King Street–Old Town station

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WMATA Metro Logo.svg King Street–Old Town Blue Line Yellow Line
Washington Metro rapid transit station
King Street Station 2.jpg
Location 1900 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22301
Coordinates 38°48′23″N 77°03′40″W / 38.806501°N 77.06112°W / 38.806501; -77.06112Coordinates: 38°48′23″N 77°03′40″W / 38.806501°N 77.06112°W / 38.806501; -77.06112
Owned by WMATA
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 2
Connections Railway line Amtrak and VRE (at Union Station)
Bus transport DASH: AT2, AT2X, AT5, AT6, AT7, AT8, AT10
Bus transport Metrobus: 28A, 29K, 29N
Bus transport Richmond Highway Express
Railway line King Street Trolley
Structure type Embankment
Parking 30 spaces (parking meters)
Bicycle facilities 34 racks, 20 lockers
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code C13
Opened December 17, 1983; 33 years ago (December 17, 1983)
Previous names King Street (1983–2011)
Passengers (2016) 7829 daily [1]Decrease 12.11%
Preceding station   WMATA Metro Logo.svg Washington Metro   Following station
Blue Line
Yellow Line
Greenbelt-Franconia-Springfield weekdays rush hours service
toward Greenbelt
toward Huntington
Yellow Line
Mount Vernon Square-Huntington weekdays rush hours service
Yellow Line
Not on weekdays rush hours
toward Fort Totten
  Out-of-system interchange  
Virginia Railway Express
toward Broad Run
Manassas Line
Transfer at: Alexandria
toward Spotsylvania
Fredericksburg Line
Transfer at: Alexandria
King Street–Old Town station is located in Alexandria
King Street–Old Town station

King Street–Old Town is an island platformed Washington Metro station in Alexandria, Virginia, United States. The station opened on December 17, 1983, and is operated by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). Providing service for both the Blue and Yellow Lines, this is the southernmost transfer station for the Blue and Yellow lines, as the two lines converge just south of the station. During inclement weather, Crystal City is commonly used as an unofficial transfer point, being the southernmost underground station common to both lines. King Street was originally served only by the Yellow Line, until the Blue Line was extended from National Airport to Van Dorn Street in 1991.

The station is located at King Street and Commonwealth Avenue. Entrances to the station are located on King Street and on the Diagonal Road side of the station. The station is above ground, and access to the platform is provided by one pair of escalators, one staircase, and one elevator. King Street is the second fastest growing station on the Washington Metro (behind Gallery Place). Over the past ten years, its ridership has increased 11%.[2]


The station's platform.

Originally scheduled to open in summer 1982, its opening was delayed due to both unavailability of new subway cars and the lack of a test track.[3] Construction of the station was complete by summer 1982,[4] and in September 1983 Metro announced the station would open that December as the new cars would be ready for service.[5] The station opened on December 17, 1983.[6] Its opening coincided with the completion of 4.2 miles (6.8 km)[7] of rail between National Airport and Huntington and the opening of the Braddock Road, Eisenhower Avenue and Huntington stations.[6]

An expansion to the station added a second entrance and mezzanine across Commonwealth Avenue from the existing mezzanine, with the new entrance located on Cameron Street, across from the nearby Hilton Hotel. The expansion also includes a new canopy over the north end of the platform, designed to match the original canopy.[8][9] A gap was left between the two canopies to preserve the view of the George Washington Masonic Memorial from Old Town.

The station was named King Street from its 1983 opening until November 3, 2011, when the station was given its present name as part of a preparation for service changes planned for 2012.[10]

Transit connections[edit]

The station is adjacent to Alexandria Union Station, together with which it serves Old Town Alexandria and as a transit hub for the city as a whole. Both Metrobus and DASH provide service to the station. A free daily trolley service provides direct access to Old Town and the Waterfront, making many stops along King Street. Car sharing is also available. The station is about 12 blocks (one mile or 1.6 kilometers) from the intersection of King and Washington Streets; it is about 17 blocks from the Waterfront.

Station layout[edit]

Platform level
Westbound Yellow Line Yellow Line toward Huntington (Eisenhower Avenue)
Blue Line Blue Line toward Franconia–Springfield (Van Dorn Street)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Eastbound Yellow Line Yellow Line toward Fort Totten (Braddock Road)
Blue Line Blue Line toward Largo Town Center (Braddock Road)
G Street Level Exit/Entrance
One-way faregates, ticket machines, station agent
Connection to VRE and Amtrak platforms at Union Station

Notable places nearby[edit]


  1. ^ "Metrorail Average Weekday Passenger Boardings" (PDF). WMATA. Retrieved 2017-04-26. 
  2. ^ "Metrorail Average Weekday Passenger Boardings" (PDF). WMATA. Retrieved 2014-11-04. 
  3. ^ Feaver, Douglas B. (January 30, 1981). "Status of future Metro openings". The Washington Post. p. C5. 
  4. ^ Battiata, Mary (September 22, 1982). "Alexandria angered by delays in opening of subway". The Washington Post. p. VA1. 
  5. ^ Lynton, Stephen J. (September 21, 1983). "Metro panel approves plan for December Yellow Line opening". The Washington Post. p. C4. 
  6. ^ a b Burgess, John (December 20, 1983). "Yellow Line trains run smoothly as new stations get first test". The Washington Post. p. C3. 
  7. ^ Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (July 2009). "Sequence of Metrorail openings" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on January 13, 2010. Retrieved July 25, 2010. 
  8. ^ O'Hanlon, Ann (February 14, 2002). "King Street Metro Station to get more entrances". The Washington Post. p. T3. 
  9. ^ Staff Reporters (September 21, 2004). "Ground was broken yesterday on $16 million in improvements to the King Street Station". The Washington Post. p. B3. 
  10. ^ "Station names updated for new map" (Press release). Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. 2011-11-03. Archived from the original on November 5, 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-05. 

External links[edit]

Media related to King Street – Old Town (WMATA station) at Wikimedia Commons