Huntington (WMATA station)

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Huntington
Huntington Station 2.jpg
Station statistics
Address 2701 Huntington Avenue
Huntington, VA 22303
Line(s) Yellow Line Yellow Line
Connections Bus transport Metrobus: 9A, REX
Bus transport Fairfax Connector: 101, 109, 151, 159, 161, 162, 171, 301, 310
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 2
Parking 3,617 spaces
Bicycle facilities 34 racks, 12 lockers
Other information
Opened December 17, 1983; 31 years ago (December 17, 1983)
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Station code C15
Owned by Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
Services
Preceding station   WMATA Metro Logo.svg Washington Metro   Following station
Terminus Yellow Line
toward Fort Totten
Location
Huntington (WMATA station) is located in Alexandria, Virginia
Huntington (WMATA station)

Huntington is an island platformed Washington Metro station in Huntington, Virginia, United States. The station was opened on December 17, 1983, and is operated by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). Serving as the southern terminus for the Yellow Line, the station is built into a hillside; the south mezzanine, along with escalator access, is accessible via an incline elevator.

History[edit]

Originally scheduled to open in summer 1982, its opening was delayed due to both unavailability of new subway cars and the lack of a test track.[1] Construction of the station was complete by summer 1982,[2] and in September 1983 Metro announced the station would open that December as the new cars would be ready for service.[3] The station opened on December 17, 1983.[4] Its opening coincided with the completion of 4.2 miles (6.8 km)[5] of rail between National Airport and Huntington and the opening of the Braddock Road, Eisenhower Avenue, and King Street – Old Town stations.[4]

Location[edit]

The station serves the suburban area of Fairfax County and is a popular commuter station, with over 3,000 parking spaces. It is located between North Kings Highway (State Route 241) and Huntington Avenue, with parking facilities and station entrances available off of both roads. Service began on December 17, 1983, making it the first station to open in Fairfax County, and the first to extend the system beyond the Capital Beltway. The station is located on the ruins of Fort Lyon, a Civil War-era fort.

Station layout[edit]

P
Platform level
Northbound Yellow Line Yellow Line toward Fort Totten (Eisenhower Avenue)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Northbound Yellow Line Yellow Line toward Fort Totten (Eisenhower Avenue)
M Mezzanine One-way faregates, ticket machines, station agent
G Street Level Exit/ Entrance
Inside Huntington Station's incline elevator.

Architecturally, Huntington station is different from the rest of the Metro network. It is partially elevated and built into the surrounding hillside. Riders enter the station from the north on a viaduct carrying the tracks from downtown Washington, D.C., but the south end of the platform is below grade. The tracks continue into short tunnels in the hill, allowing for a future extension. The canopy is supported by buttresses that bridge the tracks into the sloped walls of the depression in which the station is built. This type of station makes it similar to the Dyckman Street station on the IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line (1 train) of the New York City Subway. As a result of the unusual topography, there is an incline elevator at this station—the only one installed throughout the Metrorail, as well as one of a handful such elevators in the U.S. On May 28, 2014, the WMATA stated that they were unsure why the design used such an elevator, rather than a traditional vertical elevator plus a horizontal walkway.[6]

The north (lower) mezzanine is home to Metro's only fully public restroom, an automatic self-cleaning toilet manufactured by Exeloo, opened in October 2003. The automatic restroom was installed as part of a pilot project to determine customer acceptance and feasibility of the concept, as well as the impact on safety and cleanliness.[7] According to then-General Manager Richard A. White in the online Lunchtalk chat dated June 3, 2005, there are no plans to extend the program to any other stations.[8]

Buses and parking[edit]

Bus routes from Huntington on Metrobus and Fairfax Connector serve much of southern Fairfax County.[9]

A new 1,424-space parking garage located on the station's east side opened on August 14, 2008. There are 3,617 parking spaces at the station. The former surface parking lot off North Kings Highway is the center of an ongoing residential and business redevelopment project. Parking at Huntington Station costs $4.75 all day on weekdays with a 5¢ discount for non-Metro riders.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Feaver, Douglas B. (January 30, 1981). "Status of future Metro openings". The Washington Post. p. C5. 
  2. ^ Battiata, Mary (September 22, 1982). "Alexandria angered by delays in opening of subway". The Washington Post. p. VA1. 
  3. ^ Lynton, Stephen J. (September 21, 1983). "Metro panel approves plan for December Yellow Line opening". The Washington Post. p. C4. 
  4. ^ a b Burgess, John (December 20, 1983). "Yellow Line trains run smoothly as new stations get first test". The Washington Post. p. C3. 
  5. ^ Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (July 2009). "Sequence of Metrorail openings". Retrieved July 25, 2010. 
  6. ^ Flegenheimer, Matt (May 29, 2014). "With New Slant on Subway Elevators, Expect Delays". The New York Times. Retrieved May 29, 2014. 
  7. ^ Metro installs public toilet at Huntington station
  8. ^ "WMATA Lunchtalk". Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. 2005-06-03. Retrieved 13 May 2010. 
  9. ^ Huntington Station Bus Information
  10. ^ Parking Information

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 38°47′39″N 77°04′31″W / 38.794065°N 77.075261°W / 38.794065; -77.075261