By Wayne Whitehorne
The Green Line traces
its serpentine route north-to south, starting
and ending in Prince Georges county and running
through the center of the district. not more
than a few miles apart. There are 21 stations on
this 18-mile route, and most of the cars are of
the 5000-series CAF variety, although all car
types except for the Rohrs can be found.
Our trip will begin at the
Island platform with peaked roof. This station
is just above grade and has 3,600 parking
spaces. The Greenbelt maintenance and inspection
facility, with its layup yard is located north
of the station. The station entrance is located
near the intersection of Greenbelt Road and
Cherrywood Drive. There
is also access from exit
24 of the inner loop of I-495. Station opening
date 11 December 1993.
Park-U of MD.
Island platform with peaked roof, situated on an
embankment. There are 1,960 parking spaces, many
of which are in a recently-constructed
multi-level garage. This station serves the
nearby University of Maryland. Location is at
the foot of Calvert Road at Bowdoin Avenue.
Station opening date 11 December 1993.
We now take a quick
turn to the right and enter the first of three
One of the most visually striking
of all Metro stations, this station sits in a
terraced open cut south of East-West Highway,
just west of Belcrest Road. There are two bay
platforms. A four-level parking garage (with
1,035 spaces) sits over the station's eastern
end, forming a cover over the entrance. There
are square vaults in the ceiling, echoing the
vaults commonly seen in underground stations.
The tracks go right back underground at each end
of the station.
Evergreen plantings enhance
the terraces and give the station walls an
attractive appearance. Station opening date 11
In and out of two short tunnel stretches, we
find ourselves at West Hyattsville. This
elevated station is located west of Ager Road
and north of Queens Chapel Road. It features two
bay platforms and a cantilevered roof. This
particular layout and station features are
unique to this station. There is a small parking
lot with 523 spaces. The tracks turn sharply to
the west and then dive right back underground.
Station opening date 11 December 1993.
See the complexes for
a complete description of this station.
is the next and first underground station.
Island platform, with a six-coffer ceiling
vault. There is no parking facility, although
there are bus lanes at street level. Location is
at the intersection of Georgia Avenue NW and New
Hampshire Avenue NW. Station opening date 18
Island platform with modified six-coffer vault.
Located at 14th Street NW at Irving Street NW.
The tracks take a sharp turn north of the
station onto Park Road NW and due to the narrow
gauge of the street, the tunnels are stacked on
top of one another. The station was originally
framed for a 22-coffer vault (note its full oval
shape) but the design was changed from poured
concrete to vault panels. There is no commuter
parking, but a number of buses serve the
station. Station opening date 11 August
Located beneath U Street NW between 13th and
11th Streets NW, this station has two entrances
- one at either end. The "AACWM" stands for
African-American Civil War Memorial. This
station has the 22-coffer vault and an island
platform. This was the Green Line terminus from
1991 until 1999. Station opening date 11 May
Same station design as preceding - island
platform and 22-coffer vault. Located at 7th
Street NW between R Street NW and S Street NW.
There are two entrances - one is a block west at
8th and R Streets NW, the other is at 7th and S
Street NW. The world-famous Florida Avenue diner
is just a short distance away. Howard University
campus spreads out to the north. Station opening
date 11 May 1991.
Mt. Vernon Square/7th
Island platform with six-coffer vault, this
station is located at 7th and M Streets NW.
Yellow line trains terminate here when they are
not running to Fort Totten. There is a pocket
track to the north. Water damage is evident due
to ground seepage; there has been recent
remediation of this problem. Station opening
date 11 May 1991.
See the complexes page
for a complete description of this
Located on the west side of 7th Street NW just
north of Pennsylvania Avenue, this station is
one of the tourists' favorites, and as such gets
a lot of traffic. Island platform with 22-coffer
vault, this station was completed prior to its
1983 opening. There are bas-reliefs with a
marine theme in the
entrance passage. Station
opening date 30 April 1983.
See the complexes
page for a complete description of this
This station features an island platform with
the classic 22-coffer vault, and is located at
4th and "M" Streets, SW. There is one set of
entrances and in addition to the escalator bank,
there is a flight of concrete steps. This is the
Southwest residential area's most frequently
used station. Station opening date 28 December
This station is located roughly at 1/2 (Half)
and "M" Streets SE and has two entrances - one
at Half and "M" streets SE, the other at New
Jersey Ave SE and "M" Street SE. The station
features the 22-coffer vault, the last station
on this branch to do so. Nearby the new
Washington Nationals baseball stadium to
opened in 2008. The nearby Navy Yard is also a
popular tourist attraction. Station opening date
28 December 1991.
After a hard right turn and a dive through the
twin pre-cast river tubes that traverse the
Anacostia River, we arrive at the Anacostia
station, located off Howard Road SE and Martin
Luther King Jr. Avenue SE. This station appears
to be underground but in reality it is in a
shallow cut, covered by the station hall and
parking complex. There are 1,133 parking spaces
and a number of bus routes serve the station.
Its look is unique - instead of a standard
vaulted ceiling, there are semicircular vaults
running perpendicular to the island platform,
they look like large concrete pipes cut in half
crosswise. The trackside walls are smooth -
similar to the outdoor stations on the Orange
line. Station opening date 28 December 1991.
Located at Alabama Avenue SE and 13th Street SE,
this underground station features the six-coffer
vault and an island platform. There are no
parking facilities, but buses do serve the
This is the last underground station on the
Greenbelt branch. South of the station, the
tracks turn sharply and rise to the surface.
Station opening date 13 January 2001.
This island-platform station sits just below
grade along the south side of Southern Avenue,
near 23rd Parkway, just outside the District
line. The station entranceway sits over the
platform at its west end, providing a full
canopy and shelter from weather. There are a
total of 2,180 parking spaces. Station opening
date 13 January 2001.
This elevated station features an island
platform with a flat-roofed canopy (it does
feature a narrow window panel down the centre).
It is located in the triangle formed by Naylor
Road, Suitland Parkway and Branch Avenue. There
are 414 parking spaces available.
Oriental-themed sculptures adorn the station
entrances and approaches. Station opening date
13 January 2001
Island platform with the station entrance
building placed over the south end, an
arrangement similar to that at Southern Avenue.
The station is located on the east side of
Suitland Parkway, just north of Silver Hill
Road. A total of 1,951 parking spaces are
available. Station opening date 13 February 2001.
Located just below grade off of Auth Road near
Old Soper Road, this is the southern terminus of
the Green Line. A large parking facility with
3,222 spaces is nearby. The station entrance
building sits over the platform, a typical
arrangement for stations of this time period.
South of the station, the tracks do a near
U-turn and the Branch Avenue maintenance
facility can be found. Station opening date 13