Mount Vernon Square Station

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Mount Vernon Square
7th St - Convention Center
Mt Vernon Metro.jpg
Station statistics
Address 700 M Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
Line(s) Green Line Green Line
Yellow Line Yellow Line
Connections Bus transport Metrobus: 70, 79
Bus transport Loudoun County Commuter Bus
Structure type Underground
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 2
Bicycle facilities 6 racks
Other information
Opened May 11, 1991; 23 years ago (May 11, 1991)
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Station code E01
Owned by WMATA
Formerly Mt Vernon Square-UDC (1991-2001)
Mt Vernon Sq/7th St-Convention Center (2001-2011)
Traffic
Passengers (2014) 4,541 daily [1] Increase 5.78%
Services
Preceding station   WMATA Metro Logo.svg Washington Metro   Following station
Green Line
toward Greenbelt
toward Huntington
Yellow Line
toward Fort Totten

Mount Vernon Square is a Washington Metro station in Washington, D.C., on the Green and Yellow Lines. During rush hours, this is the northern terminus for Yellow Line service to Huntington, and trains reverse direction using a pocket track just north of the station. Metro has been running off-peak and weekend Yellow Line trains north to Fort Totten since 2006, and three rush hour only Yellow Line trains per hour between Greenbelt and Franconia-Springfield as part of the Rush Plus service pattern, which began on June 18, 2012. Mount Vernon Square is the least-used station within the Metro system's core section, seeing only 3,813 entries each weekday.[2]

Location[edit]

Mount Vernon Square station is located at the border of the neighborhoods of Downtown and Shaw in the northwestern quadrant of Washington. Its namesake, Mount Vernon Square, is located two blocks to the south at the convergence of New York Avenue and Massachusetts Avenues and 7th, 9th, and K Streets. The station's subtitle is derived from the station's location along 7th Street NW, and its close proximity to the Washington Convention Center, although the station is only one of five Metro stations that run underneath 7th Street NW.

Transit-oriented development[edit]

Like many other Metro stations in the Washington Metropolitan Area, Mount Vernon Square station has spurred development in its proximity. Most prominent is the Washington Convention Center, although a number of smaller residential and commercial projects have been completed within the surrounding blocks. To the southeast of the station is the Mount Vernon Triangle, a business improvement district (BID) seeing rapid mixed-use growth. To the southwest of the station is the mixed-use CityCenterDC development project, which is currently in construction.

History[edit]

Service began on May 11, 1991. The station mezzanine was renovated in 2003 to coincide with the opening of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The renovation included additional faregates and a new street entrance.

On January 7, 2007, the fifth car of a six-car train derailed in the tunnel at the interlocking south of the station, sending twenty people to the hospital for minor injuries and significantly damaging a rail car.[3][4] Service resumed the next day at 5 AM.[5]

Name changes[edit]

Originally to be named "Federal City College", the station was named Mount Vernon Square - UDC at the time of its 1991 opening, reflecting the establishment of the University of the District of Columbia. The station was renamed Mt Vernon Sq/7th Street-Convention Center in 2001; the "7th Street" helped distinguish that the stop served the new Walter E. Washington Convention Center as opposed to the old Washington Convention Center at 9th Street NW. On November 3, 2011, the station was again renamed, taking "Mount Vernon Square" as the main name, with "7th Street - Convention Center" as a subtitle.[6]

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Exit/ Entrance
M Mezzanine One-way faregates, ticket machines, station agent
P
Platform level
Southbound Green Line Green Line toward Branch Avenue (Gallery Place)
Yellow Line Yellow Line toward Huntington (Gallery Place)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Northbound Green Line Green Line toward Greenbelt (Shaw – Howard University)
Yellow Line Yellow Line toward Fort Totten (Shaw – Howard University)
Yellow Line Yellow Line alighting passengers only →

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Metrorail Average Weekday Passenger Boardings". WMATA. Retrieved 2014-11-04. 
  2. ^ FY11 rail ridership by station WMATA Retrieved 2011-12-10
  3. ^ Karush, Sarah (January 7, 2007). "20 Hurt After D.C. Subway Train Derails". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2007-01-08. 
  4. ^ "Train passenger: 'I felt a very violent impact'". CNN. January 7, 2007. Retrieved 2007-01-08. 
  5. ^ Monday Metrorail service back to normal after sunday derailment WMATA Retrieved 10 September 2008
  6. ^ "Station names updated for new map" (Press release). Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. 2011-11-03. Archived from the original on 2011-11-05. Retrieved 2011-11-05. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 38°54′20″N 77°01′19″W / 38.905645°N 77.021928°W / 38.905645; -77.021928