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the BLUE Line of
WASHINGTON DCís
METRO SYSTEM

 


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Coverage of the DC Metro system is split up into individual pages for each line:
the Red Line
the Blue Line
the Orange Line
the Green Line

the Yellow Line
the Silver Line

This page covers the DC Metro's Blue Line.  On the south side, the line starts at Franconia/Springfield, runs along with the Yellow line from King St to the Pentagon station, then runs along the west side of the river to join up with the Orange line at Rosslyn.  The two lines snake their way through the downtown area, and then split 

Stations without an aerial picture do not have any discernable features from the air.


Maps


Pictures


Blue Line train crosses the D Route bridge east of Stadium-Armory station in Washington DC
Picture from Wikipedia, taken by Ben Schumin, 25OCT2005


Station by Station


Franconia - Springfield

GPS Coordinates: 38.766114,-77.168806
Station is on the surface.
Only station on the south end that is outside the DC Beltway.
Exit off the Franconia Expy just for the station.
Large parking garage here.
Norfolk Southern tracks run parallel to the Metro here.
Area OK for railfans.

 


Van Dorn Street

GPS Coordinates: 38.799283,-77.128723
Station is on the surface.
Norfolk Southern tracks run parallel to the Metro here, after the Metro crosses over the NS just north of here.
Area OK for railfans.

 


Yard and Maintenance Facility

GPS Coordinates: 38.803347,-77.086666
Tracks run adjacent to the Norfolk Southern.

 


King Street - VRE and Amtrak

GPS Coordinates: 38.806373,-77.061324
Station is underground.
Area kinda OK for railfans.
Amtrak and VRE Alexandria station here.
Station serves both the BLUE and YELLOW lines.

The Yellow and Blue lines split just south of King St.

 


Braddock Road

GPS Coordinates: 38.813998,-77.053728
Station is above ground/elevated.
Area OK for railfans.
Station serves both the BLUE and YELLOW lines.

 


Ronald Reagan / Washington National Airport

GPS Coordinates: 38.853077,-77.043879
Station is above ground/elevated.
Area OK for railfans.
Station serves both the BLUE and YELLOW lines.


Here we are at National Airport, courtesy Ben Shumin, 9FEB2005.

 


Crystal City - VRE

GPS Coordinates: 38.857973,-77.050853
Station is underground.
Area OK for railfans.
Station serves both the BLUE and YELLOW lines.

 

 


Pentagon City

GPS Coordinates: 38.862969,-77.059243
Station is underground.
Area OK for railfans.
Station serves both the BLUE and YELLOW lines.

 

 


the Pentagon

GPS Coordinates: 38.869464,-77.053825
Station is underground.
Area OK for railfans.
Station serves both the BLUE and YELLOW lines.
The Yellow and Blue lines split just north of here.

 


Arlington Cemetery

GPS Coordinates: 38.884523,-77.063228
Station is at ground level in an open cut.
Area OK for railfans.


Rosslyn

GPS Coordinates: 38.895482,-77.072064
Station is underground.
Area OK for railfans.
Hyatt Hotel, Courtyard Hotel near, and Metro Mall here.
McDonalds, Quizno's, and Starbucks nearby.
Station serves both the BLUE and ORANGE lines.
The Orange and Blue lines split south of here, then go under the river on the north side of the station to enter DC.

 


Foggy Bottom - George Washington University

GPS Coordinates: 38.900706,-77.050166
Station is underground.
Area OK for railfans.
Station serves both the BLUE and ORANGE lines.

 


Farragut West

GPS Coordinates: 38.901349,-77.039555
Station is underground.
Area OK for railfans.
Station serves both the BLUE and ORANGE lines.

 


McPherson Square

GPS Coordinates: 38.901462,-77.03227
Station is underground.
Area OK for railfans.
Station serves both the BLUE and ORANGE lines.

 


Metro Center

GPS Coordinates: 38.898348,-77.028043
Station is underground.
Area OK for railfans.
Station serves both the BLUE and ORANGE lines.

 


Federal Triangle

GPS Coordinates: 38.893839,-77.028043
Station is underground.
Area OK for railfans.
Station serves both the BLUE and ORANGE lines.


 


Smithsonian

GPS Coordinates: 38.887676,-77.028258
Station is underground.
Station serves both the BLUE and ORANGE lines.
Area OK for railfans.

 


L'enfant Plaza

GPS Coordinates: 38.885008,-77.01556
Station is underground.
Station serves both the BLUE and ORANGE lines.
Area OK for railfans.
Block away from the passenger and freight line going to Virginia.
The FAA, FCC, Federal Transit Administration, and NTSB HQ's are nearby.
McDonalds and Holiday Inn nearby.
The VRE L'Enfant station is a block away.

 


Federal Center SW

GPS Coordinates: 38.885008,-77.01556
Station is underground.
Station serves both the BLUE and ORANGE lines.
Area OK for railfans.
Block away from the passenger and freight line going to Virginia.

 


Capitol South

GPS Coordinates: 38.885713,-77.005942
Station is underground.
Area OK for railfans.
Station serves both the BLUE and ORANGE lines.

 


Eastern Market

GPS Coordinates: 38.884118,-76.994966
Station is underground.
Not a good area for railfans.
Station serves both the BLUE and ORANGE lines.
Line running under Pennsylvania Ave SE at this point.

 


Potomac Avenue

GPS Coordinates: 38.880844,-76.98545
Station is underground.
Not a good area for railfans.
Station serves both the BLUE and ORANGE lines.
Line running under Pennsylvania Ave SE at this point.

 


Stadium-Amory

GPS Coordinates: 38.885901,-76.977167
Station is underground.
Not a good area for railfans.
Station serves both the BLUE and ORANGE lines.
The BLUE and the ORANGE lines split going east after this station.

 


Benning Road

GPS Coordinates: 38.890379,-76.937752
Station is underground.
Not a good area for railfans.

 


Capitol Heights

GPS Coordinates: 38.88953,-76.913438
Station is underground.
Not a good area for railfans.

 


Addison Rd

GPS Coordinates: 38.886223,-76.896486
Station is at ground level in an open cut.
Not a good area for railfans.
Huge parking garage available.

 


Morgan Blvd

GPS Coordinates: 38.893655,-76.868312
Station is at ground level in an open cut.
Not a good area for railfans.
Good size parking lot available.

 


Largo Town Center

GPS Coordinates: 38.900485,-76.84443
Station is above ground/elevated.
Area so-so for railfans.
Huge parking garage available (and it fills up!)


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