Greenbelt (WMATA station)
MARC commuter rail station
Washington Metro rapid transit station
|Address||5717 Greenbelt Metro Drive
Greenbelt, MD 20740
|Platforms||1 island platform (Washington Metro)
2 side platforms (MARC)
|Tracks||2 (Washington Metro)
|Bicycle facilities||60 racks, 52 lockers|
|Opened||December 11, 1993|
|Owned by||Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority|
The station is located in Greenbelt (near Berwyn Heights, Beltsville, and the northern part of College Park), off of Cherrywood Lane near the Capital Beltway. With a parking lot of over 3,300 spaces, and with quick access to the outerloop of the Beltway (Interstate 95 North ONLY) and from the inner loop of the Beltway (Interstate 95 South). Northbound commuters on 95 North en route to the Greenbelt station and commuters departing the station wanting to go southbound on 95 South should proceed North to US Route 1, exit I-95, and re-enter I-95 South. It is a commuter station for both locals and people coming from elsewhere—such as the inner loop of the Beltway or from Baltimore. An express Metrobus service, the B30 route, is also available to Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI), allowing a connection to Baltimore transit services. Greenbelt Metro is also the most accessible station to NASA workers and visitors via the bus routes 15 and 15X, as well as metrobus routes G12, 13, 14, and 16.
MARC commuter rail trains, on the Camden line, stop at Greenbelt on a set of tracks that are parallel to the Metro tracks. The station has two high-level platforms that are handicap-accessible, but no buildings, restrooms, telephones, ticket kiosks, or heaters, and is unstaffed.
On the way to Greenbelt station, trains pass Lake Artemesia, which was created as part of the construction of the College Park-U of Md and Greenbelt stations. Sand and gravel excavated from what is now Lake Artemesia were used to construct the track bed and parking facilities at these stations.
Use during Obama inauguration
The Greenbelt station played an important role during the Inauguration of Barack Obama on January 20, 2009. Prior to this date, a decision was made by WMATA officials not to allow private automobiles to park at this station in order to allow more than 1100 charter buses to use the parking. However, only 35 such requests were made by private bus companies, and WMATA then reversed its decision, opening up 3,400 spaces to private vehicles.
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- WMATA: Greenbelt Station
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- The Schumin Web Transit Center: Greenbelt Station
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