Greenbelt station

Coordinates: 39°00′40″N 76°54′40″W / 39.011068°N 76.911011°W / 39.011068; -76.911011

Greenbelt is a Washington Metro and MARC station in Prince George's County, Maryland on the Green and Yellow lines, being the northeastern terminus of both.

Greenbelt
MARC commuter rail station
WMATA Metro Logo.svg WMATA Green.svg WMATA Yellow.svg rapid transit station
Greenbelt station.jpg
Location5717 Greenbelt Metro Drive
Greenbelt, Maryland 20740
Owned byWashington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
Platforms1 island platform (Washington Metro)
2 side platforms (MARC)
Tracks2 (Washington Metro)
4 (MARC/CSX)
ConnectionsBus transport Metrobus: B30, 87, 89, 89M, C2, G12, G14, R12
Bus transport RTA: 302/G
Bus transport TheBus: 11, 15 ,16
Bus transport Shuttle-UM: 129
Bus transport BoltBus
Construction
Structure typeat-grade
Parking3,399 spaces
Bicycle facilities60 racks, 52 lockers
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station codeE10
History
OpenedDecember 1993; 26 years ago (1993-12)[1]
Traffic
Passengers (2016)5,802 daily [2]Decrease 8.12%
Services
Preceding station MARC Following station
College Park Camden Line Muirkirk
towards Camden
Preceding station WMATA Metro Logo.svg Washington Metro Following station
College Park–University of Maryland Green Line Terminus
College Park–University of Maryland
toward Huntington
Yellow Line

The station is located in the city of Greenbelt, at its northwestern border (near Berwyn Heights, Beltsville, and the northern part of College Park), off of Cherrywood Lane, near the Capital Beltway. It has a parking lot that contains more than 3,300 spaces,[3] with convenient access both to the outer loop of the Beltway (Interstate 95 North) and from the inner loop of the Beltway (Interstate 95 South). It serves as a commuter station for both local residents and commuters who arrive from elsewhere — such as those who travel on the inner loop of the Beltway or south on I-95 from Baltimore. Also available at the station is a weekday express Metrobus service, the B30 route to Baltimore–Washington International Airport (BWI), allowing for connections to Baltimore's regional transit services. The Greenbelt Metro is the most accessible station for employees and visitors of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, who can connect to TheBus's route 15X[4][5].

In-between Metro's Greenbelt and College Park stations, trains pass Lake Artemesia, which was created as part of the construction of the two stations. Sand and gravel excavated from what is now Lake Artemesia were used to construct the track bed and parking facilities at these stations.[citation needed]

HistoryEdit

 
Greenbelt station mezzanine

Metro service at Greenbelt began on December 11, 1993, coinciding with the opening of three other stations in northern Prince George's County, Maryland — the completion of 7.96 miles of Green Line rail north of the Fort Totten station in Washington, D.C.. In 1979, before opening, the name was changed from "Greenbelt Road" to just "Greenbelt".[6]

On June 25, 2017, Metro's Yellow Line trains stopped serving the station due to the elimination of Rush+, which was part of major changes to the Metrorail system.[7]

In May 2018, Metro announced an extensive renovation of platforms at twenty stations across the system. The platforms at the Greenbelt station would be rebuilt starting in mid-2020.[8]

On May 20, 2019, Metro announced that Yellow Line trains will be re-extended from Mount Vernon Square and Fort Totten to Greenbelt at all service hours beginning May 25, 2019.[9]

Usage on the first inauguration day of Barack ObamaEdit

The Greenbelt station played a role during the January 20, 2009 presidential inauguration of Barack Obama. Prior to this date, a decision was made by Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) officials not to allow private cars 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.[10]

MARC train serviceEdit

 
MARC train platforms at Greenbelt station (facing south)

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, which are accessible to riders who have disabilities, but does not contain its own separate building, restrooms, telephones, ticket kiosks, or heaters, and is unstaffed. The Camden Line connects the District of Columbia's Washington Union Station with Baltimore's Camden Station.

Station layoutEdit

P
Platform level
Southbound   toward Branch Avenue (College Park)
  toward Huntington (College Park)
← alighting passengers only →
Island platform, doors will open on the left or right
Southbound   toward Branch Avenue (College Park)
  toward Huntington (College Park)
← alighting passengers only →
G Street level Exit/entrance and MARC platform access
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Southbound      Camden Line toward Washington Union Station (College Park)
Northbound      Camden Line toward Baltimore (Muirkirk)
Side platform, doors will open on the right

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Meyer, Eugene L. (December 10, 1993). "Lukewarm Thrill at End of Line". The Washington Post.
  2. ^ "Metrorail Average Weekday Passenger Boardings" (PDF). WMATA. Retrieved April 26, 2017.
  3. ^ "Parking: Greenbelt". WMATA. Retrieved March 27, 2018.
  4. ^ "Route 15X". Prince George's County Official Website. Retrieved January 25, 2019.
  5. ^ "Bus Service from Greenbelt" (PDF). WMATA. Retrieved January 25, 2019.
  6. ^ Eisen, Jack (August 7, 1979). "Zoological Park Subway Stop Name, 9 Others Changed by Metro Board". The Washington Post.
  7. ^ "June 25 Fare Service Changes Printable Brochure" (PDF). 2017.
  8. ^ "Metro wants to rebuild 20 station platforms over three years, creating SafeTrack-like disruptions". Washington Post. May 7, 2018. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  9. ^ "Metro to extend Yellow Line service to Greenbelt beginning May 25" (Press release). WMATA. May 20, 2019. Retrieved May 21, 2019.
  10. ^ "Metro opens up more automobile parking, scales back charter bus access for Inauguration" (Press release). WMATA. January 6, 2009. Retrieved March 27, 2018.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Greenbelt (WMATA station) at Wikimedia Commons