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Think you know Metro? It's whichWMATA week 25

It's time for the twenty-fifth installment of our weekly "whichWMATA" series! Below are five photos of the Washington Metro system. Can you identify the station depicted in each picture?

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


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The answers will appear on Wednesday. We'll hide the comments so the early birds don't spoil the fun for you.

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Morning fog 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.


Rosslyn. Photo by wolfkann.


14th St bridge. Photo by Brian Allen.


600 block - NY Avenue NW. Photo by ep_jhu.


Benning Rd and Bladensburg Rd NE. Photo by Kevin Mueller.


Metropolitan Grove MARC station. Photo by BeyondDC.

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 24

On Monday, we posted our twenty-fourth 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?

This week, we got just 15 guesses. Two people got all 5 correct. Great work, Peter K and Chris.


Image 1: Union Station

The first image shows the Massachusetts Avenue entrance to Union Station Metro. The distinctive feature here is the central entrance between the escalators. The escalators lead up to the portico of Union Station. The central passage goes directly into the lower level food court of the station. One commenter noted that the steps seem to be an ADA violation, but since this mezzanine doesn't have an elevator, it's not an issue.

With 14 guesses, all but one of you knew this was Union Station. It was, by far, the most recognized image this week.


Image 2: Wiehle Avenue

This image shows the art in the north entrance plaza at Wiehle Avenue station. The building under construction in the background is part of the TOD growing around the new Metro stop. Several of you guessed NoMa or Navy Yard, which also are seeing new construction. But the art here is the clue. Only five of you got this one right.


Image 3: Georgia Avenue/Petworth

The third image shows a public art installation at Georgia Avenue/Petworth station. I actually collected this photo for possible inclusion in Week 4's art set, but it didn't make the cut. This art is just outside the faregates, and greets customers as they turn from the entrance corridor into the train room. With only two correct guesses, this image was the hardest this week.


Image 4: McLean

This image proved to be a little trickier. It shows the new Silver Line viaduct approaching McLean station. The picture was taken from the entrance to the north side of Route 123. The primary clue here is the watercourse, Scott's Run. The other clue is the light color of the concrete, which distinguishes it as new construction. Five people correctly guessed McLean.


Image 5: Greenbelt

The final image depicts a pair of old B&O Railroad "CPL" signals from the platform at Greenbelt. These signals are very distinctive, and were unique to the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (the MARC Brunswick and Camden lines run on former B&O lines). Unfortunately for fans of the historic signals, the congressional mandate for Positive Train Control means CSX is currently replacing all their CPLs with a "Darth Vaders." These signals guard the ends of the station tracks at Greenbelt MARC. It's the last place in the Metro system where you can see a CPL from a platform. Seven of you got this one right.

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

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Think you know Metro? It's whichWMATA week 24

It's time for the 24th installment of our weekly "whichWMATA" series! Below are five photos of the Washington Metro system. Can you identify the station depicted in each 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.

Photography


Bricks galore in the 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.


Crystal City. Photo by Elvert Barnes.


Adams Morgan. Photo by tedeytan.


Photo by Martin Bartholmy.


Photo by Erin.


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!

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Here are the answers to whichWMATA week 23

On Monday, we posted our twenty-third 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 25 guesses this week. Twelvealmost halfof you got all five correct. Great work, Aaron, Mike B, Peter K, iaom, Andy L, MZEBE, Alex B, Eyendis, King Terrapin, Sand Box John, Rob K, and Matt and Sarah!


Image 1: Fort Totten

The first image shows the north end of the Red Line platform at Fort Totten. The primary clue here are the radio towers visible in the distance. The other clue is the single freight rail track on the left side of the fence, narrowing it down to the Red Line shared corridor between Brookland and Silver Spring. Fifteen of you got this one right.


Image 2: NoMa

The second image was taken from the platform at NoMa station. The primary clues here are the canopy ("Gull II"), which is present at only three stations, and the electrified Amtrak corridor just north of Union Station. This could only be NoMa, and 24 of you (all but one) got it right. Great job!


Image 3: Largo

The third image also has the "Gull II" canopy like at NoMa. But this is Largo Town Center. The main clue here is the parking garage at left. NoMa doesn't have any parking and Morgan Boulevard (which also has this canopy type) is below grade, so it has concrete walls on either side. Eighteen of you knew this one.


Image 4: Silver Spring

The fourth image shows Colesville Road in downtown Silver Spring through the windows of an arriving train. From the image, you can tell that this is an elevated station over a major arterial, and you may have been able to recognize some of the high-rises visible above the train. As with image two, 24 of you (all but one) also got this one correct. Excellent work!


Image 5: West Falls Church

The final image shows the westbound track at West Falls Church. Only West Falls Church has this diagonal glass canopy over the trackway like this. An additional clue is visible at center left: the distinctive canopy at the north bus loop. Twenty of you got this one right.

