Grosvenor–Strathmore (WMATA station)

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Grosvenor–Strathmore
Washington Metro rapid transit station
Grosvenor strathmore.jpg
Station statistics
Address 10300 Rockville Pike
North Bethesda, MD 20852
Coordinates 39°01′45″N 77°06′14″W / 39.029188°N 77.103904°W / 39.029188; -77.103904Coordinates: 39°01′45″N 77°06′14″W / 39.029188°N 77.103904°W / 39.029188; -77.103904
Line(s) Red Line Red Line
Connections Bus transport Ride On: 6, 37, 46, 96
Bus transport WMATA Metrobus: J5
Structure type Open-cut
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 2
Parking 1,796 spaces including six free motorcycle parking spaces
Bicycle facilities 40 racks, 30 lockers
Other information
Opened July 25, 1984; 30 years ago (1984-07-25)
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Station code A11
Owned by WMATA
Formerly Grosvenor (1984–2005)
Traffic
Passengers (2006) 2.035 million Increase 3%
Services
Preceding station   WMATA Metro Logo.svg Washington Metro   Following station
toward Shady Grove
Red Line
toward Glenmont

Grosvenor–Strathmore (formerly Grosvenor) is a rapid transit station on the Red Line of the Washington Metro in North Bethesda, Maryland. The first above-ground station on the Red Line heading northwest from Washington, D.C., it is one of a number of stations on the Rockville Pike corridor in Montgomery County.

Location[edit]

Named after the nearby Grosvenor Lane, Grosvenor–Strathmore station lies within the unincorporated area of North Bethesda. Located to the east of Rockville Pike at its intersection with Tuckerman Lane, the main point of interest near the station is the Music Center at Strathmore.[1] In addition, it is the first stop outside of the Capital Beltway heading outbound towards Shady Grove on the Red Line.

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Exit/ Entrance, station house
P
Platform level
Westbound Red Line Red Line toward Shady Grove (White Flint)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Eastbound Red Line Red Line toward Glenmont (Medical Center)

History[edit]

Originally to be named Parkside,[2] service to Grosvenor (named for its proximity to Grosvenor Lane) began on July 25, 1984.[3][4] Grosvenor Lane was located at the 100 acres (40 ha) farm of Gilbert Hovey Grosvenor (1875–1966), the father of photojournalism and the first full-time editor of the National Geographic Magazine from 1899 to 1954. He moved there from the Dupont Circle area in Washington, D.C. after buying the farmland in 1912.[5]

The station's opening coincided with the completion of 6.8 miles (10.9 km) of rail northwest of the Van Ness–UDC station and the opening of the Bethesda, Friendship Heights, Medical Center and Tenleytown stations.[3][4][6] It remained the western terminus of the Red Line until the extension of that line to Shady Grove that December.[7] Trains from Silver Spring continue to terminate here during peak times.

In February 2005, the Music Center at Strathmore opened adjacent to the station, prompting the name change to Grosvenor–Strathmore. The arts complex and station are connected via an elevated pedestrian walkway, the Carlton R. Sickles Memorial Sky Bridge. Escalators and an underground walkway were also added to the station to allow customers to easily cross the busy road, Rockville Pike, that is adjacent to the station.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Grosvenor–Strathmore evacuation map WMATA Retrieved 2010-11-01
  2. ^ WMATA Adopted Regional System, March 1, 1968
  3. ^ a b Staff Reporters (August 25, 1984), "Red Line adds 6.8 miles; Opening ceremony for new segment set for today at Friendship Heights", The Washington Post: B1 
  4. ^ a b Brisbane, Arthur S. (August 26, 1984), "All aboard; Metro festivities welcome latest Red Line extension", The Washington Post: A1 
  5. ^ Sullivan, Patricia. Obituary: Mabel Grosvenor, 101, Doctor, Granddaughter Of Inventor Bell, Washington Post, November 9, 2006. Retrieved via the Boston Globe at Boston.com on June 15, 2010.
  6. ^ Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (July 2009). "Sequence of Metrorail openings". Retrieved August 1, 2010. 
  7. ^ Zibart, Eve (December 16, 1984), "A rainbow coalition flocks to Red Line; 4 stops open amid hoopla", The Washington Post: A1 

External links[edit]

Media related to Grosvenor–Strathmore (WMATA station) at Wikimedia Commons