Takoma (WMATA station)

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Takoma
Washington Metro rapid transit station
Takoma Metro station from outbound end.jpg
Station statistics
Address 327 Cedar Street, NW
Washington, DC 20012
Coordinates 38°58′32″N 77°01′04″W / 38.975532°N 77.017834°W / 38.975532; -77.017834Coordinates: 38°58′32″N 77°01′04″W / 38.975532°N 77.017834°W / 38.975532; -77.017834
Line(s) Red Line Red Line
Connections Bus transport Metrobus: 52, 53, 54, 62, 63, F1, F2, K2
Bus transport Ride On: 3, 12, 13, 14, 16, 18, 24, 25
Structure type at-grade
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 2
Parking 146 spaces
Bicycle facilities 38 racks, 60 lockers
Other information
Opened February 6, 1978; 36 years ago (February 6, 1978)
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Station code B07
Owned by WMATA
Traffic
Passengers (2010) 2.037 million[1]
Services
Preceding station   WMATA Metro Logo.svg Washington Metro   Following station
toward Shady Grove
Red Line
toward Glenmont

Takoma is a Washington Metro station in Washington, D.C. on the Red Line. It is the last station within the District of Columbia on the eastern end of the line heading to Maryland.

Location[edit]

The station serves the area of Takoma Park, Maryland and the Takoma neighborhood of Washington, D.C. and is located in Northwest at Cedar Street and Carroll Street, just inside the District of Columbia.

Station layout[edit]

P
Platform level
Westbound Red Line Red Line toward Shady Grove (Fort Totten)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Eastbound Red Line Red Line toward Glenmont (Silver Spring)
M Mezzanine One-way faregates, ticket machines, station agent
G Street Level Exit/ Entrance

The entrance to the station is at the street level, with escalators leading up to the platform. A separate accessible entrance consisting of a single elevator is located near the middle of the platform. The separate accessible and general entrances are a relative rarity in the Washington Metrorail System; only Rosslyn and Tenleytown-AU stations share this feature. Takoma, like Brookland-CUA, Fort Totten, and Silver Spring, is in the middle of a CSX rail line. There are two tracks to either side of the island platform, and Metrorail trains use the track on either side closest to the platform.

History[edit]

Prior to the opening of Metrorail, the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad (B&O) operated commuter trains through Takoma Park. Though the B&O station itself was torn down, remnants of the Takoma Park B&O rail station are visible to the west of the Metro station.[2] Commuter rail service ended before Metrorail service began, and the old station was demolished in order widen the right-of-way to accommodate Metrorail. Construction of the Metrorail Station took place in the early 1970s, and the station shares many architectural features with the other early above-ground stations in the system.

Service began on February 6, 1978. Takoma was among some of the first stations to open in the Metrorail System, less than one year after the system's inauguration on March 27, 1976.

2009 collision[edit]

On June 22, 2009, a southbound Metro train on the Red Line collided with another southbound train, which was stopped between the Takoma and Fort Totten stations, causing the deadliest accident in the system's history.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Neighborhood profiles WDCEP Retrieved 2011-12-16
  2. ^ Bentley, Elizabeth. "Commerce in Takoma Park: A Century of Change". Takoma Voice. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  3. ^ Lena H. Sun; Robert Thomson (June 22, 2009). "Red Line Collision Kills at Least 6". The Washington Post. Retrieved June 23, 2009. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Takoma (WMATA station) at Wikimedia Commons