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How well do you know Metro? Can you guess the station?

One of WMATA's design principles from the start was to have a uniform station design. That can sometimes make it hard to figure out which stop you're at. But there are subtle differences. Can you spot them?


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A few weeks ago, I started posting one photo a day under the tag #whichWMATA on my Instagram account. We've decided to bring it to Greater Greater Washington. But instead of posting every day, we'll post once a week.

Can you guess where these photos were taken?


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Image 5

We'll hide the comments so that the early birds don't spoil the fun for the rest of you.

Update: Some people interpreted the instructions to say that all of the photos are from one station. They are not. You can guess the station for each of the five photos independently.

Update 2: The guessing is over and the answers are here. Check back next week for more photos to guess!

Matt Johnson has lived in the Washington area since 2007. He has a Master's in Planning from the University of Maryland and a BS in Public Policy from Georgia Tech. He lives in Greenbelt. Hes a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. He is a contract employee of the Montgomery County Planning Department. His views are his own and do not represent the opinion of his employer. 

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Arlington Cemetery

by Chris on Apr 14, 2014 11:56 am • linkreport

Image 1 - Suitland
Image 3 - guessing a station in VA
Image 4 - Wheaton
Image 5 -- looks to be Gallery Place

by John Muller on Apr 14, 2014 11:58 am • linkreport

#1 is pg plaza i believe

by corey on Apr 14, 2014 12:05 pm • linkreport

#1 is Arlington Cemetery, and #3 is NOMA... don't know the rest.

by hannah on Apr 14, 2014 12:08 pm • linkreport

Here it goes -

1. Believe that's Grosvenor-Strathmore

2. Really don't know, going to guess King Street

3. This looks like either Greenbelt or New Carrollton. Let's go with Greenbelt.

4. Woodley Park

5. Gallery Place

by Skierbum on Apr 14, 2014 12:08 pm • linkreport

1) Ft. Totten
2) No idea
3) NoMa
4) no idea
5) Gallery Pl

by Rob on Apr 14, 2014 12:14 pm • linkreport

1: PG Plaza
2: One of the Falls Churches?, something on the western end of the Orange Line?
3: Ft Totten
4: Dupont
5: China Town?

by Jasper on Apr 14, 2014 12:16 pm • linkreport

Has anyone here actually been to every station? I haven't. But here's my best guesses:

1. PG Plaza
2. Branch Ave.
3. Friendship Hts.
4. Wheaton
5. Farragut West

by dcmike on Apr 14, 2014 12:21 pm • linkreport

1. Prince George's Plaza

2. West Hyattsville

3. Don't know

4. Dupont Circle

5. Metro Center

by Paul on Apr 14, 2014 12:33 pm • linkreport

Tough ones...looks like

1. Arlington Cemetery
2. National Airport
3. Maybe NoMa?
4. Woodley Park
5. Gallery Place

by Jacques Arsenault on Apr 14, 2014 12:34 pm • linkreport

You should make a note that the 5 photos are from different metro stations.

Photo one looks like PG Plaza
Photo three I am guessing the southern green line, (could also be suburban orange line. Nothing with rush plus)
Photo five looks like Chinatown or Judicerary square with the new high powered lighting

by Richard on Apr 14, 2014 12:46 pm • linkreport

1. PG Plaza
4. Woodley Park
5. Gallery Place

by James on Apr 14, 2014 12:56 pm • linkreport

#1 -- White Flint
#2 -- East Falls Church
#3 -- Woodley Park
#4 -- Gallery Place

by coneyaven on Apr 14, 2014 1:13 pm • linkreport

Whoops -- I missed one...
#1 -- White Flint
#2 -- White Flint
#3 -- East Falls Church
#4 -- Woodley Park
#5 -- Gallery Place

by coneyraven on Apr 14, 2014 1:15 pm • linkreport

1) Arlington Cemetary
2) Takoma Park
3) ?
4) Tenleytown
5) Smithsonian

by I Rex on Apr 14, 2014 1:30 pm • linkreport

Image 1: Prince George's Plaza (the easiest one, by far)

Image 2: Not sure, I'm thinking a station on the southern end of the Green Line

Image 3: Again not sure, probably one of the I-66 median Orange Line stations

Image 4: Wheaton, clearly

Image 5: Dupont Circle

by King Terrapin on Apr 14, 2014 1:31 pm • linkreport

1. Fort Totten
2. PG Plaza
3. ?
4. Wheaton
G. Gallery Pl/Chinatown

by Petworth dude on Apr 14, 2014 1:38 pm • linkreport

I bet I get most (all) of these wrong:

Brookland/CUA or maybe Arlington Cemetary?
L'Enfant?
NOMA
Dupont or Wheaon?
Gallery Place

by RDHD on Apr 14, 2014 1:49 pm • linkreport

image1: Prince Georgia's Plaza
image2: Not known
image3: New York Avenue
image4: Wheaton
Image5: Gallery Place

by Sand Box John on Apr 14, 2014 1:54 pm • linkreport

Prince George's Plaza. The stonework there is very unique.

by A.P. on Apr 14, 2014 1:56 pm • linkreport

Oops - there was more than one.

Guessing West Falls Church on 2
Modern station design of #3 makes me think NoMa.
4 is Wheaton
5 appears to be Farragut West.

by A.P. on Apr 14, 2014 1:59 pm • linkreport

I'm fairly new to the area, so I don't have an exhaustive knowledge of Metro stops, but I'm guessing that #1 is Arlington Cemetery and #3 is Rosslyn.

by Ross on Apr 14, 2014 2:02 pm • linkreport

1: Ft. Totten
2: National Airport
3: GWU
4: Definitely red line. Woodley Park?
5: Gallery Place

by Tom Veil on Apr 14, 2014 2:05 pm • linkreport

First one is Prince George's Plaza?

by DaveG on Apr 14, 2014 2:09 pm • linkreport

PG Plaza, without a doubt!

by Bossi on Apr 14, 2014 2:35 pm • linkreport

These are tough!

