Shady Grove station

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Shady Grove
WMATA Metro Logo.svg WMATA Red.svg rapid transit station
WMATA Shady Grove station.jpg
Shady Grove station in September 2004, facing to the south.
Location15903 Somerville Drive
Derwood, MD 20855
Coordinates39°7′11.9″N 77°9′53.1″W / 39.119972°N 77.164750°W / 39.119972; -77.164750Coordinates: 39°7′11.9″N 77°9′53.1″W / 39.119972°N 77.164750°W / 39.119972; -77.164750
Owned byWMATA
Platforms1 island platform
ConnectionsBus transport Ride On: 43, 46, 53, 55, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 71, 74, 76, 78, 79, 90, 100, 101
Bus transport Metrobus: Q1, Q2, Q5, Q6
Bus transport MTA Maryland Bus: 201, 202, 991
Structure typeat-grade
Parking5,467 spaces
Bicycle facilities32 racks, 60 lockers
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station codeA15
OpenedDecember 15, 1984; 34 years ago (1984-12-15)
Passengers (2016)11,696 daily [1]Decrease 7.24%
Preceding station WMATA Metro Logo.svg Washington Metro Following station
Terminus Red Line Rockville
toward Glenmont

Shady Grove is a Washington Metro station in Derwood in Montgomery County, Maryland, United States. The station was opened on December 15, 1984 as part of a four-stop extension of the line from Grosvenor–Strathmore station out to Shady Grove. The station is operated by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA).

Serving as the northwestern terminus of the Red Line, it is the most distant Metro station from downtown Washington DC. The station is the location of the Shady Grove Yard, one of the largest storage yards in the Metrorail system.


Shady Grove in January 2017.

Despite its name, Shady Grove station is located within the unincorporated community of Derwood; it takes its name from Shady Grove Road to the north. Much of the surrounding area is industrial or low-density residential in nature, although Rockville Road to the south contains strips of commercial activity.[2] To the west is MD 355 (Frederick Road), a continuation of Rockville Pike, which the Red Line parallels throughout much of its route in western Montgomery County; MD 200A connects the Shady Grove station to I-370 and MD 200, better known as the Intercounty Connector. a toll road extending east to I-95.

The station is the northernmost station in the Washington Metro system, and is approximately equidistant from downtown Washington, D.C. and Frederick. It also the most distant Metro station (by straight-line distance) from the Washington Monument. The distance from Shady Grove to the Washington Monument is 18.39 miles (29.60 km), almost a whole mile further away than the next furthest station in the Metro system, Wiehle–Reston East on the Silver Line.

Transit-oriented development[edit]

In order to cope with increasing population growth and subsequent traffic congestion while combating urban sprawl, the Montgomery County Planning Department released the Shady Grove Sector Plan, which aims to act as a guideline for mixed-use growth around the station. The plan emphasises high-density residential and commercial properties within the immediate vicinity of Shady Grove station, with a steady transition to low-density as the distance from the station increases.[2]

The Sector Plan divides the surrounding area into five districts: Metro North, Metro East, Metro West, Metro South, and Jeremiah Park. Combined, there will be over 6,000 residential units within walking distance of Shady Grove station. In addition, the plan encourages the creation of a walkable street grid with defined main streets integrated with a comprehensive open space and park system.[2]


The station opened on December 15, 1984[3] as part of a 7-mile (11 km), four-station northwestern extension of the Red Line[4] between Grosvenor–Strathmore and Shady Grove stations.[3]

In 1996, this station was the site of the Washington Metro's second fatal accident when a train arriving at the station overshot the platform and collided with a parked train awaiting assignment, killing the operator of the moving train.[5] The Washington Post reported that the striking train was two months overdue for scheduled brake maintenance. A degradation of brake performance could have played a role in the crash. The crash, which occurred during the Blizzard of 1996, was caused by a failure in the train's Automatic Train Control system.[6]

Station layout[edit]

Platform level
Inbound WMATA Red.svg termination track
WMATA Red.svg toward Silver Spring or Glenmont (Rockville)
Island platform, doors will open on the left or right
Inbound WMATA Red.svg termination track
WMATA Red.svg toward Silver Spring or Glenmont (Rockville)
Outbound      Brunswick Line does not stop here
     Capitol Limited does not stop here
Inbound      Capitol Limited does not stop here →
     Brunswick Line does not stop here →
M Mezzanine One-way faregates, ticket machines, station agent
G Street Level Exit/ Entrance


  1. ^ "Metrorail Average Weekday Passenger Boardings" (PDF). WMATA. Retrieved April 26, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "Shady Grove sector plan" (PDF). Montgomery County Planning. Retrieved September 20, 2010.
  3. ^ a b Zibart, Eve (December 16, 1984), "A rainbow coalition flocks to Red Line; four stops open amid hoopla", The Washington Post, p. A1
  4. ^ Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (July 2009). "Sequence of Metrorail openings" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on October 9, 2013. Retrieved July 30, 2010.
  5. ^ "Railroad Accident Report: Collision of Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Train T-111 with Standing Train at Shady Grove Passenger Station, Gaithersburg, Maryland, January 6, 1996" (PDF). National Transportation Safety Board. October 29, 1996. Retrieved July 30, 2010.
  6. ^ Matt Johnson (June 24, 2009). "A look at Metro's safety systems". Greater Greater Washington. Retrieved August 1, 2015. It's far too early to speculate on the cause of the collision at this time. However, those familiar with the system already suspect that something went wrong in Metro's signaling system that allowed these trains to approach and collide.

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