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Here are the answers to whichWMATA week 20

On Monday, we posted our twentieth 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 19 guesses this week. 6 of you got all 5 correct. Great job, Alex B, MZEBE, Peter K, coneyraven, Roger F, and Phil.


Image 1: West Falls Church

The first image is from the mezzanine of West Falls Church. The crucial clue here was the "Dulles Airport Shuttle" sign. It refers to the now-truncated DC Flyer service. I don't know whether this sign is still in place. I took the photo last month. But despite that, the line of natural light coming in from the ceiling and the down escalator at the far left discounts underground Rosslyn and L'Enfant Plaza. Wiehle Avenue doesn't have this kind of brutalist architecture, so it's out too. 13 of you correctly guessed West Falls Church.


Image 2: Judiciary Square

The second image shows the western escalator entrance to Judiciary Square, in front of the National Building Museum. The District of Columbia City Hall is visible at center, which is a clear giveaway. Another clue is the pair of elevators, which drop directly to the platforms, bypassing the mezzanine. 16 of you knew this one.


Image 3: White Flint

The third image was a bit harder. It depicts the canopy at White Flint. This peaked-roof canopy is very similar to the canopies at most of the above-ground stations that opened in the 1980s and 1990s. But there's a unique feature here: This canopy has tapered support beams. These tapers are not present anywhere else in the system on the beams running parallel to the tracks, though the taper is standard on the cross-beams. The office building visible through the glass may have tipped some of you off as well. 9 of you got this one right.


Image 4: Tysons Corner

The fourth image shows the set of 4 escalators at the western end of Tysons Corner station. Tysons Corner has two entrances. One is on the south side of Route 123, via a bridge over the roadway. It lands near Tysons Corner Center. But the other entrance is below the tracks, 2 levels below the mezzanine. These escalators lead from the mezzanine to a landing (where the photo was taken) and down to the north side of Route 123. Nine of you guessed this one correctly.


Image 5: East Falls Church

The final image shows the view out of the entrance to East Falls Church station. The road that's visible is Sycamore Street, which runs under the tracks and platform (which are above the concrete lattice in the photo). The other clue is the bridge that carries the westbound lanes of I-66, just visible in the upper right corner. East Falls Church is the only median station in the system with an entrance below the tracks. 14 of you got this one right.

Next Monday we'll have 5 more photos for you to identify. Thanks for playing!

Transit


Do you know the station? It's whichWMATA week 20

It's time for the twentieth installment of our weekly "whichWMATA" series! Below are photos of 5 stations in the Washington Metro system. Can you identify each from its picture?


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

The answers will appear on Wednesday. Good luck!

Photography


Summertime in the Flickr pool


Here are our favorite new images from the Greater and Lesser Washington Flickr pool, showcasing the best and worst of the Washington region.


Ghibellina. Photo by Tim Brown.


Photo by Brian Allen.


600 block of New York Ave NW. Photo by ep_jhu.


Greater U Street. Photo by Clif Burns.


Photo by nevermindtheend.

Got a picture that depicts the best or worst of the Washington region? Make sure to join our Flickr pool and submit your own photos!

Transit


Here are the answers to whichWMATA week 19

On Monday, I posted 5 images of stations in other transit systems in a twist on the weekly whichWMATA challenge. Here are the answers.

We got 55 guesses this week. 27 of you correctly guessed each of the 5 transit systems shown here. 8 of you got all of the systems and all 5 of the stations. Great work, Austin, Roger F, David, Joe M, Mike B, Peter K, Matt D, and Paul Kirk-Davidoff.


Image 1: BART.

The first image is a picture of BART's 12th Street/Oakland City Center station. BART is the regional rail system in the San Francisco Bay Area, and is very much a sister system to WMATA. This station in downtown Oakland is distinctive with its red tile. Another clue is the "platform 3" label on the digital sign. 12th Street has 3 tubes because it's where several lines converge. 49 of you got BART right. 12 of you, appropriately, guessed 12th Street.

Several of you guessed 19th Street - Oakland, which has an almost identical layout. But the tile there is a dark blue color, which differentiates it from 12th Street (with red tile).


Image 2: Montreal Metro.

The second image shows art above the tracks at Montreal's Berri-UQAM station. Montreal's Metro has distinctive blue carriages with a white stripe, and that helped most of you narrow this one down. 36 correctly guessed Montreal. 19 got Berri-UQAM right.


