World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Green Line (Washington Metro)


Green Line (Washington Metro)

Green Line
Green Line train on the lower level of Fort Totten station
Type Rapid transit
System Washington Metro
Status Operating
Locale MD
Washington, D.C.
Termini Branch Ave (South)
Greenbelt (North)
Stations 21
Opened May 11, 1991 (1991-05-11)
Operator(s) Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
Character At-grade, elevated, and underground
Line length 23.04 mi (37.1 km)
No. of tracks 2
Track gauge 4 ft 8 14 in (1,429 mm)
Electrification Third rail
Route map
CSX Capital Subdivision, MARC to Baltimore
Greenbelt Yard
I-95 / I-495 (Capital Beltway)
Greenbelt B30 to BWI Airport
College Park
CSX Capital Subdivision, MARC to Washington
West Hyattsville
Fort Totten
Georgia Avenue–Petworth
Columbia Heights
U Street
Shaw–Howard University
Mount Vernon Square
Gallery Place
L'Enfant Plaza (VRE) RF&P: Amtrak and VRE
L'Enfant Plaza
I‑395 (Southwest Freeway)
to Huntington
Navy Yard–Ballpark
Anacostia River
I‑295 (Anacostia Freeway)
Congress Heights
Southern Avenue
Naylor Road
Branch Avenue
Branch Avenue Yard
Washington Metro system map

The Green Line is one of the six Maryland, and the District of Columbia. It was the last line in the original Metrorail plan to be constructed, and is one of three north–south lines through the city of Washington. It shares nine stations with the Yellow Line (13 stations during rush hour), one station with the Blue, Silver and Orange lines, and two stations with the Red Line.

The Green Line requires 19 trains (10 eight-car trains and nine six-car trains, consisting of 134 rail cars) to run at peak capacity.[1][2]


  • History 1
    • Early decision-making 1.1
    • Legal and funding battles 1.2
      • 1980 troubles and near-cancellation 1.2.1
      • 1981 1.2.2
      • 1982 1.2.3
      • Anacostia terminus 1.2.4
    • Resolution of controversies 1.3
    • Bus controversy 1.4
      • Protests and boycott 1.4.1
      • Fare loss 1.4.2
    • Rail car shortage 1.5
  • Construction 2
    • 1984 2.1
    • 1985 2.2
    • 1986–88 2.3
    • Extension south of Anacostia 2.4
    • Opening delays 2.5
      • Change of contractor 2.5.1
      • Other problems 2.5.2
    • 1991 extension 2.6
    • 1993 extension 2.7
  • Service 3
  • Crime 4
  • Route 5
  • Stations 6
  • Plans 7
  • See also 8
  • References 9
  • Bibliography 10
  • Further reading 11
  • External links 12


Planning for Metro began with the Mass Transportation Survey in 1955 which attempted to forecast both freeway and mass transit systems sufficient to meet the needs of the region projected for 1980.[3] In 1959, the study's final report included two rapid transit lines which anticipated subways in downtown Washington.[4] Because the plan called for extensive freeway construction within the District of Columbia, alarmed residents lobbied for legislation which both created a new transportation agency and blocked freeway construction.[5] The agency, the National Capital Transportation Administration, issued a 1962 Transportation in the National Capital Region report, which did not include the route that became the Green Line.[6] A central route under 7th Street in downtown was only added in 1967 primarily to serve the "inner city."[7]

In March 1968, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) board approved its 98-mile (158 km) Adopted Regional System (ARS) which included the Green Line from Branch Avenue to Greenbelt. It also foresaw possible future extensions to Laurel, Maryland and Brandywine, Maryland.[8]

