Virginia Square – GMU (WMATA station)

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Virginia Square–GMU
Virginia Sq-GMU station showing mezzanine.jpg
Station statistics
Address 3600 Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22201

Orange Line Orange Line

Silver Line Silver Line
Connections Bus transport Metrobus: 38B
Structure type Underground
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Bicycle facilities 12 racks, 32 lockers
Other information
Opened December 1, 1979
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Station code K03
Owned by Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
Formerly Virginia Square (1979–85)
Passengers (2007) 2.103 million[1] Increase 8%
Preceding station   WMATA Metro Logo.svg Washington Metro   Following station
toward Vienna
Orange Line
Silver Line

Virginia Square–GMU is a side platformed Washington Metro station in the Virginia Square neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia, United States. The station opened on December 1, 1979, and is operated by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). The station serves the Orange and Silver Lines. The station serves the Virginia Square neighborhood as well as the Arlington Campus of George Mason University (GMU). The station entrance is located at the intersection of Fairfax Drive and North Monroe Street.


Originally to be called Ballston, in March 1977 the Metro board officially changed its name to Virginia Square.[2] Its name was changed due to its location at the since demolished Virginia Square Shopping Center.[2] After several years of construction, the station opened on December 1, 1979.[3] Its opening coincided with the completion of approximately 3 miles (4.8 km) of rail west of the Rosslyn station and the opening of the Court House, Clarendon and Ballston stations.[3]

Known originally as simply Virginia Square, in July 1985 the Metro board voted unanimously to rename the station Virginia Square–GMU.[4] With the "GMU" standing for the adjacent, Arlington campus of George Mason University, the $50,000 required for the change was paid for by Arlington County.[4]

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Exit/ Entrance
M Mezzanine Fare control
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Westbound Orange Line Orange Line toward Vienna (Ballston–MU)
Silver Line Silver Line toward Wiehle–Reston East (Ballston–MU)
Eastbound Orange Line Orange Line toward New Carrollton (Clarendon)
Silver Line Silver Line toward Largo Town Center (Clarendon)
Side platform, doors will open on the right


  1. ^ FY2006-07 Metrorail ridership summary by station Think Outside the Car Retrieved 2009-11-28
  2. ^ a b Eisen, Jack (March 10, 1977). "Fate of Metrorail line in I-66 has become uncertain". The Washington Post. 
  3. ^ a b Feaver, Douglas B.; Sandra G. Boodman (December 2, 1979), "Area celebrates extension of Metrorail in Arlington", The Washington Post: C1 
  4. ^ a b Staff Reporters (July 25, 1985), "$50,000 allotted to rename Metro stop", The Washington Post: C3 

External links[edit]

Media related to Virginia Square – GMU (WMATA station) at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 38°52′58″N 77°06′12″W / 38.882886°N 77.103328°W / 38.882886; -77.103328