Twinbrook (WMATA station)

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Twinbrook
Washington Metro rapid transit station
Twinbrook.jpg
Station statistics
Address 1600 Chapman Avenue
Rockville, MD 20852
Coordinates 39°3′44.6″N 77°7′14.8″W / 39.062389°N 77.120778°W / 39.062389; -77.120778Coordinates: 39°3′44.6″N 77°7′14.8″W / 39.062389°N 77.120778°W / 39.062389; -77.120778
Line(s) Red Line Red Line
Connections Bus transport Ride On: 5, 10, 26, 44, 45, 46, 93
Bus transport Metrobus: C4, J5
Structure type Surface
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 2
Parking 1,097 spaces
Bicycle facilities 68 racks, 26 lockers
Other information
Opened December 15, 1984; 29 years ago (December 15, 1984)
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Station code A13
Owned by WMATA
Traffic
Passengers (2006) 1.738 million Increase 5%
Services
Preceding station   WMATA Metro Logo.svg Washington Metro   Following station
toward Shady Grove
Red Line
toward Glenmont

Twinbrook is a rapid transit station on the Red Line of the Washington Metro attached to the Twinbrook neighborhood of Rockville, Maryland. One of a number of stations on the Rockville Pike corridor, it primarily acts as a commuter station.

Location[edit]

Twinbrook station is located in the southern section of Rockville, one of the largest communities in Montgomery County. Specifically, it lies to the east of the intersection of Rockville Pike and Halpine Road, the railway's right-of-way splitting the latter in two.[1]

Transit-oriented development[edit]

Like other Metro stations in Montgomery County, Twinbrook is a center for planned transit-oriented development. The county planning department released the Twinbrook Sector Plan in 2009, which acts as a guideline for mixed-use, walkable development around the station.[2] To fulfill this vision, the plan splits the surrounding area into three zones heading east: a mixed-use urban core area, a technology center, and a light industrial section. In addition, it calls for the redesign of certain arterial roads in the neighborhood such as Twinbrook Pike and Parklawn Drive as well as connecting dead-end streets to create a grid, aiding walkability.[2] Not included in the Sector Plan is the Twinbrook Station project, which occupies land directly adjacent to the Metro station.[3]

History[edit]

The station opened on December 15, 1984.[4] Its opening coincided with the completion of 7 miles (11 km)[5] of rail northwest of the then named Grosvenor station and the opening of the Rockville, Shady Grove and White Flint stations.[4]

Station layout[edit]

P
Platform level
Westbound Red Line Red Line toward Shady Grove (Rockville)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Eastbound Red Line Red Line toward Glenmont (White Flint)
M Mezzanine One-way faregates, ticket machines, station agent
G Street Level Exit/ Entrance

The station is one of the few on the system to have a single escalator serving the platform, usually set to carry passengers up. Passengers wishing to descend to the entry area are provided with an elevator and stairs.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Twinbrook station WMATA Retrieved 2010-11-06
  2. ^ a b Twinkbrook Sector Plan Montgomery Planning Retrieved 2010-11-06
  3. ^ Site plan Twinbrook Station Retrieved 2010-11-06
  4. ^ a b Zibart, Eve (December 16, 1984), "A rainbow coalition flocks to Red Line; four stops open amid hoopla", The Washington Post: A1 
  5. ^ Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (July 2009). "Sequence of Metrorail openings". Retrieved July 30, 2010. 

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