Morgan Boulevard (WMATA station)

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Morgan Boulevard
Morgan Boulevard Station.jpg
Station statistics
Address 300 Garrett Morgan Boulevard
Landover, MD 20785
Line(s)

Blue Line Blue Line
Orange Line (rush only) Orange Line (rush only)

Silver Line Silver Line (planned)
Connections TheBus
Structure type Open-cut
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 2
Parking 635 spaces
Bicycle facilities 9 racks, 40 lockers
Other information
Opened December 18, 2004
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Station code G04
Owned by Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
Formerly Summerfield (while under construction)
Services
Preceding station   WMATA Metro Logo.svg Washington Metro   Following station
Blue Line
Terminus
toward Route 772
Silver Line (planned)
Terminus

Morgan Boulevard is an island platformed Washington Metro station in Prince George's County, 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, the station is located on Garrett Morgan Boulevard, one mile from FedEx Field, the home of the Washington Redskins. The stadium is about a 19-20 minute walk to the stadium from the station. In December 2012, Morgan Boulevard 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 the Largo Town Center station (the eastern terminus of the Blue Line) due to safety concerns about a pocket track just past Stadium-Armory.[1] Silver Line service at Morgan Boulevard is expected to begin in the spring of 2014 along with the rest of the Silver line's first phase. This is one of the few stations not served by Metrobus. The Prince George's County bus system, called simply TheBus, serves this station. The platform at this station is wider than others and the station features double the number of faregates of similar stations because of the large volumes of passengers using it before and after football games.[2] For commuters, there is a day care facility at the station.

In 2011, the Morgan Boulevard station has the second-lowest average weekday ridership of the entire system, ahead of only Cheverly.[3]

History[edit]

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.[4] 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.[4] The station gained approval from Congress as part of the extension in February 2000 with the federal government contributing $259 million towards its construction.[5]

Construction began in 2001, and by 2002 its name was changed to Morgan Boulevard as a result of the Prince George's County Board changing the name of the street from Summerfield Boulevard to Morgan Boulevard in memory of the African-American inventor Garrett Morgan.[6] The station opened on December 18, 2004.[7] Its opening coincided with the completion of 3.2 miles (5.1 km)[8] of rail east of the Addison Road station and the opening of the Largo Town Center station.[7] The final cost of building it, its sister station and the rail extension was $456 million.[2]

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Exit/ Entrance
M Mezzanine One-way faregates, ticket machines, station agent
P
Platform level
Westbound Blue Line Blue Line toward Franconia–Springfield (Orange Line (rush only) Orange Line (rush only) toward Vienna) (Addison Road)
Silver Line Silver Line toward Wiehle – Reston East (planned) (Addison Road)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Eastbound Blue Line Blue Line (Orange Line (rush only) Orange Line (rush only)) toward Largo Town Center (Terminus)
Silver Line Silver Line toward Largo Town Center (planned) (Terminus)

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.wtop.com/654/2850921/Metros-Silver-Line-to-be-extended-to-Largo-
  2. ^ a b Partlow, Joshua (January 1, 2005). "Newest stations to ease game-day crush; Redskins fans await rail, trail to FedEx". The Washington Post. p. B3. 
  3. ^ "Average Weekday Passenger Boardings" (PDF). Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. June 2011. Retrieved May 27, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b 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. 
  5. ^ Layton, Lyndsey (February 4, 2000). "Federal funds promised for new Metrorail stops". The Washington Post. p. A1. 
  6. ^ Meyer, Eugene L. (August 17, 2002). "Base living with cheers, a few fears". The Washington Post. p. J1. 
  7. ^ a b 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. 
  8. ^ Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (July 2009). "Sequence of Metrorail openings". Retrieved July 28, 2010. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Morgan Boulevard (Washington Metro) at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 38°53′36.9″N 76°52′6.5″W / 38.893583°N 76.868472°W / 38.893583; -76.868472