1. Fort Totten
2. Morgan Blvd
3. NoMa
4. Woodley Park
5. Metro Center

by Tony Goodman on Apr 14, 2014 2:55 pm • linkreport

Image 1 PG Plaza or Arlington Cemetery
Image 2 West Hyattsville, Cleverly, Vienna or Dunn Loring
Image 3 Noma
Image 4 Bethesda, Medical Center, Wheaton, Van Ness, Dupont Circle or Woodley Park
Image 5 Gallery Place, Dupont Circle, or Judicary Sq

by kk on Apr 14, 2014 3:38 pm • linkreport

I was going to say Prince George's Plaza, but image 5 is tripping me up -- that doesn't look possible.

by Greenbelt on Apr 14, 2014 3:57 pm • linkreport

Oh, I get it, they're not all the same station, right?

1 is PG
3 is probably Dupont north exit
5 is L'Enfant? Or Gallery Place?
2 is College Park. Or West Hyattsville -- seems like Green Line look?
3 is no clue...

by Greenbelt on Apr 14, 2014 4:01 pm • linkreport

(1) PG Plaza, (2) Dunn Loring, (3) Crystal City, (4) Tenleytown, and (5) Gallery Place

by Nathan on Apr 14, 2014 4:29 pm • linkreport

1) Prince George's Plaza
2) Greenbelt
3) NoMa
4) Wheaton
5) Farragut West

by Phil on Apr 14, 2014 5:20 pm • linkreport

1 - Arlington Cemetery
2 - Can't place... West Hyattsville?
3 - NOMA?
4 - Wheaton (or Dupont?)
5 - Metro Center (possibly Chinatown)

by BTA on Apr 14, 2014 5:21 pm • linkreport

1 is PG Plaza, 3 is NoMa, 4 is Wheaton, 5 is Dupont. Not sure about 2 though...might be Dunn Loring or Vienna.

by Ray on Apr 14, 2014 7:05 pm • linkreport

Image 1: PG Plaza
Image 2: Nat'l Airport?
Image 3: NoMa-New York Ave
Image 4: Wheaton
Image 5: Dupont Circle

by Tyler on Apr 14, 2014 10:48 pm • linkreport

PG Plaza
Anacostia
Ballston
Wheaton
Gallery Place

by Justin..... on Apr 14, 2014 11:35 pm • linkreport

1) Prince George's Plaza
2) Silver Spring
3) Union Station
4) Rosslyn
5) Metro Center

by Bryan on Apr 15, 2014 9:42 am • linkreport

1. PG plaza or West Hyattsville
2. ?
3. ?
4. Dupont
5. Gallery Place

by Ash on Apr 15, 2014 12:20 pm • linkreport

1- Arlington Cemetery
2-West Falls Church
3-Rhode Island Ave.
4-Woodley Park
5-Farragut West

I wouldn't be surprised to get zero correct.

by TM on Apr 15, 2014 1:04 pm • linkreport

My guesses:

1 = Arlington Cemetery
2 = Huntington
3 = NY Ave
4 = Wheaton
5 = Gallery Place

by Brian on Apr 15, 2014 1:54 pm • linkreport

The first photo (from teaser/img 1) is of Prince George's Plaza.

Img 2-Huntington I think

Img 3-Pentagon City I think

Img 4-Wheaton

Img 5- Like every station, but if I had to guess, Gallery PLace/Chinatown looking down from the far end of the platform.

by Terp Alum on Apr 15, 2014 3:17 pm • linkreport

#1 is Arlington Cemetery.

#2 - no idea

# - I'll guess Archives.

#4 is Dupont Circle, with all 3 escalators working (??!!)

#5 is Metro Center.

by Weiwen on Apr 15, 2014 4:06 pm • linkreport

# 1 - easy, Prince George's Plaza

#4 - Wheaton

#5 - Judiciary Square (? - tough one, many stations with platforms on the side. Probably a handful on Orange, only one on Red; I go with Judiciary because this shows a floating mezzanine on both ends; that's probably unique to Judiciary.)

by massysett on Apr 15, 2014 4:08 pm • linkreport

All Red Line: 1 Grovesnor, 2 Glenmont 3 Bethesda 4 Wheaton, 5 Gallery Place

by caryoreilly on Apr 15, 2014 7:11 pm • linkreport

1. PG Plaza
2. Anacostia
3. NY
4. Woodley?
5. Gallery

by lioki on Apr 15, 2014 11:30 pm • linkreport

Tough game! Here goes:

Image 1 - Prince George's Plaza
Image 2 - Franconia/Springfield
Image 3 - NoMa
Image 4 - Woodley Park/Zoo
Image 5 - Gallery Place/Chinatown

by Sam on Apr 16, 2014 10:10 am • linkreport

Matt, when are you going to reveal the comments, along with posting the correct answers?

by DaveG on Apr 16, 2014 11:48 am • linkreport

#1 is definitely PG Plaza.

#2 ... not sure, maybe New Carrollton?

#3 ... I have no idea.

#4 ... either Dupont Circle or Wheaton.

#5 ... Gallery Place, I think.

When are you going to give us the results?

by Greenbelt Gal on Apr 16, 2014 11:58 am • linkreport

1. Prince George Plaza
2. East Fall Church (or maybe West Fall Church)
3. n/a
4. Dupont Circle
5. Gallery Place

by Dave on Apr 16, 2014 2:16 pm • linkreport

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