Rosslyn Station

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Washington Metro rapid transit station
Rosslyn station showing upper level platform pylons.jpg
Station statistics
Address 1850 North Moore Street
Arlington, VA 22209

Blue Line Blue Line
Orange Line Orange Line

Silver Line Silver Line
Connections Bus transport Arlington Transit: 45, 61
Bus transport Metrobus: 3A, 4A, 4B, 5A, 10R, 10S, 15K, 38B
Bus transport DC Circulator
Bus transport Loudoun County Transit
Bus transport Georgetown University Shuttle
Structure type Underground
Levels 2
Platforms 2 split platforms (1 on each level)
Tracks 2 (1 on each level)
Bicycle facilities 20 racks
Other information
Opened July 1, 1977; 37 years ago (July 1, 1977)
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Station code C05
Owned by WMATA
Passengers (2014) 15,460 daily [1] Decrease 1.1%
Preceding station   WMATA Metro Logo.svg Washington Metro   Following station
Blue Line
toward Vienna
Orange Line
Silver Line

Rosslyn /ˈrɒzlɨn/ is the westernmost station on the shared segment of the Blue, Orange, and Silver lines of the Washington Metro. It is located in the Rosslyn neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia, USA. Rosslyn is the first station in Virginia heading westward from the District on the Orange and Silver Lines and southward on the Blue Lines. It is one of four interchange points on the Metrorail system west of the Potomac River and located in a growing business district.

Depending on the year, Rosslyn is the busiest, or one of the busiest stations outside of the District of Columbia, along with Pentagon City and Pentagon, which are also in Arlington. Rosslyn is the biggest choke point of the Metro system. Due to this, planners are considering adding another station in the Rosslyn neighborhood, possibly as part of an inner loop through Washington and Arlington.[2]


The station has entrances on the west side of North Moore Street between Wilson Boulevard and 19th Street North and on the east side of Fort Myer Drive between Wilson Boulevard and 19th Street North. A bank of three high-speed street elevators to the mezzanine (upper) level of the station is on the east side of North Moore Street, across the street from the Metro station entrance. The station is a stop for several express Metrobus lines, including the 5A to Washington Dulles International Airport and L'Enfant Plaza.


The station opened on July 1, 1977.[3] Its opening coincided with the completion of 11.8 miles (19.0 km)[4] of rail between National Airport and RFK Stadium and the opening of the Arlington Cemetery, Capitol South, Crystal City, Eastern Market, Farragut West, Federal Center SW, Federal Triangle, Foggy Bottom–GWU, L'Enfant Plaza, McPherson Square, National Airport, Pentagon, Pentagon City, Potomac Avenue, Smithsonian and Stadium–Armory stations.[5] Orange Line service to the station began upon the line's opening on November 20, 1978.[6]

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Exit/ Entrance
B2 Eastbound Blue Line Blue Line toward Largo Town Center (Foggy Bottom – GWU)
Orange Line Orange Line toward New Carrollton (Foggy Bottom – GWU)
Silver Line Silver Line toward Largo Town Center (Foggy Bottom – GWU)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Mezzanine One-way faregates, ticket machines, station agent
B3 Side platform, doors will open on the right
Westbound Blue Line Blue Line toward Franconia–Springfield (Arlington Cemetery)
Orange Line Orange Line toward Vienna (Court House)
Silver Line Silver Line toward Wiehle – Reston East (Court House)

Rosslyn is one of two stations (the other being the Pentagon station on the Blue and Yellow Lines) at which westbound trains serve a platform that is a level below the mezzanine-level platform for eastbound trains. This allows for trains to converge inbound and diverge outbound via a flying junction to avoid an at-grade crossing.[7]

Since the neighborhood is on a bluff over the Potomac River and the shared rail line into Washington passes through a rock-bored tunnel, Rosslyn station is deep — the deepest on the three lines servicing it, and one of the three deepest in the system. The upper platform is 97 feet below street level; the lower platform is another 20 feet below that. An escalator ride between the street and mezzanine levels takes about three minutes.[8] It is one of three stations on the Metro with platform-level fare gates and elevators. A new bank of three high-speed elevators and an expanded mezzanine opened officially on October 7, 2013.[9] It replaces the original single street elevator, cutting elevator transit time from about a minute to about 17 seconds.

Notable places nearby[edit]



  1. ^ "Metrorail Average Weekday Passenger Boardings". WMATA. Retrieved 2014-11-04. 
  2. ^ "Metro considers building ‘inner loop’ of new stations to ease congestion in system’s core". The Washington Post. 
  3. ^ Feaver, Douglas B. (July 1, 1977), "Today, Metro could be U.S. model", The Washington Post: A1 
  4. ^ Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (July 28, 2014). "Sequence of Metrorail openings". Retrieved 2014-11-28. 
  5. ^ Staff Reporters (June 24, 1977), "Metro's newest stations: Where they are, what's nearby", The Washington Post 
  6. ^ Eisen, Jack; John Feinstein (November 18, 1978), "City-County fanfare opens Orange Line; Ceremonies open new Orange Line", The Washington Post: D1 
  7. ^ "Rosslyn Station New Entrance Study". WMATA. March 2007. Retrieved 2009-04-03. 
  8. ^ Rosslyn Magazine: Discover A New Horizon, Vol. 1, Issue 2, Summer 2006, p. 21.
  9. ^ Arlington County news release 10/7/2013

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Coordinates: 38°53′46″N 77°04′19″W / 38.896031°N 77.071846°W / 38.896031; -77.071846