Wheaton Station

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For the Metra station in Illinois, see Wheaton (Metra station).
Washington Metro rapid transit station
Wheaton Station long exposure.jpg
Station statistics
Address 11171 Georgia Avenue
Wheaton, MD 20902
Coordinates 39°02′19″N 77°03′03″W / 39.0386°N 77.0508°W / 39.0386; -77.0508Coordinates: 39°02′19″N 77°03′03″W / 39.0386°N 77.0508°W / 39.0386; -77.0508
Line(s) Red Line Red Line
Connections Bus transport Ride On: 7, 8, 9, 31, 34, 37, 38
Bus transport Metrobus: C2, C4, Q1, Q2, Q4, Q5, Q6, Y2, Y7, Y8
Structure type Underground
Platforms 2 inter-connected side platforms
Tracks 2
Parking 977 spaces
Bicycle facilities 36 racks, 20 lockers
Other information
Opened September 22, 1990; 24 years ago (September 22, 1990)
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Station code B10
Owned by WMATA
Preceding station   WMATA Metro Logo.svg Washington Metro   Following station
toward Shady Grove
Red Line

Wheaton Station is a Washington Metro station in Montgomery County, Maryland (USA) on the Red Line.

The station serves the suburb of Wheaton, and is located at the intersection of Georgia Avenue (Maryland Route 97) and Reedie Drive. This station features the longest set of single-span escalators in the Western Hemisphere, each featuring a length of 230 feet (70 m),[1] with a vertical rise of 115 feet (35 m).[2] It is the second deepest station in the system, behind Forest Glen, which has an elevator-only exit due to its depth. Wheaton's escalators travel at a speed of 90 feet (27 m) per minute (±5%) and are set at an inclination of 30 degrees.[3] The trip takes approximately 2 minutes and 45 seconds, though some commuters shorten the time by walking.

Another architectural feature of this station is separate tunnels and platforms for each direction, instead of the large, vaulted common room seen at most other underground stations in the Metro system. This design, which is similar to many of the London Underground's tube stations, was used to save money due to the station's depth. Forest Glen is the only other Washington Metro station to have this design.

Service at Wheaton began on September 22, 1990. It was the northeastern end of the Red Line for nearly eight years, until the Glenmont station opened in July 1998.

The station's escalators are 230 feet long, the longest escalators in the Western Hemisphere.

Notable places nearby[edit]

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Exit/ Entrance
M Mezzanine One-way faregates, ticket machines, station agent
Platform level
Westbound Red Line Red Line toward Shady Grove (Forest Glen)
Side platform, doors will open on the left
Side platform, doors will open on the left
Eastbound Red Line Red Line toward Glenmont (Terminus)


  1. ^ Metro Facts. Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. Accessed September 14, 2010.
  2. ^ The Washington Post. "Standing on the Left? You Must Be on Vacation", 5/17, 2004, Washington, D.C.: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A31605-2004May16.html
  3. ^ Elevator/Escalator Department, WMATA. Reply to a costumer inquiry, Case 580424. Answer forwarded by Helen B. Gregory, Costumer Service, WMATA, 9/14, 2010

External links[edit]

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