Early decision-making

Plans for rapid transit prior to the creation of WMATA in February 1967 focused on the needs of commuters while neglecting some of the District's less affluent neighborhoods.[9] However, by late 1966, some plans started to include a line along 7th Street in the District of Columbia.[9] The new line was included in WMATA's master plan for its proposed then-101-mile system in 1968.[10] At that time, a Green Line was planned to pass through some of the area's poorest and most transit-dependent neighborhoods and provide them with subway service.[10] Riots following the death of Martin Luther King in 1968 destroyed much of the commercial district around 14th and U Streets and planners hoped that adding a subway stop in that area would stimulate redevelopment.[11] The original 1969 plan called for a line under 13th Street NW with just two stations. However, in 1970, the District of Columbia Council agreed to pay an additional $3 million to add a third station and reroute the Green Line under U Street, and then 14th Street NW.[12] Instead of opening in 1976, the first Green Line stations opened in 1991.[12] The southern part of the Green Line was originally to pass over the 11th Street Bridges to the intersection of Good Hope Road SE and Martin Luther King, Jr., Avenue SE,[13] follow Martin Luther King, Jr., Avenue SE to Suitland Parkway, down Suitland Parkway to Branch Avenue SE, and down Branch Avenue to a terminus at the intersection of Branch Avenue and the Capital Beltway.[10][14][15] Public hearings on whether to build a Green Line and the route it should take were completed in 1973,[16] and portions of the Green Line was originally scheduled to open in 1976.[17]

The tunnel from the North Central Freeway,[19] but after that road was cancelled, the route of the replacement subway tunnel became controversial, resulting in years of expensive delays.[20]

Controversy dogged the route of the rest of the Green Line, however. The site of the Anacostia Station, set for the intersection of Martin Luther King, Jr., Avenue SE and Good Hope Road SE, led to concerns that the station would destroy historic Old Anacostia, and after pressure from the federal government Metro moved the site of the station to Howard Road SE.[13] By the end of 1977, Metro had pushed the opening of the Green Line to June 1983.[21] Increasing construction costs and financing problems (caused primarily by the inability of local governments to contribute their share of Metro's funding) led WMATA to consider whether to shift the Green Line to a more southerly route along Wheeler Road SE to terminate near Rosecroft Raceway.[14] Another alternative would have built two Green Lines: One would follow Wheeler Road SE with a terminus at Southern Avenue; the other would follow Suitland Parkway to Martin Luther King, Jr., Avenue SE, then proceed northerly along Martin Luther King, Jr., Avenue SE to Good Hope Road SE and terminate at Good Hope Road SE and Minnesota Avenue SE (then called "Anacostia Station").[14]

In October 1977, WMATA's Board of Directors refused to declare construction of the Green Line a "high priority" (favoring extension of the Red Line to Glenmont) but did instruct Metro staff to work on plans to fund the line and determine its route.[22] Although the United States Department of Transportation approved the Glenmont extension, federal officials were unhappy that Metro had yet to construct the Green Line into Anacostia.[22]

In January 1978, a WMATA regional task force approved a Green Line route in Anacostia that followed Martin Luther King, Jr., Avenue and then Wheeler Road down to the Beltway (with a new station added near

  • Metrorail Web site

External links

  • Deiter, Ronald H. (1990). The Story of Metro: Transportation and Politics in the Nation's Capital. Glendale, CA: Interurban Press.  

Further reading

  • Albanese, Jay S. Criminal Justice, 2000 Update. Boston: Allyn & Bacon, 1999. ISBN 0-205-31884-3
  • Banks, James G. The Unintended Consequences: Family and Community, the Victims of Isolated Poverty. Lanham, Md.: University Press of America, 2004. ISBN 0-7618-2857-5
  • Edleson, Harriet and Lindroth, David. The Little Black Book of Washington, DC: The Essential Guide to America's Capital. White Plains, N.Y.: Peter Pauper Press, 2007. ISBN 1-59359-868-8
  • La Vigne, Nancy G. "Safe Transport: Security By Design on the Washington Metro." In Preventing Mass Transit Crime. Ronald V. Clarke, ed. Monsey, N.Y.: Criminal Justice Press, 2002. ISBN 1-881798-28-3
  • Schrag, Zachary. The Great Society Subway: A History of the Washington Metro. Baltimore, Md.: Johns Hopkins University, 2006. ISBN 0-8018-8246-X


