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Think you know Metro? It's whichWMATA week 77

After a winter hiatus, it's (finally!) time for the seventy-seventh installment of our weekly "whichWMATA" series! Below are photos of five stations in the Washington Metro system. Can you identify each from its picture?


Image 1


Image 2


Image 3


Image 4


Image 5

We'll hide the comments so the early birds don't spoil the fun. Please have your answers in by noon on Thursday.

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Goodbye, pretty snow 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.


Rush hour on 15th St NW. Photo by John Sonderman.


Photo by nevermindtheend.


Photo by Beau Finley on Flickr.


Photo by charmcity123 on Flickr.


The Washington Post building on 15th Street. Photo by Joe Flood.


Westbound Arrival. Photo by Beau Finley.

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Snowzilla 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.


Arlington Cemetery. Photo by Brian Allen.


Washington Monument Sunset by John Sonderman.


Photo by Kristine Marsh.


Photo by Ted Eytan.


Korean War Memorial. Photo by Kyle Anderson.


Photo by Erinn Shirley.


Photo by nevermindtheend.

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Check out our favorite Snowzilla photos

Mother Nature has ruled the day since Friday. These are our favorite images from throughout the weekend, uploaded to our Greater and Lesser Washington Flickr pool.


Photo by Ted Eytan on Flickr.


Archives. Photo by ep_jhu on Flickr.


Photo by ep_jhu on Flickr.


Photo by Kristine Marsh on Flickr.


Photo by Jaclyn Lippelmann on Flickr.


Photo by airbus777 on Flickr.


Photo by urbandispute on Flickr.


Photo by Casey Labrack on Flickr.

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Up in the air 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.


National Harbor. Photo by Brian Allen.


Photo by Jim Havard.


Photo by nevermindtheend.


Air Force Memorial. Photo by John Sonderman.


I-395. Photo by Beau Finley.

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Patterns and symmetry 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.


Eisenhower Executive Office Building. Photo by Jordan Barab.


West Heating Plant. Photo by airbus777.


National Gallery. Photo by Mark Andre.


Photo by Beau Finley.


DC Convention Center. Photo by Jill Slater.


L Street NW. Photo by Joe Flood.

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How well do you know your WAMU reporters? It's whichWMArtin week 1

Which WAMU reporter named Martin is this a picture of?


#WhichWMArtin? Photo by Edward Kimmel.

From the beginning, I've loved Matt Johnson's WhichWMATA series. But when did I know it was a hit?

When WAMU transportation reporter Martin Di Caro began trolling us on Twitter.

I've always found it funny. But according to Di Caro's co-workers at WAMU, he doesn't know when to end a joke. They documented his persistence, and it has me laughing just as much:

Thanks for the laughs, Martin! You'll have to be our guest quizmaster one of these days.

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History


See Metro Center when it was still under construction

In the mid 1970s, Metro's first stations were under construction and on track for their 1976 opening day. This historic photo shows Metro Center station while it was under construction, circa 1975.


Metro Center in 1974 or 1975. Photo source unknown.

In the photo, the basic form of the station is in place. The vault is done, the track bed looks good, and the station's lights are on. But there's clearly a lot of work left to do, including most of the finishing touches.

It's an interesting 40-year-old look at one of our region's most important transit hubs.

Cross-posted at BeyondDC.

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Works of art 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.


Downtown Holiday Market. Photo by psinderbrand.


Photo by Claire.


Photo by Jordan Barab.


Photo by Victoria Pickering.


Alley off U Street. Photo by Mike Maguire.


Photo by LaTur.


Photo by nevermindtheend.

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Here are the answers to whichWMATA week 76

On Tuesday, we posted our seventy-sixth photo challenge to see how well you knew Metro. I took photos of five Metro stations. Here are the answers. How well did you do?

This week, we got 23 guesses. Six got all five. Great work, Gregory Koch, Jay K, Peter K, We Will Crush Peter K, JamesDCane, and AlexC!


Image 1: Glenmont

The first image shows Glenmont. This one was pretty straight-forward. There aren't very many "Arch II" stations, which have a six coffer cross-section, and the only one on the Red Line is Glenmont.

Nineteen got this one right.


Image 2: Shaw

The next image was taken at Shaw's southern entrance. The main clue here is the Shaw Library and the lighted art out front. The traffic signals in the background are also clearly DC-style signals, so that may have helped you figure it out.

Seventeen knew this one.


Image 3: Bethesda

The third image shows an entrance pylon at Bethesda station. The sign is clearly non-standard, especially the font, which is not Helvetica. This entrance is on the southeast corner of East-West Highway and Wisconsin Avenue and access to the station is via the office building lobby.

Other than the sign, the biggest clue here is the median, which separates one-way traffic. East-West Highway (Route 410) is a part of a couplet (with Montgomery Avenue) in downtown Bethesda. The five westbound lanes are separated by a median, with the left two lanes turning left onto Wisconsin. This sort of street arrangement is fairly rare.

Fifteen guessed correctly.


Image 4: National Airport

I can almost guarantee that most of you have used this station—National Airport—without ever setting eyes upon this entrance. The station actually has three entrances: The escalator-only entrances at the north and south ends of the platform are staffed and popular. But in between those, there's a third mezzanine for the elevator-only entrance.

The platform elevators are in the center of the platform, and don't connect directly to either of the main entrances. Instead, they lead to this small, unstaffed mezzanine with just two faregates and two farecard machines. A covered walkway beneath the platform leads to the main entances and the airport bridges at either end.

As several of you noted, the framing is evocative of the design of the new airport terminal. Another clue is the airport upper level roadway, just visible in the distance. You can also see a column supporting the station at center-right, indicating that this is an elevated station.

Eleven got the right answer.


Image 5: Stadium/Armory

The final image shows a sign outside Stadium/Armory. Like most WMATA stations, only one entrance has an elevator. In this case, that's the southern entrance. The northern entrance is closest to RFK Stadium and the DC Armory, though, so many users may be unfamiliar with the design. This sign points the way, two blocks farther south to the elevator.

The sign is very reflective of the huge banner in the station that says "Stadium this way," and I suspect they were designed at the same time. That was a clue. As is the somewhat distinctive fence at left.

Sixteen came to the correct conclusion.

Thanks for playing!

We're going on hiatus for a few weeks. WhichWMATA will return in 2016. So use the holidays to study up on the Metro system to prepare for more quizzes in the new year.

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