Largo Town Center (WMATA station)
|Largo Town Center|
|Address||9000 Lottsford Road & Largo Town Center
Largo, MD 20774
|Line(s)||Silver Line (planned)|
|Connections||WMATA Metrobus:C21, C22, C26, C29
|Platforms||1 island platform|
|Bicycle facilities||4 racks|
|Opened||December 18, 2004|
|Owned by||Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority|
Largo Town Center is an island platformed Washington Metro station in Largo, Maryland, United States. The station was opened on December 18, 2004, and is operated by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). Providing service for the Blue Line, it is the eastern terminus of the Blue Line, and serves the town of Largo and The Boulevard at the Capital Centre. In December 2012, Largo Town Center was one of five stations added to the route of the Silver Line, which was originally supposed to end at the Stadium-Armory station, but was extended into Prince George's County, Maryland to Largo Town Center due to safety concerns about a pocket track just past Stadium-Armory. Therefore, Largo Town Center will also be the eastern terminus of the Silver Line when it is expected to start operations in 2014. It is the first station in Prince George's County outside the Capital Beltway, and is located about a mile from FedExField, the home of the Washington Redskins. Largo Town Center is also a major commuter station, with two parking garages, containing a total of 2,200 spaces, connected by a bridge at the top level.
In 1980, Herbert Harris and other local legislators introduced legislation to study the feasibility of constructing an additional 47 miles (76 km) to the original 103-mile (166 km) network. Included in this request was a previously considered 13-mile (21 km) extension of the Blue Line through Largo en route to a proposed terminus at Bowie.
In October 1996, the proposed routing for the extension of the Blue Line to Largo received a favorable environmental impact statement thus allowing for the project to move forward. The plan represented the first expansion to the original 103-mile (166 km) Metro network and would include both the then named Summerfield and Largo stations. The station gained approval from Congress as part of the extension in February 2000 with the federal government contributing $259 million towards its construction.
Construction began in 2001, and the station opened on December 18, 2004. Its opening coincided with the completion of 3.2 miles (5.1 km) of rail east of the Addison Road station and the opening of the Morgan Boulevard station. The final cost of building it, its sister station and rail extension was $456 million.
|Platform level||Westbound||← Blue Line toward Franconia–Springfield (Morgan Boulevard)
← Silver Line toward Wiehle – Reston East (planned) (Morgan Boulevard)
|Eastbound||→ Blue Line, Silver Line (planned) Alighting passengers only →|
|Mezzanine||One-way faregates, station agent|
|Street Level||Exit/ Entrance|
Notable places nearby
- Staff Reporters (June 26, 1980). "Area legislators ask study of 47 more miles of Metrorail". The Washington Post. p. C1.
- Fehr, Stephen C. (October 18, 1996). "Plan to extend P.G. Metro line moves forward; Environmental study allows Largo stops". The Washington Post. p. C3.
- Layton, Lyndsey (February 4, 2000). "Federal funds promised for new Metrorail stops". The Washington Post. p. A1.
- Dana, Rebecca (December 19, 2004). "Metro, Prince George's extend their reach; Two new Blue Line stations open, bringing passengers and economic potential". The Washington Post. p. C2.
- Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (July 2009). "Sequence of Metrorail openings". Retrieved July 28, 2010.
- Partlow, Joshua (January 1, 2005). "Newest stations to ease game-day crush; Redskins fans await rail, trail to FedEx". The Washington Post. p. B3.
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