  1. ^ "Approved Fiscal 2009 Annual Budget" (PDF). Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. 2009. p. 80. 
  2. ^ "Metrorail System Adds Trains to Fleet" (Press release). Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. April 9, 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-27. 
  3. ^ Schrag at p. 33-38.
  4. ^ Schrag at p. 39.
  5. ^ Schrag at p. 42.
  6. ^ Schrag at p. 55.
  7. ^ Schrag at p. 112.
  8. ^ Schrag at p. 117.
  9. ^ a b Schrag at p. 106.
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Burgess, John (March 18, 1982). "Metro to Halt Start of Leg To Rosecroft". Washington Post. 
  11. ^ Schrag at p. 211-12.
  12. ^ a b Schrag at p. 213.
  13. ^ a b Sisler, Peter F. (December 27, 1991). "Decades of Frustrating Debate Kept Green Line Sidetracked". Washington Times. 
  14. ^ a b c Feaver, Douglas (October 18, 1977). "Metro Choices Detailed". Washington Post. 
  15. ^ a b c d e f Vesey, Tom (June 23, 1982). "Green Line War Heats Up Again". Washington Post. 
  16. ^ a b c d Williams, Juan (February 25, 1982). "Budgets, Politics Threaten Green Line". Washington Post. 
  17. ^ Vesey, Tom (December 17, 1983). "Metrorail, Now 7, Branching Out".  
  18. ^ Schrag at p. 217.
  19. ^ a b Schrag at p. 214.
  20. ^ Schrag at p. 214-16.
  21. ^ "Schedule Calls for Metro Extensions Into Maryland in November". Washington Post. June 24, 1977. 
  22. ^ a b Feaver, Douglas B. (October 28, 1977). "Metro Board Endorses Cheaper Glenmont Line". Washington Post. 
  23. ^ Feaver, Douglas B. (January 19, 1978). "Anacostia Metro Shift, Greenbelt Route Rejection Backed". Washington Post. 
  24. ^ Feaver, Douglas B. (May 4, 1978). "100-Mile Metro Backed". Washington Post. 
  25. ^ Feaver, Douglas B. (April 26, 1978). "P.G. Council Votes for 2 Metro Routes". Washington Post. 
  26. ^ Feaver, Douglas B. (May 10, 1978). "Prince George's County Council Chooses Rosecroft Metro Line". Washington Post. 
  27. ^ Feaver, Douglas B. (August 5, 1978). "Cost of Subway Is Now Estimated At $6.6 Billion". Washington Post. 
  28. ^ a b Feaver, Douglas B. (November 19, 1978). "Metro Completion Expected in 10 Years". Washington Post. 
  29. ^ a b Eisen, Jack (November 19, 1978). "Metro Votes Changes In Schedules and Plans". Washington Post. 
  30. ^ Feaver, Douglas B. (July 12, 1979). "U.S. Will Release Millions in Metro Building Funds". Washington Post. 
  31. ^ "Dates Set for Subway Line Openings". Washington Post. December 2, 1979. 
  32. ^ "...And Fast Tracks for It". Washington Post. January 26, 1980. p. A12. 
  33. ^ a b Feaver, Douglas B. (March 14, 1980). "Anacostia, P.G. Metro Issues Finally Resolved". Washington Post. 
  34. ^ Shapiro, Margaret (February 27, 1980). "Group Seeks to Delay Rosecroft Line". Washington Post. 
  35. ^ Feaver, Douglas B. (March 28, 1980). "Inflation, Funding Uncertainty May Slow Metro Construction". Washington Post. 
  36. ^ Feaver, Douglas B. (September 19, 1980). "Fiscal Woes Mounting For Metro". Washington Post. 
  37. ^ Feaver, Douglas B. (September 26, 1980). "10-Cent Fare Rise Proposed to Cut Metro's Deficit". Washington Post. 
  38. ^ a b c Feaver, Douglas B. (October 14, 1980). "What Ever Happened to the Green Line?". Washington Post. 
  39. ^ a b Feaver, Douglas B. (December 12, 1980). "D.C. Threatens to Halt Subway Construction Over Green Line Plan". Washington Post. 
  40. ^ Feaver, Douglas B. (December 13, 1980). "Metro Board Agrees to Make Green Line a Top Priority". Washington Post. 
