Wheaton station (Washington Metro)

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Wheaton station 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.

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Wheaton Station platform - train - Sept 2015.jpg
Station platform and a train
General information
Location11001 Veirs Mill Road, Wheaton, MD
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: 4, 7, 8, 9, 31, 34, 37, 38, 48
Bus transport Metrobus: C2, C4, Q1, Q2, Q4, Q5, Q6, Y2, Y7, Y8
Structure typeUnderground
Depth145 feet (44 m)[1]
Parking977 spaces
Bicycle facilities36 racks, 20 lockers
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station codeB10
OpenedSeptember 22, 1990; 32 years ago (September 22, 1990)
20173,499 daily[2]Decrease 7.29%
Preceding station WMATA Metro Logo.svg Washington Metro Following station
Forest Glen Red Line Glenmont

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

Notable place nearbyEdit

Station layoutEdit

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

Wheaton station features the longest set of single-span escalators in the Western Hemisphere, each featuring a length of 230 feet (70 m),[3] with a vertical rise of 115 feet (35 m).[4] Wheaton's escalators travel at a speed of 90 feet (27 m) per minute (±5%) and are set at an inclination of 30 degrees.[5] The trip takes approximately 2 minutes and 45 seconds. There are two elevators leading into the station's parking garage at the Reedie Drive entrance, while the entrance at the bus bay is at ground level. Inside the station, there is one elevator leading from the mezzanine to the Shady Grove bound side of the platform.

This station, along with Forest Glen station farther south, has 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. This design is also common at mostly all underground stations on the NFTA Metro in Buffalo, NY.

G Street level Exit/entrance, buses, parking; fare control, ticket machines, station agent
Platform level
Westbound   toward Grosvenor–Strathmore or Shady Grove (Forest Glen)
Side platform
Side platform
Eastbound   toward Glenmont (Terminus)


  1. ^ Fehr, Stephen C. (September 16, 1990). "Wheaton, Forest Glen To Climb Aboard Metro: New Stations to Extend Red Line 3.2 Miles". The Washington Post. p. D1. ProQuest 307320514. Article preview
  2. ^ "Metrorail Average Weekday Passenger Boardings" (PDF). WMATA. Retrieved July 31, 2018.
  3. ^ Metro Facts. Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. Accessed September 14, 2010.
  4. ^ "Standing on the Left? You Must Be on Vacation", The Washington Post, May 17, 2004
  5. ^ Elevator/Escalator Department, WMATA. Reply to a customer inquiry, Case 580424. Answer forwarded by Helen B. Gregory, Customer Service, WMATA, 9/14, 2010

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