New Carrollton station

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WMATA Metro Logo.svg New Carrollton Orange Line
Amtrak station
MARC commuter rail station
Washington Metro rapid transit station
New Carrollton from inbound end of platform.jpg
A Metro train at New Carrollton station in May 2010
Location 4700 Garden City Drive (Metro)
4300 Garden City Drive (Amtrak)
New Carrollton, Maryland
Coordinates 38°56′53″N 76°52′19″W / 38.9480°N 76.8719°W / 38.9480; -76.8719Coordinates: 38°56′53″N 76°52′19″W / 38.9480°N 76.8719°W / 38.9480; -76.8719
Owned by Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Amtrak
Line(s)

Northeast Corridor
Orange Line Orange Line

  Purple Line (proposed)
Platforms 2 island platforms (1 for each service)
Tracks 2 (Washington Metro)
3 (Amtrak/MARC)
Connections Bus transport Metrobus: 87, B21, B22, B24, B27, B29, C28, F4, F6, F12, F13, F14, G12, G14, T14, T18
Bus transport MTA Maryland Commuter Bus
Bus transport TheBus: 15X, 16, 21, 21X
Bus transport Greyhound
Construction
Parking 3,519 spaces
Bicycle facilities 18 racks, 16 lockers (Metro)
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code NCR (Amtrak)
D13 (Metro)
History
Opened November 30, 1978 (1978-11-30) (Metro)
October 30, 1983 (1983-10-30) (Amtrak and Conrail)
Traffic
Passengers (2015) 165,066 annually[1]Decrease 2% (Amtrak)
Passengers (2015) 8349 daily [2]Decrease 8.23% (Metro)
Services
Preceding station   WMATA Metro Logo.svg Washington Metro   Following station
toward Vienna
Orange Line Terminus
MARC
Terminus
Penn Line
toward Perryville
BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak
Northeast Regional
Terminus
Vermonter
toward St. Albans
toward Savannah
Palmetto

New Carrollton is a joint Washington Metro, MARC, and Amtrak station in New Carrollton, Prince George's County, Maryland at the eastern end of the Orange Line and planned Purple Line, and adjacent to the Capital Beltway.

Beneath the Metro station platform, a waiting room serves Amtrak's Northeast Regional and Vermonter trains, as well as MARC's Penn Line trains. The New Carrollton Rail Yard is nearby.

Greyhound, a nationwide intercity bus company, also stops at the station on routes serving Richmond, Washington, Philadelphia, New York City, Pittsburgh, and points beyond.[3]

History[edit]

The New Carrollton station is the third station in the area to serve rail traffic.

The first station, Lanham, 0.75 miles (1.21 km) north of the current station, consisted of a small shelter and an asphalt platform served by a few Penn Central (later Conrail) commuter trains.

Metroliner at Capital Beltway in 1974.

The second, Capital Beltway, sat just inside the Capital Beltway. Opened on March 16, 1970, it was served by Penn Central (later Amtrak) Metroliners.[4][5]

On November 20, 1978, the Washington Metro opened its New Carrollton station, along with the Cheverly, Deanwood, Landover, and Minnesota Avenue stations, marking the completion of 7.4 miles (11.9 km) of Metro track northeast from the Stadium–Armory station.[6][7][8]

In August 1982, Conrail commuter trains (later AMDOT, then the MARC Penn Line) began stopping at Capital Beltway station; the Lanham and Landover stations were closed.[9] On October 30, 1983, Amtrak and AMDOT moved from Capital Beltway to a new island platform and waiting room at New Carrollton station.[4][10][11]

In October 2015, the Palmetto began stopping in New Carrollton.

Station layout[edit]

P
Platform level
Westbound Orange Line Orange Line toward Vienna (Landover)
Island platform, doors will open on the left or right
Westbound Orange Line Orange Line toward Vienna (Landover)
Track 1 Amtrak/MARC service (non-stopping track)
Track 3 Amtrak toward Baltimore and points north (BWI Airport)
MARC Penn Line toward Perryville (Seabrook)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Track 2 Amtrak/MARC toward Washington and points south (Washington)
M Mezzanine One-way faregates, ticket machines, station agent
G Street Level Exit/ Entrance
Amtrak/MARC platform

At New Carrollton, the Northeast Corridor consists of three tracks. The westernmost two tracks (Tracks 2 and 3) have an island platform between them, with Track 1 having no platform. To the east of the Amtrak platform is the Metro platform, serving the Orange Line. Bus loops and parking lots are located on both sides of the rail line.

The station has entrances at Harkins Road and Ellin Road, and Garden City Drive near U.S. Route 50, and Exit 19 on Interstate 495. This station is planned to be one of the Metro stations on the Purple Line Light Rail route, formerly known as the Bi-County Transitway.

Long-term plans for the New Carrollton station include adding a second island platform (providing access to Track 1) and adding a fourth track.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2015, State of Maryland" (PDF). Amtrak Government Affairs. November 2015. Retrieved 21 March 2016. 
  2. ^ "Metrorail Average Weekday Passenger Boardings" (PDF). WMATA. Retrieved 2016-06-07. 
  3. ^ Staff (August 25, 2011). "Greyhound Brings Premium Greyhound Express Service to the Southeast and Announces Expansion with 24 New Routes and Six New Markets". Greyhound Lines, Inc. Retrieved 8 February 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Fuchs, Tom (April 2009). "30th Anniversary of New Carrollton Station" (PDF). Transit Times. 23 (2): 5. 
  5. ^ "More Metro stops added at Capital Beltway stops". The Capital. May 15, 1970. p. 16. Retrieved October 1, 2014 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  6. ^ Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (July 2009). "Sequence of Metrorail openings" (PDF). Retrieved August 2, 2010. 
  7. ^ Feaver, Douglas B. (November 12, 1978). "Orange Line brings Metro to Beltway; Orange Line will bring Metro to P.G.". The Washington Post. p. C1. 
  8. ^ Eisen, Jack; Feinstein, John (November 18, 1978), "City-County fanfare opens Orange Line; Ceremonies open new Orange Line", The Washington Post, p. D1 
  9. ^ "Commuter Trains' New Stop: Beltway Station". Washington Post. August 11, 1982. p. MD11 – via Proquest Historical Newspapers. (subscription required (help)). 
  10. ^ "Metro Parking Spots Rented to Amtrak For Temporary Use at New Carrollton". Washington Post. October 28, 1983. p. C12 – via Proquest Historical Newspapers. (subscription required (help)). 
  11. ^ "New New Carrollton station". Amtrak. 1983. 
  12. ^ "MARC Growth & Investment Plan" (PDF). 

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