  41. ^ a b c d e f g h i Lynton, Stephen J. (March 31, 1985). "Metro Ready To Dig Tunnel To Anacostia". Washington Post. 
  42. ^ a b c d e Fehr, Stephen C. (December 22, 1991). "As Metrorail Moves to Anacostia, Questions Remain". Washington Post. 
  43. ^ Feaver, Douglas B. (January 30, 1981). "Status of Future Metro Openings". Washington Post. 
  44. ^ Feaver, Douglas B. (March 6, 1981). "Metro Says $502 Million Will Be Wasted If Subway System Is Held to 62 Miles". Washington Post. 
  45. ^ a b c Feaver, Douglas B. (April 4, 1981). "DOT Warns Metro About Rosecroft Line". Washington Post. 
  46. ^ Feaver, Douglas B. (May 29, 1981). "Prognosis for Subways Is Later or Shorter". Washington Post. 
  47. ^ a b Burgess, John (July 31, 1981). "Pr. George's Holding Up Metro Pact". Washington Post. 
  48. ^ Burgess, John (August 28, 1981). "Metro Board Recommends Starting Construction on All Lines by 1985". Washington Post. 
  49. ^ Komarow, Steven (December 10, 1981). "Congressional Nursery Threatens Subway Stall".  
  50. ^ Burgess, John (March 26, 1982). "Area Governments Ask Metro To Cut Budget $32 Million". Washington Post. 
  51. ^ Burgess, John (October 5, 1982). "Metro Gets $35 Million In U.S. Funds for Land, Parking Lot Construction". Washington Post. 
  52. ^ Burgess, John (November 19, 1982). "Metro Board Upholds Green Line Route to Rosecroft". Washington Post. 
  53. ^ a b Burgess, John (December 23, 1982). "New Law Will Again Delay Metro Construction Schedule". Washington Post. 
  54. ^ Barker, Karlyn (February 1, 1983). "Budget Could Cost City An Extra $50 Million". Washington Post. 
  55. ^ Evans, Sandra (February 23, 1983). "Metro Asks 50% Rise in U.S. Funding". Washington Post. 
  56. ^ Burgess, John (February 11, 1983). "Metro Identifies Four Unbuilt Segments Beyond U.S.-Specified 75-Mile Limit". Washington Post. 
  57. ^ Lynton, Stephen T. (July 14, 1983). "Judge to Consider Metro Bid to Build Green Line in SE.". Washington Post. 
  58. ^ a b Lynton, Stephen T. (October 5, 1983). "Judge Bars Metro From Building Green Line Through Anacostia". Washington Post. 
  59. ^ Lynton, Stephen T. (October 21, 1983). "Metro Won't Appeal Judge's Ruling That Bars Green Line to Rosecroft". Washington Post. 
  60. ^ McQueen, Michael (October 19, 1983). "P.G. Council Majority Backs Shift of Subway Line". Washington Post. 
  61. ^ Lynton, Stephen T. (December 3, 1983). "Metro Plan to Get Funds For Subway Stirs Dispute". Washington Post. 
  62. ^ Lynton, Stephen T. (December 22, 1983). "Metro Considers Hiring Ex-Transportation Chief To Settle Green Line Feud". Washington Post. 
  63. ^ a b c Lynton, Stephen T. (February 21, 1984). "New Moves Seek to Get Green Line on Track". Washington Post. 
  64. ^ a b Lynton, Stephen T. (February 25, 1984). "Tentative Accord". Washington Post. 
  65. ^ a b c Lynton, Stephen T. (March 8, 1984). "Way Is Cleared For Green Line To Anacostia". Washington Post. 
  66. ^ a b Lynton, Stephen T. (February 29, 1984). "Deadline Set for Green Line Decision". Washington Post. 
  67. ^ Lynton, Stephen T. (March 2, 1984). "Metro Board Clears Way for Start on Green Line". Washington Post. 
  68. ^ Lynton, Stephen T. (June 15, 1984). "Judge Is Asked To Ease Freeze On Green Line". Washington Post. 
  69. ^ Lynton, Stephen T. (June 27, 1984). "Work May Start This Year". Washington Post. 
  70. ^ Lynton, Stephen T. (February 2, 1984). "Curbs on Metro Expansion To Remain, DOT Chief Says". Washington Post. 
  71. ^ Lynton, Stephen T. (May 16, 1984). "House Panel Endorses Full Subway Construction". Washington Post. 
