Takoma (WMATA station)
Washington Metro rapid transit station
|Address||327 Cedar Street, NW
Washington, DC 20012
|Connections|| Metrobus: 52, 53, 54, 62, 63, F1, F2, K2
Ride On: 3, 12, 13, 14, 16, 18, 24, 25
|Platforms||1 island platform|
|Bicycle facilities||38 racks, 60 lockers|
|Opened||February 6, 1978|
|Passengers (2010)||2.037 million|
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.
|Westbound||← Red Line toward Shady Grove (Fort Totten)|
|Island platform, doors will open on the left|
|Eastbound||→ 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.
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. 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.
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.
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