Wheaton station

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WMATA Metro Logo.svg WMATA Red.svg rapid transit station
Wheaton Station platform - train - Sept 2015.jpg
Station platform and a train
Location11171 Georgia Avenue
Wheaton, MD 20902
Coordinates39°02′19″N 77°03′03″W / 39.0386°N 77.0508°W / 39.0386; -77.0508Coordinates: 39°02′19″N 77°03′03″W / 39.0386°N 77.0508°W / 39.0386; -77.0508
Owned byWMATA
Platformstwin tube inter-connected side platforms
ConnectionsBus transport Ride On: 7, 8, 9, 31, 34, 37, 38, 48
Bus transport Metrobus: C2, C4, Q1, Q2, Q4, Q5, Q6, Y2, Y7, Y8
Structure typeUnderground
Depth164 feet (50 m)
Parking977 spaces
Bicycle facilities36 racks, 20 lockers
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station codeB10
OpenedSeptember 22, 1990; 29 years ago (September 22, 1990)
Passengers (2017)3,499 daily [1]Decrease 7.29%
Preceding station WMATA Metro Logo.svg Washington Metro Following station
Forest Glen Red Line Glenmont

Wheaton is a Washington Metro station in Montgomery County, Maryland on the Red Line. The station serves the suburb of Wheaton, and is located at the intersection of Georgia Avenue (Maryland Route 97) and Reedie Drive. The station contains 230-foot-long (70 m) escalators, which are the longest set of single-span escalators in the Western Hemisphere.

Service at Wheaton began on September 22, 1990. It was the northeastern end of the Red Line for nearly eight years, until the Glenmont station opened in July 1998.

Notable places nearby[edit]

Station layout[edit]

The station's escalators are 230 feet (70 m) long, the longest escalators in the Western Hemisphere.

The Wheaton station features the longest set of single-span escalators in the Western Hemisphere, each featuring a length of 230 feet (70 m),[2] with a vertical rise of 115 feet (35 m).[3] It is the second deepest station in the system, behind Forest Glen, which has an elevator-only exit due to its depth. Wheaton's escalators travel at a speed of 90 feet (27 m) per minute (±5%) and are set at an inclination of 30 degrees.[4] The trip takes approximately 2 minutes and 45 seconds, though some commuters shorten the time by walking.

Another architectural feature of this station is separate tunnels and platforms for each direction, instead of the large, vaulted common room seen at most other underground stations in the Metro system. This design, which is similar to many of the London Underground's tube stations, was used to save money due to the station's depth. Forest Glen is the only other Washington Metro station to have this design.

G Street Level Exit/ Entrance
M Mezzanine One-way faregates, ticket machines, station agent
Platform level
Westbound WMATA Red.svg toward Grosvenor or Shady Grove (Forest Glen)
Side platform, doors will open on the left
Side platform, doors will open on the left
Eastbound WMATA Red.svg toward Glenmont (Terminus)


  1. ^ "Metrorail Average Weekday Passenger Boardings" (PDF). WMATA. Retrieved July 31, 2018.
  2. ^ Metro Facts. Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. Accessed September 14, 2010.
  3. ^ "Standing on the Left? You Must Be on Vacation", The Washington Post, May 17, 2004
  4. ^ Elevator/Escalator Department, WMATA. Reply to a customer inquiry, Case 580424. Answer forwarded by Helen B. Gregory, Customer Service, WMATA, 9/14, 2010

External links[edit]

Media related to Wheaton (WMATA station) at Wikimedia Commons