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How did you do in week 3 of whichWMATA?

On Monday, we posted our third photo challenge to see how well you know Metro. I took photos of 5 stations and we asked you to try to identify them. Here are the answers. How well did you do?

We got 62 guesses on this post. Overall, you did very well. 15 of you got all 5 correct. Congratulations!

Image 1: L'Enfant Plaza.

The first image is of L'Enfant Plaza. It's one of three stations with a crossvault, but the one at Gallery Place is blocked by a mezzanine, so this could only be Metro Center or L'Enfant Plaza. Just over half of you got this one.

Image 2: Cheverly.

The second image is of Cheverly. This station, opened in the early stages of the system, has a roof design similar to the other early outdoor stations. But Cheverly's is a modified variety suited to the station's side platforms. Eisenhower Avenue also shares this design.

Around half of you guessed this one correctly. Several of you did guess Eisenhower Avenue, the twin station. But if you look closely, you can see the pedestrian bridge across the tracks, which is unique to Cheverly.

Image 3: King Street.

This one proved to super easy. Almost everyone correctly guessed King Street. The Masonic Memorial was a clear giveaway. We got several guesses that this was Brookland. I assume people mistook the Masonic Memorial for the Basilica of the National Shrine.

Image 4: National Airport.

The fourth one also proved to be fairly easy. This is a picture of the northern end of the canopy at National Airport. The southern end of the station has a more traditional gull wing canopy, but the northern part of the station had a new canopy installed in the early 2000s. This canopy is unique in the system.

The "continue ahead" signs are also unique, a product of the escalators being at each end of the platform. 75% of you got this one.

Image 5: Friendship Heights.

The final image is of Friendship Heights. This subterranean cavern is unique within the system and is a great variation on the vaults typical throughout the system. Located at the northern end of the station (at Wisconsin and Western), the room serves to connect the escalators leading to the mezzanine with 4 different entrances to each of the corners.

The District/Maryland line passes through the center of the room. 75% of you got this right.

Next Monday, we'll have 5 more photos for you to identify. If you want a sneak peek, you can follow me on Instagram. Thanks for playing!

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 Department of Transportation. His views are his own and do not represent those of his employer. 


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4 out of 5 again. National Airport really stumped me. King St and Friendship Heights were instantly recognizable though.

As did most others, I also narrowed the first two stations down to L'Enfant or Gallery Place, and Cheverly or Esnhwr. Ave respectively easily. Picking up on the subtle differences between the two choices in each pair was a little more challenging though.

by King Terrapin on Apr 30, 2014 3:13 pm • linkreport

I got 1 for 5, opting for Metrocenter, Eisenhower, and Brookland hah. Had no idea that was National. I'm usually frantically running to my terminal when I'm there so I guess I haven't noticed.

by BTA on Apr 30, 2014 4:10 pm • linkreport

The ped bridge is what got me to Cheverly. Cleverly almost hidden too the way you captured that picture!

Cheverly has to be one of the worst stations in the system. It is choked off by the Route 50 freeway and railroad tracks.

by Transport. on Apr 30, 2014 4:46 pm • linkreport

5 out of 5. L'Enfant vs Metro Center was decided by the vault (the former is higher and slightly more circular/pushed in while the latter is more pushed down).

by Phil on Apr 30, 2014 5:28 pm • linkreport


The most obvious difference between Metro Center is the tapered coffers.

The coffers along with the reveals in Metro Center extend to the outside corners of the intersection of the vaults, in L'Enfant Plaza they don't

Metro Center

L'Enfant Plaza

The reason why coffers and reveals in L'Enfant Plaza don't extend to the outside corners of the intersection of the vaults is because if they did they wouldn't line up. The reason they wouldn't line up is because the upper level has a larger radius curve in the crown of vault then does the crown in the lower level vault.

by Sand Box John on Apr 30, 2014 11:07 pm • linkreport

Are you sure the MD/DC border passes through that room in the Friendship Heights station? Western Ave falls entirely in DC. Isn't that room directly under Western Ave?

by Charles Koppelman-Milstein on May 1, 2014 1:07 am • linkreport

Whooo 5/5 2 weeks in a row! BRING ON NEXT WEEK :-)

by Justin.... on May 1, 2014 9:38 am • linkreport

@Charles Koppelman-Milstein

You are correct. The center of the entrance rotunda is roughly under the center of the intersection of Western and Wisconsin Avenues. That being said I would hazard a guess small portion of that space is within Maryland.

I will note that when the station opened in August of 1984 the two surface entrance on the south side of Western Avenue did not exist. They were added later the first being the one on the southwest corner then the one into the Chevy Chase Pavilion. Provision were built to accommodate those entrances.

by Sand Box John on May 1, 2014 9:44 am • linkreport

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