Image 3: DART.

The third image shows a DART train at Victory station near downtown Dallas. Victory is the station near the basketball arena here and also serves as a transfer point to the TRE commuter train to Fort Worth. The landmark Reunion Tower is visible at center right. 45 knew this was DART. 15 got Victory station right.


Image 4: San Diego Trolley.

The fourth image shows a San Diego Trolley LRV leaving San Diego State University station. San Diego is home to the first modern light rail system in the United States, and the bright red cars are an icon of the city. The station at San Diego State is the only underground station in the system. 36 of you got San Diego. 15 correctly guessed San Diego State University station.


Image 5: Charlotte CATS.

The final image shows the Third Street/Convention Center station in Uptown Charlotte. This stop has beautiful red and green art that doubles as the station's canopy. 31 guessed Charlotte. 17 knew it was Third Street.

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

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WhichWMATA week 19: On vacation

This week, whichWMATA is on vacation, which means it's time for a real challenge. Can you guess the transit systems these photos are from? Earn a bonus point by also correctly guessing the station where the photo was taken.


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

The answers will appear on Wednesday. Good luck!

Photography


Vigil in the Flickr pool

Here are our favorite new images from the Greater and Lesser Washington Flickr pool, showcasing the best and worst of the Washington region.


Mike Brown vigil at Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park. Photo by JohnJackPhotography.


Brightwood - Georgia Avenue and Missouri NW. Photo by Randall Myers.


Patuxent River - Lower Marlboro. Photo by Maryland Route 5.


Rosslyn Metro. Photo by Paul Sirajuddin.


Dupont Circle. Photo by Elvert Barnes.


14th & V NW. Photo by Clif Burns.

Got a picture that depicts the best or worst of the Washington region? Make sure to join our Flickr pool and submit your own photos!

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Here are the answers to whichWMATA week 18

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

We got 30 guesses on this post. Seven of you got all five. Great work, iaom, Patrick, Russell, Phil, Justin...., Peter K, and Adam H.


Image 1. Photo by DC Transit Nerd.

The first image is a picture of art at the Archives station. This installation is called "Ocean Piece" and is located in the entrance to the station. 24 of you got this one right.


Image 2. Photo by Sand Box John.

The second image shows Prince George's Plaza. This station's unique design is very distinctive, and 24 of you knew this one.


Image 3. Photo by DC Transit Nerd.

The third image shows a train standing on the platform at New Carrollton, viewed from the adjacent Amtrak platform. Clues include the yellow edge-of-platform strip on the Amtrak platform, and the parking garage, visible at far left. 21 of you guessed this one correctly.


Image 4. Photo by Ben Schumin.

This picture shows the entrance to Capitol South station. The clues here include the lack of a canopy above the escalators, the rowhouses visible in the distance, and the parking lot in the foreground. 13 of you got this one.


Image 5. Photo by DC Transit Nerd.

The final image shows a strip map at Gallery Place. WMATA tends to test out new signage at Gallery Place, and this is the only place on the Red Line where the strip map includes arrows showing the direction of travel. 10 got this one right.

Thanks to Ben Schumin, DC Transit Nerd, 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.

Transit


Do you know the station? It's whichWMATA week 18

This week, it's time for a little something different on whichWMATA: Your entries. We picked the best five images from reader submissions. Can you guess the five stations these images depict?


Image 1. Photo by DC Transit Nerd.


Image 2. Photo by Sand Box John.


Image 3. Photo by DC Transit Nerd.


Image 4. Photo by Ben Schumin.


Image 5. Photo by DC Transit Nerd.

In the future, we'll have more reader submissions, so while you're riding Metro keep your eyes (and cameraphones) peeled for unique stations and architectural features.

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

The answers will appear on Wednesday. Good luck!

Photography


Blue, green, orange, red, and yellow in the Flickr pool

Here are our favorite new images from the Greater and Lesser Washington Flickr pool, showcasing the best and worst of the Washington region.


Washington-Lee High School (Arlington). Photo by wolfkann.


Photo by Rich Renomeron.


Building Museum. Photo by caroline.angelo.


Photo by Clif Burns.


Photo by Clif Burns.

Got a picture that depicts the best or worst of the Washington region? Make sure to join our Flickr pool and submit your own photos!

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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!

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