Ballston–MU station

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Ballston – MU
WMATA Metro Logo.svg WMATA Orange.svg WMATA Silver.svg rapid transit station
WMATA Ballston-MU station.jpg
Location4230 Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22203
Owned byWashington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
Platforms2 side platforms
ConnectionsBus transport Metrobus: 1A, 1B, 2A, 10B, 22A, 22C, 23A, 23B, 23T, 25B, 38B
Bus transport Arlington Transit: 41, 42, 51, 52, 53, 62, 72, 75
Structure typeUnderground
Bicycle facilities54 racks
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station codeK04
OpenedDecember 1, 1979; 39 years ago (December 1, 1979)
Previous namesGlebe Road (during construction)
Ballston (1979–1997)
Passengers (2017)9,414 daily [1]Decrease 6.86%
Preceding station WMATA Metro Logo.svg Washington Metro Following station
East Falls Church
toward Vienna
Orange Line Virginia Square–GMU
East Falls Church Silver Line Virginia Square–GMU

Ballston–MU is a side-platformed Washington Metro station in Arlington County, 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 transit-oriented community of Ballston, Ballston Common Mall, and Marymount University (MU). Ballston–MU is also a major Metrobus transfer station. The station entrance is located at North Fairfax Drive and North Stuart Street, near the intersection of Wilson Boulevard and North Glebe Road. West of this station, the tracks rise above ground inside the median of Interstate 66.


Originally to be called Glebe Road, the station was renamed Ballston by the Metro board in March 1977.[2] After several years of construction, the station opened on December 1, 1979, as the western terminus of the Orange Line.[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 Virginia Square stations.[3] Ballston would serve as the western terminus of the Orange Line from its opening through the opening of its extension to the Vienna station on June 7, 1986.[4] The station remains as the final underground station for westbound travelers since its completion.[5]

Known simply as Ballston since its opening, in December 1995 the Metro board voted unanimously to rename the station Ballston–MU,[6] with the "MU" standing for the adjacent Marymount University. The $85,000 required for the change was paid for by Arlington County.[6]

In September 2013, the Arlington County Board approved a funding plan for the county's share of revenue generated by Virginia's new transportation legislation. The plan calls for $500,000 to be allocated to planning for a new western entrance to the Ballston–MU station located at the intersection of N. Fairfax and Vermont Streets. The funding request would suggest that the entrance could be built by 2018.[7]

Station layout[edit]

G Street level Exit/entrance
M Mezzanine One-way faregates, ticket machines, station agent
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Westbound WMATA Orange.svg toward Vienna (East Falls Church)
WMATA Silver.svg toward Wiehle–Reston East (East Falls Church)
Eastbound WMATA Orange.svg toward New Carrollton (Virginia Square–GMU)
WMATA Silver.svg toward Largo Town Center (Virginia Square–GMU)
Side platform, doors will open on the right


  1. ^ "Metrorail Average Weekday Passenger Boardings" (PDF). Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. May 2017. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  2. ^ 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. p. C1.
  4. ^ Lynton, Stephen J. (June 8, 1986). "9.1 More Miles For Metrorail". The Washington Post. p. C1.
  5. ^ Hodge, Paul (November 29, 1979). "A walking tour of Arlington's four new subway stations". The Washington Post. p. Virginia 5.
  6. ^ a b Baker, Peter; Stephen C. Fehr (December 21, 1995). "Longer name for Ballston Metro". The Washington Post. p. Virginia 1.
  7. ^ "Board Requests Planning Funds for New Ballston Metro Entrance". ARLnow. September 25, 2013. Retrieved November 13, 2013.

External links[edit]

Media related to Ballston–MU (WMATA station) at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 38°52′55″N 77°06′41″W / 38.881909°N 77.111412°W / 38.881909; -77.111412