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Here are the answers to whichWMATA week 14

On Monday, we posted our fourteenth photo challenge to see how well you know Metro. Four of our readers took photos of different stations. Here are the answers. How well did you do?

We got 35 guesses on this post. 10 of you knew all five. Great work Aaron, AndrewB, Justin...., yest2kwasi, Sand Box John, Russell, Phil, Peter K, nativedc, and PieSuperPac!

Image 1: Brookland. Photo by Sand Box John.

The first image was taken at Brookland. The clue here is that the platform is curved. Only two stations in the system have a curved platform, and the context here is clearly Brookland rather than Silver Spring. 23 of you knew this one.

Image 2: Huntington. Photo by Peter K.

The second image was taken at Huntington. This is at the south end of the platform, where one regular-sized and two narrow escalators ascend to the southern mezzanine. I believe these are the only narrow escalators in the system.

But the real clue is the funicular on the left. This elevator is unique in the system because it does not ascend vertically. It ascends diagonally, just like the escalators. Only 15 of you knew this one, so it was the hardest to answer this week.

Image 3: Stadium/Armory. Photo by Peter K.

This picture shows the northern entrance to Stadium/Armory. There were three clues visible in this image. The yellow banner at the top is very distinctive, and says "STADIUM THIS WAY," pointing passengers to the correct exit for RFK Stadium.

The entrance itself is a clue, being unique in the system. Instead of ascending to a floating mezzanine, the escalators lead directly from the platform to a mezzanine in a different room. The unique feature here is that the opening for the escalators goes very high above the platform.

The third clue, just visible to the right is the junction indicator above the outbound track. These are present at each of the stations where trains split between lines.

31 people got this one right, the highest total this week.

Image 4: Farragut North. Photo by DC Transit Nerd.

The fourth picture was taken at Farragut North. While many stations have floating mezzanines, the one at Farragut North (for the exit to the southwest corner of Connecticut and L) is unique because of the buttresses that link the mezzanine to the vault wall. The other mezzanines are supported only by columns down to the platform. 18 of you guessed correctly.

Image 5: Grosvenor. Photo by Ben Schumin.

The final image shows Grovesnor station. This station is in an open cut, like White Flint, though the context here (no tall buildings visible to the north) demonstrates that it can't be White Flint.

We got a few other guesses for stations in cuttings, but they all have different roof types, which is a key to guessing the correct station. There are only 4 above-ground canopy types in the system (though that will increase to 6 when the Silver Line opens) plus a few unique designs.

26 of you guessed correctly here.

Thanks to Ben Schumin, DC Transit Nerd, Peter K, and Sand Box John for submitting photos! Thanks to all of you for playing.

Next Monday, we'll have 5 more photos for you to identify.

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. Heís 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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A spokesman for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority said that an incline elevator had been at its Metro rail station in Huntington, Va., since 1983, but that the agency was now unsure why it had been installed.

by GoodMemory on Jul 16, 2014 3:11 pm • linkreport

True story, I was pretty sure that was Farragut North because of the water stain. I knew it was one of my daily stations. Buttresses? No clue.

by RDHD on Jul 16, 2014 3:21 pm • linkreport

I'm always trying to remember which waffle-style Metro stations have coffers all the way down to the bottom of the arch rather than a smooth bit at the bottom, but looks like I guessed the wrong one for this week's contest. (That's one way you can tell the lower level of Metro Center apart from the lower level of Gallery Place -- the latter has coffers all the way down.)

by iaom on Jul 16, 2014 3:51 pm • linkreport

Never knew Huntington was so unique. I'll have to go reverse on my commute one day and check it out.

by JDC on Jul 16, 2014 4:14 pm • linkreport

That Huntington Funicular elevator is the slowest form of transport perhaps ever:

by MLD on Jul 16, 2014 4:51 pm • linkreport

the agency was now unsure why it had been installed.
Not sure if this is funny or sad.

by dcmike on Jul 16, 2014 10:00 pm • linkreport

I guessed 4 out of 5 right, but didn't submit my answers. I would never have gotten Farragut North.

by King Terrapin on Jul 16, 2014 10:12 pm • linkreport

A couple of factoids:

The curve in the Brookland platform is sharper then the curve in the Silver Spring platform.

The incline elevator at the Huntington station was not the first station to have incline elevator. The Farragut North station had an incline elevator in the Connecticut Avenue and K entrance (escalator position against east wall) before the easement was procured for the existing elevator.

by Sand Box John on Jul 16, 2014 11:54 pm • linkreport

@MLD - Thanks for making my day with the video! One can never look at an elevator the same way again after you've ridden an elevator with DieselDucy. I can only guess why the funicular is so slow, but something makes me think WMATA made sure it was that slow for some half-brained-legal-CYA reason. The comment about the middle escalator being 'broken' was priceless.

by Robert Smith on Jul 17, 2014 7:40 am • linkreport

Holy crap that thing's slow. It looks like you could ride up and down the escalators in the time it takes that funicular to make it one way.

by RDHD on Jul 17, 2014 8:15 am • linkreport

@Sand Box John - know of any photos showing that old incline elevator?

by JDC on Jul 17, 2014 8:29 am • linkreport

My vague understanding from looking at 1970s Washington Post articles is that the split-level design of the Huntington station was already agreed on before it became clear that Metro would be required by law to accommodate wheelchair users. The original plans didn't have elevators in the stations at all, and they had to shoehorn them in once the accommodation requirement became clear, and the incline was the only way they could find to do that for Huntington. At least that's the impression I get from old news articles.

by iaom on Jul 17, 2014 10:25 am • linkreport

See for example the article "Metro Bows to Demands of Handicapped" on page C5 of the October 13, 1978, issue of the Post, which includes the sentence "Metro also will develop a way to carry a wheelchair from one level to another at the Huntington station."

by iaom on Jul 17, 2014 10:28 am • linkreport

The only likely place that know of would be the WMATA photo library.

Cody was pretty good at photo documenting stuff like that.

The incline elevator was intended to be temporary. It was not a very sophisticated machine. The hoist rope was wound on a spool, it was open and had doors that had to be opened by hand.

by Sand Box John on Jul 17, 2014 10:34 am • linkreport

WMATA doesn't have a funicular. WMATA has an inclined elevator. Not the same thing.

by TimK65 on Jul 17, 2014 10:53 am • linkreport

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