Explore the history of Washington DC's subway system

Washington Metroland

Mark N. Ozer

Why? Where? And When? This book tells the story of the Metro system as part of the story of the Washington region. When first conceived and built in the 1960s, Washington DC was the national capital of a great country at a time when it was at its most prosperous. There was a consistent design throughout the system in accordance with the monumentality of the national capital. Now fifty years after its original design and thirty-five years after the opening of its first stations, it is second in ridership only to the far larger New York transit system.

We follow the existing and projected Metro lines after describing their origins in the roadways and the rail systems that largely preceded them. After considering the central transfer stations as an entity, each station on a line is described. The lives of significant personages provide a focus for the history of each station as we also explore its recent development as an urban node.

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“Washington Metroland makes a great contribution to our understanding of the Washington Metro System. It nicely weaves together the earlier history of its sites with their contemporary form and function. Written in an engaging and accessible style, it is a valuable addition to Washingtoniana." –Jonathan L. Gifford, Director, Program in Transportation Policy, George Mason University School of Public Policy.

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1 Origins
  • Chapter 2 The Downtown Loop
    • Metro Center
    • Gallery Place-Chinatown
    • L?Enfant Plaza
    • Mount Vernon Place/Convention Center
  • Chapter 3 The Red Line
    • 3.1. The Western Leg
      • Farragut Square (North)
      • Dupont Circle
      • Woodley Park-Adams Morgan
      • Cleveland Park
      • Van Ness-UDC
      • Tenleytown-The American University
      • Friendship Heights
      • Bethesda
      • Medical Center
      • Grosvenor-Strathmore
      • White Flint
      • Twinbrook
      • Rockville
      • Shady Grove
    • 3.2 The Red Line Eastern Leg
      • Judiciary Square
      • Union Station
      • New York Avenue-Gallaudet University and Amos Kendall
      • Rhode Island Avenue-Brentwood
      • Brookland-Catholic University of America
      • Fort Totten
      • Takoma Park
      • Silver Spring
      • Wheaton
      • Forest Glen
      • Glenmont
  • Chapter 4 The Orange Line
    • 4.1 The Orange Line Eastern Leg
      • Federal Triangle
      • The Smithsonian Institution Station
      • Federal Center SW and Walt Whitman
      • Capitol South and Frederick Law Olmsted
      • Eastern Market
      • Potomac Avenue and the Congressional Cemetery
      • Stadium-Armory
      • Minnesota Avenue
      • Deanwood
      • Cheverly
      • Landover
      • New Carrollton
    • 4.2 The Orange Line West Leg
      • McPherson Square
      • Farragut West
      • Foggy Bottom-GWU
      • Rosslyn
      • Arlington Courthouse
      • Clarendon
      • Virginia Square-GMU
      • Ballston
      • East Falls Church
      • West Falls Church
      • Dunn Loring-Merrifield
      • Vienna-Fairfax-GMU
  • Chapter 5 The Blue Line
    • 5.1 The Blue Line Southern Leg
      • Arlington National Cemetery
      • Pentagon
      • Pentagon City
      • Crystal City
      • Reagan National Airport
      • Braddock Road
      • King Street-Old Town
      • Van Dorn Street
      • Franconia-Springfield
    • 5.2 The Blue Line Eastern Leg
      • Benning Road
      • Capitol Heights
      • Addison Road- Seat Pleasant
      • Morgan Boulevard and Garrett Morgan
      • Largo Town Center
  • Chapter 6 The Green Line
    • 6.1 The Green Line North Leg
      • Archives-Penn Quarter
      • Shaw-Howard University
      • U Street-U.S. African-American Civil War Memorial
      • Columbia Heights
      • Georgia Avenue- Petworth
      • West Hyattsville
      • Prince George's Plaza
      • College Park-UMD
      • Greenbelt
    • 6.2. The Green Line South Leg
      • Waterfront
      • Navy Yard
      • Anacostia
      • Congress Heights and St Elizabeths Hospital
      • Southern Avenue
      • Naylor Road
      • Suitland
      • Branch Avenue
  • Chapter 7 The Yellow Line
    • Eisenhower Avenue
    • Huntington
  • Chapter 8 The Silver Line
    • 8.1 The Silver Line Phase One
      • Tysons East-McLean
      • Tyson Central 123
      • Tyson Central 7
      • Tyson West
      • Wiehle Road-Reston
    • 8.2 Silver Line Phase Two
      • Reston Town Center
      • Herndon and William Lewis Herndon
      • Dulles Airport and Eero Saarinen
  • Table of Figures
  • Works Consulted
  • Index
  • About The Author
Washington DC Metroland
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