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

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Do you know the station? It's whichWMATA week 23

It's time for the twenty-third installment of our weekly "whichWMATA" series! Below are photos of five 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.

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Beautiful black and white 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.


Georgetown. Photo by wolfkann.


Dunbar High Sschool. Photo by Aimee Custis.


The Trans-Lux Theatre, 738 14th St NW, apparently during the 1948 opening of Carol Reed's "The Fallen Idol". Photo by rockcreek.


Photo by wolfkann.


Key Bridge Marriott. Photo by christaki.

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 22

On Monday, we posted our twenty-second photo challenge to see how well you know Metro. Reader Peter K took photos of five Metro stations. Here are the answers. How well did you do?

We got 31 guesses this week. 10 of you got all five correct. Great work, Alex B, Merarch, Patrick, Mr. Johnson, TheOtherGlenmont, Kwasi, Sand Box John, Aaron, JS2008, and Rob K!


Image 1: Dupont Circle

Since Peter K took all the photos this week, the answer paragraphs below are all in his words.

Across all 91 stations, WMATA operates 613 escalators to keep passengers moving efficiently through the system. That's really quite an impressive number considering there are only 35,000 escalators in the US, meaning that slightly more than 1 out of every 60 escalators in this country is on Metro. Since escalators are a key part of nearly all Metrorail commutes, I thought it'd be appropriate to take a moment and look at a few unique escalator installations.

First up is an overhead view of the surface-mezzanine escalators at the Q Street (north) entrance to Dupont Circle. This configuration, with three escalators separated by wide balustrades, is somewhat unusual in the system and is most commonly seen at deeper and/or high-volume stations since it allows each escalator to be taken offline for maintenance without impacting the others. The lighting and point of view narrow the location down further: here, we're above the escalator and have natural light, which eliminates places like Bethesda and Tenleytown.

But the real key here are the building materials. The darker metal along the balustrades rules out renovated escalators like the ones at Medical Center and Potomac Avenue, and the brickwork along the sides definitively puts us in the open, circular pit of Dupont's north entrance. 28 of you got Dupont Circle right.


Image 2: National Airport

The second image is at National Airport, specifically the escalators at the southern end of the District-bound platform. The main hint here is the Gull Wing I roof, which is only used at 13 island platform stations. Of those, National Airport's platforms are distinctly narrower than the others, being barely wide enough to accommodate 2 escalators side-by-side, due to its 3-tracked configuration.

Other unique features include the "THANKS FOR RIDING METRO" inscription on the way to the mezzanine and the placement of the escalator at the very end of the platform. Another tip could have been the airport shuttles and distinctive yellow pedestrian bridge barely visible on the left side of the picture. 18 of you got this one correct.


Image 3: L'Enfant Plaza

The third image shows a few of the platform-mezzanine escalators at L'Enfant Plaza on the upper level, heading up to the 7th/Maryland entrance. The upper level of L'Enfant is unique within the system for how wide its upper level is, providing a cavernous amount of space on the platforms and allowing the floating mezzanine to be pulled away from the walls to create a second walkway on the outside of the escalators.

Metro Center can be ruled out, since it now has signs installed in the space between the parapet and the escalator. This particular entrance also has 3 escalators serving each platform, which among side platform stations is a trait shared only with Ballston (to my knowledge). 21 of you correctly guessed L'Enfant Plaza.


Image 4: Farragut North

The fourth image shows the escalators up to the L Street (northernmost) mezzanine at Farragut North. Like a handful of other stations, the L Street mezzanine at Farragut North is located in a separate room beyond the end of the platform. The distinctive feature here, aside from the bank of 3 escalators and the arriving Red Line train, is the especially low (and newly renovated!) tiled ceiling, eliminating other similar stations.

Stadium-Armory also has a bank of 3 escalators right at the end of the platform, but the ceiling is full-height there. Union Station, which has a flat ceiling at its north end, only has 2 escalators, separated by the elevator. 23 of you knew this was Farragut North.


Image 5: Rosslyn

The fifth image shows the west (older) mezzanine at Rosslyn. The unique feature here is simply the size of the escalator bank. Rosslyn is one of only 3 stations to have 4 escalators in one bank serving a single mezzanine, the others being Mount Vernon Square at the Washington Convention Center and the Verizon Center entrance of Gallery Place. However, both of those installations are much, much shorter than Rosslyn and feature a staircase in between two sets of two escalators.

In this picture, the extra-wide, stair-free gap in the middle is there because of a now-disused elevator shaft bisecting the escalators (week 15) that's been closed due to development above the station and replaced by the new, elevator-only east mezzanine (week 12). 20 of you correctly guessed Rosslyn.

Next Monday we'll have 5 more photos for you to identify. Thanks for playing! And a special thanks to Peter K for supplying the photos this week.

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Think you know Metro? It's whichWMATA week 22

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

This week, we have a guest photographer. These 5 photos were all taken by Peter K.


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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 Thursday. Good luck! Thanks again to Peter K for his submissions.

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