Fort Totten station

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Fort Totten
WMATA Metro Logo.svg WMATA Red.svg WMATA Green.svg WMATA Yellow.svg rapid transit station
Fort Totten Upper Level.jpg
Red line platform
Location 550 Galloway Street, NE
Washington, DC 20011
Coordinates 38°57′06″N 77°00′08″W / 38.951777°N 77.002174°W / 38.951777; -77.002174Coordinates: 38°57′06″N 77°00′08″W / 38.951777°N 77.002174°W / 38.951777; -77.002174
Owned by WMATA
  • WMATA Red.svg
  • WMATA Green.svg
  • WMATA Yellow.svg
Platforms 2 island platforms (1 per level)
Tracks 4 (2 per level)
Connections Bus transport Metrobus: 60, 64, 80, E2, E4, F6, K2, K6, K9, R1, R2
Structure type

Elevated Red Line

Underground Green Line and Yellow Line
Platform levels 2
Parking 408 spaces
Bicycle facilities 10 racks, 6 lockers
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code B06 (upper level)
E06 (lower level)
Opened February 6, 1978; 40 years ago (February 6, 1978)
Passengers (2017) 8,030 daily [1]Increase 6.13%
Preceding station   WMATA Metro Logo.svg Washington Metro   Following station
toward Shady Grove
Red Line
toward Glenmont
Green Line
toward Greenbelt
toward Huntington
Yellow Line
Only during off-peak service

Fort Totten is a Washington Metro station in northeastern Washington, D.C. It acts as a transfer point between the Green and Red Lines with Yellow Line service during off-peak hours. It is the last station on the Green Line in the District of Columbia before heading into Maryland. It is triply unique in being a 3-story station, the entrance and exit are on the second floor between the two lines, and both lines are island platforms.


Fort Totten is located in the middle of Fort Totten Park in Northeast and is accessed via Galloway Street. The station is considered to be in the neighborhood of Fort Totten, and is a short distance from the neighborhoods of Manor Park and Riggs Park.[2] The station's name comes from a Civil War-era fortification which itself was named after General Joseph Gilbert Totten, the Chief Engineer of the antebellum US Army.


Lower level, looking southbound
Station's lower level platform, 2016

Service began on the Red Line (upper) platform on February 6, 1978, and on the Green Line (lower) platform on December 11, 1993.[3] Between 1993 and September 1999, Fort Totten served as the terminus of the northern portion of the Green Line until the opening of stations between Fort Totten and U Street-Cardozo. Beginning on December 31, 2006 as part of an 18-month trial, Metro extended Yellow Line service to Fort Totten station during non-rush hours and weekends.[4] In a press release, Councilmember Jim Graham said that the service change would support the "development and urban lifestyle" of the neighborhoods between the Fort Totten and Mount Vernon Square stations.[5] As a part of the Metro Rush Plus initiative, which began in June 2012 and ended in June 2017, several Yellow Line trains arriving from Franconia–Springfield continued onto Greenbelt and vice versa, thus bringing full-time Yellow Line service between Fort Totten and Mount Vernon Square.[6]

2009 Red Line collision[edit]

On June 22, 2009, two southbound Metro trains on the Red Line collided between the Takoma and Fort Totten stations, killing 9 and injuring 80, the deadliest accident in the system's history.[7] A plaque inside the station's mezzanine commemorates the victims of the crash. Plans are in the works to one day create a memorial site outside the station after the current accommodations were deemed insensitive by the victims' families. [8]

Station layout[edit]

Station pylon

The lower-level platform for the Green Line (and the Yellow Line during off-peak times) is unique in that it is built into a hillside, part underground in a rock tunnel, and part at ground level in an open cut. A single-track connection east of the station allows trains to be moved between the Red and Green Lines, and was once used for the Green Line Commuter Shortcut service to Farragut North via the Red Line tracks, before the mid-city segment of the Green Line was completed in September 1999.

1F Westbound WMATA Red.svg toward Grosvenor or Shady Grove (Brookland–CUA)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Eastbound WMATA Red.svg toward Silver Spring or Glenmont (Takoma)
M Street level Exit/Entrance, one-way faregates, ticket machines, station agent
B1 Southbound WMATA Green.svg toward Branch Avenue (Georgia Avenue–Petworth)
WMATA Yellow.svg toward Huntington (Georgia Avenue–Petworth)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Northbound WMATA Green.svg toward Greenbelt (West Hyattsville)
WMATA Yellow.svg alighting passengers only →


  1. ^ "Metrorail Average Weekday Passenger Boardings" (PDF). WMATA. Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. Retrieved July 31, 2018.
  2. ^ "Station Vicinity Map: Fort Totten" (PDF). WMATA. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  3. ^ "Sequence of Metrorail openings" (PDF). WMATA. 2017. p. 3. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  4. ^ Weiss, Eric M. (December 30, 2006). "Yellow Line Is En Route to Fort Totten". The Washington Post. p. B01.
  5. ^ "Metro Extends Yellow Line to Fort Totten During Off-Peak Hours" (Press release). WMATA. December 26, 2006.
  6. ^ "Metro unveils new system map in preparation for Rush Plus" (Press release). WMATA. March 19, 2012. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  7. ^ Sun, Lena H.; Glod, Maria (June 23, 2009). "At Least 6 Killed in Red Line Crash; THE IMPACT: Train Strikes Another, Injuring Scores, Stalling Commute". The Washington Post. Retrieved June 23, 2009.
  8. ^ Weir, Kyjta (June 22, 2012). "Gray to unveil Fort Totten Metro crash memorial plaque but no park decision". The Washington Examiner. Retrieved July 17, 2012.

External links[edit]

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