible station to NASA workers and visitors via TheBus routes 15 and 15X, as well as Metrobus routes G12, 13, 14, and 16.

Greenbelt station mezzanine
MARC train platforms at Greenbelt station (facing south)

Service began on December 11, 1993. There are tentative plans to extend the Green Line from Greenbelt northward toward Laurel, Fort Meade, and possibly BWI Airport.

MARC commuter rail trains, on the Camden line, stop at Greenbelt on a set of tracks that are parallel to the Metro tracks. The station has two high-level platforms that are handicap-accessible, but no buildings, restrooms, telephones, ticket kiosks, or heaters, and is unstaffed.

On the way to Greenbelt station, trains pass Lake Artemesia, which was created as part of the construction of the College Park-U of Md and Greenbelt stations. Sand and gravel excavated from what is now Lake Artemesia were used to construct the track bed and parking facilities at these stations.


Use during Obama inauguration[edit]

The Greenbelt station played an important role during the January 20, 2009 inauguration of Barack Obama. Prior to this date, a decision was made by WMATA officials not to allow private cars to park at this station in order to allow more than 1100 charter buses to use the parking. However, only 35 such requests were made by private bus companies, and WMATA then reversed its decision, opening up 3,400 spaces to private vehicles.[2]

Station layout[edit]

P
Platform level
Southbound Green Line Green Line toward Branch Avenue (Yellow Line (rush only) Yellow Line (rush only) toward Huntington or Franconia–Springfield) (College Park – University of Maryland)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Southbound Green Line Green Line toward Branch Avenue (Yellow Line (rush only) Yellow Line (rush only) toward Huntington or Franconia–Springfield) (College Park – University of Maryland)
M Mezzanine One-way faregates, ticket machines, station agent
G Street Level Exit/ Entrance

References[edit]

  1. ^ Metro - Parking[dead link]
  2. ^ "Topic Galleries". baltimoresun.com. Retrieved 2011-07-24. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Greenbelt (WMATA station) at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 39°00′40″N 76°54′40″W / 39.011068°N 76.911011°W / 39.011068; -76.911011