New Carrollton (WMATA station)

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New Carrollton
Amtrak station
MARC commuter rail station
Washington Metro rapid transit station
New Carrollton from inbound end of platform.jpg
Station statistics
Address 4700 Garden City Drive (Metro)
4300 Garden City Drive (Amtrak)
New Carrollton, MD 20785
Coordinates 38°56′53″N 76°52′19″W / 38.9480°N 76.8719°W / 38.9480; -76.8719Coordinates: 38°56′53″N 76°52′19″W / 38.9480°N 76.8719°W / 38.9480; -76.8719
Line(s)

Metro:

Orange Line Orange Line

MARC:

Amtrak:

Connections Bus transport Metrobus: 84, 87, B21, B22, B24, B25, B27, B29, B31, C28, F4 ,F6, F12, F13, F14,G12, G13, G14, G16, T18
Bus transport MTA Maryland Commuter Bus
Bus transport TheBus: 16, 21, 21X
Bus transport Greyhound
Platforms 2 island platforms (1 for each service)
Tracks 2 (Washington Metro)
3 (Amtrak/MARC)
Parking 3,519 spaces
Bicycle facilities 18 racks, 16 lockers (Metro)
Other information
Opened January 16, 1969 (Metroliner)(Capital Beltway)
November 20, 1978 (Metro)(New Carrollton)
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Station code NCR (Amtrak)
D13 (Metro)
Owned by Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Amtrak
Traffic
Passengers (2013) 168,069[1] Decrease 3.4% (Amtrak)
Services
Preceding station   WMATA Metro Logo.svg Washington Metro   Following station
toward Vienna
Orange Line Terminus
MARC
Terminus
Penn Line
toward Perryville
BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak
Northeast Regional
Terminus
Vermonter
toward St. Albans

New Carrollton rail station is a joint Washington Metro, MARC, and Amtrak station in New Carrollton, Prince George's County, Maryland at the eastern end of the Orange Line and planned Purple Line, and adjacent to the Capital Beltway.

Beneath the Metro station platform, a waiting room serves Amtrak's Northeast Regional and Vermonter trains, as well as MARC's Penn Line trains. The New Carrollton Rail Yard is nearby.

Greyhound, a nationwide intercity bus company, also stops at the station on routes serving Richmond, Virginia, Washington, Philadelphia, New York City, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and points beyond.[2]

History[edit]

The New Carrollton station is the third station in the area to serve intercity rail traffic.

The first station, Lanham, 0.75 miles (1.21 km) north of the current station, consisted of a small shelter and an asphalt platform served by a few Penn Central trains.[3]

Metroliner at Capital Beltway in 1974.

The second station, Capital Beltway Station, sat just inside the Capital Beltway. Opened on January 16, 1969, it was served by Penn Central (later Amtrak) Metroliners.[3][4]

On November 20, 1978, the Washington Metro opened its New Carrollton station[5][6] — along with the Cheverly, Deanwood, Landover, and Minnesota Avenue stations[5][6] — marking the completion of 7.4 miles (11.9 km) of Metro track northeast from the Stadium–Armory station.[7]

In the early 1980s, the state of Maryland took over commuter rail from Conrail (the successor to the Penn Central). The newly renamed MARC service was moved to Capital Beltway Station and Lanham station was abandoned. In 1983, Amtrak and MARC shifted service to the New Carrollton station, using a new island platform next to the existing Washington Metro platform.[8]

The platforms of Capital Beltway were eventually demolished, although as of 2010 the concrete cap over the stairs that led to one of the platforms was still visible. The former station building off Cobb Road is now used by the Maryland DOT and the station's parking lot is used for road maintenance vehicles.[3][4][9]

Station layout[edit]

Amtrak/MARC platform

At New Carrollton, the Northeast Corridor consists of three tracks. The westernmost two tracks (Tracks 2 and 3) have an island platform between them, with Track 1 having no platform. To the east of the Amtrak platform is the Metro platform, serving the Orange Line. Bus loops and parking lots are located on both sides of the rail line.

Exterior of the Station

The station has entrances at Harkins Road and Ellin Road, and Garden City Drive near U.S. Route 50, and Exit 19 on Interstate 495. This station is planned to be one of the Metro stations on the Purple Line Light Rail route, formerly known as the Bi-County Transitway.

P
Platform level
Westbound Orange Line Orange Line toward Vienna (Landover)
Island platform, doors will open on the left or right
Westbound Orange Line Orange Line toward Vienna (Landover)
Track 1 Amtrak/MARC service (non-stopping track)
Track 3 Amtrak/MARC service
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Track 2 Amtrak/MARC service
M Mezzanine One-way faregates, ticket machines, station agent
G Street Level Exit/ Entrance

Plans[edit]

Long term plans for New Carrollton Station include adding a second island platform (providing access to Track 1) and adding a fourth track.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2013, State of Maryland" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  2. ^ Staff (August 25, 2011). "Greyhound Brings Premium Greyhound Express Service to the Southeast and Announces Expansion with 24 New Routes and Six New Markets". Greyhound Lines, Inc. Retrieved 8 February 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c Tom Fuchs. "30th Anniversary of New Carrollton Station". p. 5. Retrieved 25 February 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Amtrak Capital Beltway Station Location". Retrieved 25 February 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Feaver, Douglas B. (November 12, 1978), "Orange Line brings Metro to Beltway; Orange Line will bring Metro to P.G.", The Washington Post: C1 
  6. ^ a b Eisen, Jack; John Feinstein (November 18, 1978), "City-County fanfare opens Orange Line; Ceremonies open new Orange Line", The Washington Post: D1 
  7. ^ Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (July 2009). "Sequence of Metrorail openings". Retrieved August 2, 2010. 
  8. ^ Amtrak History & Archives. Accessed March 28, 2013.
  9. ^ Google Inc. "Google Maps image of the location of the former Capital Beltway Station". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. http://maps.google.com/?ll=38.954929,-76.865019&spn=0.002336,0.00331&t=h&z=18. Retrieved 25 February 2012.
  10. ^ "MARC Growth & Investment Plan". 

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