Ballston–MU station

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WMATA Metro Logo.svg Ballston–MU Orange Line Silver Line
WMATA Ballston-MU station.jpg
Location 4230 Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22203
Owned by Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Connections Bus transport Metrobus: 1A, 1B, 2A, 10B, 22A, 22B, 22C, 23A, 23B, 25B, 23T, 38B
Bus transport Arlington Transit: 41, 42, 51, 52, 53, 62, 75
Structure type Underground
Bicycle facilities 54 racks
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code K04
Opened December 1, 1979; 37 years ago (December 1, 1979)
Previous names Glebe Road (during construction)
Ballston (1979–1997)
Passengers (2016) 10,107 daily [1]Decrease 12.27%
Preceding station   WMATA Metro Logo.svg Washington Metro   Following station
toward Vienna
Orange Line
Silver Line

Ballston–MU is a side platformed Washington Metro station in 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 transit-oriented community of Ballston, Ballston Common Mall as well as 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. It is the last underground station for outbound trains on both lines. West of this station, the tracks rise above ground inside the median of Interstate 66.


Originally to be called Glebe Road, in March 1977 the Metro board changed its name to Ballston.[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]

On Tuesday September 24, 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 Orange Line Orange Line toward Vienna (East Falls Church)
Silver Line Silver Line toward Wiehle – Reston East (East Falls Church)
Eastbound Orange Line Orange Line toward New Carrollton (Virginia Square – GMU)
Silver Line Silver Line toward Largo Town Center (Virginia Square – GMU)
Side platform, doors will open on the right


  1. ^ "Metrorail Average Weekday Passenger Boardings" (PDF). WMATA. Retrieved 2017-04-23. 
  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 2013-11-13.

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