Van Dorn Street Station

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Van Dorn Street
Washington Metro rapid transit station
WMATA Van Dorn Street station.jpg
Station statistics
Address 5690 Eisenhower Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22310
Coordinates 38°47′57″N 77°07′45″W / 38.79925°N 77.12922°W / 38.79925; -77.12922Coordinates: 38°47′57″N 77°07′45″W / 38.79925°N 77.12922°W / 38.79925; -77.12922
Line(s) Blue Line Blue Line
Yellow Line (rush only) Yellow Line (rush only)
Connections Bus transport DASH: AT1, AT5, AT7, AT8
Bus transport Fairfax Connector: 109, 231, 232, 321, 322
Bus transport Metrobus: 25B
Structure type Embankment
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 2
Parking 361 spaces
Bicycle facilities 20 racks, 6 lockers
Other information
Opened June 15, 1991; 23 years ago (June 15, 1991)
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Station code J02
Owned by WMATA
Preceding station   WMATA Metro Logo.svg Washington Metro   Following station
Blue Line
Van Dorn Street Station is located in Alexandria, Virginia
Van Dorn Street Station

Van Dorn Street is a Washington Metro station straddling the boundary between Fairfax County and the independent city of Alexandria in Virginia, United States. The station’s island platform lies in unincorporated Rose Hill, while the station’s entrance and parking facilities are in Alexandria. The station was opened on June 15, 1991, and is operated by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). Providing service for the Blue Line, the station is located at South Van Dorn Street and Eisenhower Avenue, next to the Capital Beltway. From 1991 to 1997 it was the southwestern terminus of the Blue Line.

In June 1977, the city of Alexandria, Southern Railway, and the United Parcel Service reached an agreement allowing for Metro to retain the air rights for the construction of the Van Dorn station when funding became available.[1] After years of planning, in March 1987 Metro awarded a $32.3 million contract to complete the station by 1991 to Dillingham Construction of Pleasanton, California.[2] Originally slated to be part of the Yellow Line, in early 1990 it was decided Van Dorn would be served by the Blue Line with the Yellow Line being shifted to the Huntington station.[3] The station opened on June 15, 1991, with the completion of 3.9 miles (6.3 km) of rail west of the King Street – Old Town station.[4][5] Van Dorn Street would remain as the southwestern terminus of the Blue Line from its completion through the opening of the Franconia–Springfield station on June 29, 1997.[6]

Station layout[edit]

Platform level
Westbound Blue Line Blue Line ( Yellow Line (rush only) Yellow Line (rush only)) toward Franconia–Springfield (Terminus)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Eastbound Blue Line Blue Line toward Largo Town Center ( Yellow Line (rush only) Yellow Line (rush only) toward Greenbelt) (King Street – Old Town)
M Mezzanine One-way faregates, ticket machines, station agent
G Street Level Exit/ Entrance


  1. ^ Feaver, Douglas B. (June 30, 1977), "Alexandria agreement saves Metro station site", The Washington Post: VA3 
  2. ^ Henderson, Nell (March 13, 1987), "Metro awards contract to build Van Dorn Station", The Washington Post: C1 
  3. ^ Henderson, Nell (March 16, 1990), "Metro seeks comments on budget that includes new rail stations", The Washington Post: D3 
  4. ^ Staff Reporters (June 15, 1991), "Van Dorn Station to open", The Washington Post: B5 
  5. ^ Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (July 2009). "Sequence of Metrorail openings". Retrieved July 25, 2010. 
  6. ^ Tousignant, Marylou (June 27, 1997), "At last, Metro reaches end of the Blue Line; Franconia-Springfield station to begin service on Sunday", The Washington Post: B1 

External links[edit]

Media related to Van Dorn Street (WMATA station) at Wikimedia Commons