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Here are the answers to whichWMATA week 17

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

We got 15 guesses on this post. 3 people got all 5 correct. Congrats to Peter K, Mr. Johnson, and Ken Conaway. Great job!

Image 1: West Falls Church.

The first image shows a train standing on the center track at West Falls Church. Only 2 stations have three tracks like this. The other one, National Airport, has a mezzanine below the tracks, so it's not possible to get an image from this vantage point. 13 of you knew this one.

Image 2: Gallery Place.

This image is a picture of the stacked escalators at Gallery Place. This station is unique in this regard because of the mezzanine right under the cross-vault. The escalators from the lower (Green/Yellow) level and the escalators from the Verizon Center mezzanine meet on the middle (Red) level. 14 of you knew this one.

Image 3: Rosslyn.

The third image shows the new elevator-only entrance to Rosslyn station. It's unique in the system. An additional clue is the building reflected in the glass. 11 got this one right.

Image 4: Grosvenor.

The fourth image was a little harder. It shows the canopy at Grosvenor station. This station is very similar to the peaked roof style of stations that is very common in above-ground stations built from the 1980s onward. But the canopy at Grosvenor has a much larger "peak". So while it's similar to many other stations, it's also very distinctive. 5 guessed this one correctly.

Image 5: Friendship Heights.

The final image is a picture of the elevator at the northern entrance to Friendship Heights. The elevator is built into the facade of the Chevy Chase Pavillion on the east side of Wisconsin Avenue. The Metro "M" is set into an awning similar to all the other storefronts along the building face. 6 got this one.

Congratulations to the winners!

Next Monday, we'll have 5 more photos for you to identify. 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. 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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Tough week. Except for Gallery Place and Rosslyn, I had no idea not having been to those stations before. I should have been able to figure out W. Falls Church, though, because of the center track.

by JDC on Aug 6, 2014 2:38 pm • linkreport


Great series. In the original thread each week, I'd like to see you reveal the comments once you've revealed the answers. That would shed light on how we all arrive at our conclusions.

by Dave G on Aug 6, 2014 2:51 pm • linkreport

They are revealed. We do that every week.

by Matt Johnson on Aug 6, 2014 2:56 pm • linkreport


I think there's a caching issue where they are not revealed right away. I have run into the same problem before of being unable to see the guesses post comments after the answers are up.

by Jefferson on Aug 6, 2014 6:38 pm • linkreport

Surprised so few got the Friendship Hts one. That usage of the M logo is very distinctive. I suppose JDC is right; you probably won't know it if you've never been there. I don't think I would have got the Rosslyn picture because I haven't been there since the new entrance opened.

by dcmike on Aug 6, 2014 8:35 pm • linkreport

Bah, I knew that Rosslyn one was something newish.....

by Justin..... on Aug 6, 2014 10:18 pm • linkreport

Oh snap #4 was Grosvenor? I was soooo close...

by Justin..... on Aug 6, 2014 10:19 pm • linkreport

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