Crystal City station (Washington Metro)

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Crystal City
WMATA Metro Logo.svg WMATA Blue.svg WMATA Yellow.svg rapid transit station
Crystal City.jpg
Location 1750 South Clark Street
Arlington, VA 22202
Coordinates 38°51′28″N 77°03′03″W / 38.857856°N 77.050874°W / 38.857856; -77.050874Coordinates: 38°51′28″N 77°03′03″W / 38.857856°N 77.050874°W / 38.857856; -77.050874
Owned by WMATA
  • WMATA Blue.svg
  • WMATA Yellow.svg
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Connections Mainline rail interchange VRE (at Crystal City station)
Bus transport Arlington Transit: 43, 92
Bus transport Fairfax Connector: 599
Bus transport Metrobus: 10N, 23A, 23B
Bus transport Metroway
Bus transport PRTC OmniRide
Structure type Underground
Bicycle facilities 10 racks
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code C09
Opened July 1, 1977; 41 years ago (July 1, 1977)
Passengers (2016) 11,179 daily [1]Decrease 6.9% (Metro)
Preceding station   WMATA Metro Logo.svg Washington Metro   Following station
Blue Line
toward Huntington
Yellow Line
Weekday rush hour service
Yellow Line
Not on weekday rush hours
toward Fort Totten
One-way operation
Potomac Yard
  Out-of-system interchange  
Virginia Railway Express
toward Broad Run
Manassas Line
Transfer at: Crystal City
toward Spotsylvania
Fredericksburg Line
Transfer at: Crystal City

Crystal City is a side platformed Washington Metro station in the Crystal City neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia, United States. The station was opened on July 1, 1977, and is operated by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). Providing service for both the Blue and Yellow Lines, the station is located on 18th Street in between the Jefferson Davis Memorial Highway and South Bell Street. The station is also accessible from the underground network of shopping centers and restaurants extending beneath Crystal City.

This is the final indoor transfer point between the Blue and Yellow lines in the southbound direction. In inclement weather, commuters may prefer to transfer at Crystal City rather than at King Street–Old Town, which is outdoors.

The station is also served by the Metroway bus rapid transit line. Some Metroway buses terminate here rather than at Pentagon City station.


The station opened on July 1, 1977.[2] Its opening coincided with the completion of 11.8 miles (19.0 km)[3] of rail between National Airport and RFK Stadium and the opening of the Arlington Cemetery, Capitol South, Eastern Market, Farragut West, Federal Center SW, Federal Triangle, Foggy Bottom–GWU, L'Enfant Plaza, McPherson Square, National Airport, Pentagon, Pentagon City, Potomac Avenue, Rosslyn, Smithsonian and Stadium–Armory stations.[4]

Since summer 1992, Virginia Railway Express has a nearby station with the same name on Crystal Drive.[5]

On August 24, 2014, the Metroway Bus Rapid Transit system opened and started servicing Crystal City.[6]

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Exit/entrance, bus and Metroway connections
M Mezzanine One-way faregates, ticket machines, station agent
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Southbound WMATA Blue.svg toward Franconia–Springfield (Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport)
WMATA Yellow.svg toward Huntington (Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport)
Northbound WMATA Blue.svg toward Largo Town Center (Pentagon City)
WMATA Yellow.svg toward Mount Vernon Square or Fort Totten (Pentagon City)
Side platform, doors will open on the right


  1. ^ "Metrorail Average Weekday Passenger Boardings" (PDF). WMATA. Retrieved April 26, 2017.
  2. ^ Feaver, Douglas B. (July 1, 1977). "Today, Metro could be U.S. model". The Washington Post. p. A1.
  3. ^ "Sequence of Metrorail openings" (PDF). Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. 2017. p. 3. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  4. ^ Staff Reporters (June 24, 1977). "Metro's newest stations: Where they are, what's nearby". The Washington Post.
  5. ^ Fehr, Stephen C. (June 18, 1992). "Getting on track; Fairfax ready to roll with its 3 commuter stations". The Washington Post.
  6. ^ "Metroway premium transit service starting this summer" (Press release). WMATA. July 1, 2014. Retrieved June 25, 2016.}

External links[edit]

Crystal City Metro headhouse

Media related to Crystal City (WMATA station) at Wikimedia Commons