  72. ^ Lynton, Stephen T. (June 8, 1984). "House Panel Backs Bill To Lift Curb on Metro". Washington Post. 
  73. ^ Lynton, Stephen T. (June 29, 1984). "Senate Committee Acts to Bar Limits on Metro and National". Washington Post. 
  74. ^ a b c d Henderson, Nell (September 4, 1991). "Bus Riders Creating a Storm". Washington Post. 
  75. ^ Fehr, Stephen C. (April 10, 1991). "Metro Proposes Cuts in 40 Percent of Its Bus Routes". Washington Post. 
  76. ^ Two routes were replaced with new routes; three routes were discontinued without replacement; 12 routes were consolidated with other routes; seven routes were truncated to terminate at the Anacostia Station; and one route was expanded. See: Keary, Jim (August 27, 1991). "Proposal for Buses Raises Hackles in SE". Washington Times. 
  77. ^ a b Sisler, Peter F. (September 13, 1991). "Riders Pack Metro Hearings to Decry Bus Cuts in SE, PG". Washington Times. 
  78. ^ a b c Keary, Jim (August 27, 1991). "Proposal for Buses Raises Hackles in SE". Washington Times. 
  79. ^ Keary, Jim (August 2, 1991). "Metro Plans More Cuts to Close $10 Million Deficit". Washington Times. 
  80. ^ Keary, Jim (August 30, 1991). "New Line Divides Metro Board". Washington Times. 
  81. ^ Sisler, Peter F. (September 11, 1991). "PG Riders of Metro Denounce Bus Cuts". Washington Times. 
  82. ^ a b c d Fehr, Stephen C. "Metro Shifts Stand On SE, P.G. Buses." Washington Post. October 25, 1991.
  83. ^ Fehr, Stephen C. (September 12, 1991). "With SE Angry, Dixon Vows to Save Bus Routes". Washington Post. 
  84. ^ a b Fehr, Stephen C. (September 13, 1991). "Suburbs in a Snit Over SE Bus Plan". Washington Post. 
  85. ^ a b Henderson, Nell (September 15, 1991). "Barry Joins Protest Against Rerouting of SE Buses". Washington Post. 
  86. ^ Purnell, John (September 15, 1991). "Anacostians Talk of Metro Boycott". Washington Times ( 
  87. ^ McCraw, Vincent. "Dixon Targets Metro's Wallet." Washington Times. September 17, 1991; Sisler, Peter F. "Dixon to Restore Some SE Bus Cuts." Washington Times. September 21, 1991.
  88. ^ Sisler, Peter F. "Metro: City Was Party to Bus Cuts." Washington Times. September 18, 1991.
  89. ^ a b Henderson, Nell. "Dixon Plan Retains Trans-Anacostia Buses." Washington Post. September 21, 1991.
  90. ^ a b Keary, Jim. "Metro Restores Most Bus Routes." Washington Times. October 25, 1991.
  91. ^ Sisler, Peter F. "Anacostia Metro Station Runs Smoothly, Officials Say." Washington Times. December 31, 1991.
  92. ^ a b c Fehr, Stephen C. "Metro Sees Ridership Fall Short." Washington Post. February 28, 1992.
  93. ^ a b c Henderson, Nell. "SE Metro Riders Making Switch From Bus to Rail." Washington Post. November 30, 1992.
  94. ^ a b c Henderson, Nell. "Metro Sees Possible Shortage Of Rail Cars Down the Line." Washington Post. June 13, 1988.
  95. ^ a b Fehr, Stephen C. "Wheaton, Forest Glen to Climb Aboard Metro." Washington Post. September 16, 1990.
  96. ^ a b Keary, Jim. "Metro Set to Open Van Dorn Station." Washington Times. June 14, 1991.
  97. ^ Tousignant, Marylou. "'Metro Groupies' Go Along For 1st Ride From Van Dorn." Washington Post. June 16, 1991.
  98. ^ Keary, Jim. "Metro Takes the High-Price Road." Washington Times. June 25, 1991.
  99. ^ a b Sisler, Peter F. (December 27, 1991). "Opening of Anacostia Station Awakens Dormant Area Hopes". Washington Times. 
  100. ^ Sisler, Peter F. "150 Anacostians Get Preview of Life With New Metro Station." Washington Times. December 22, 1991.
  101. ^ Tousignant, Marylou. "After Feuds, Amid Fanfare, Metro Rolls Into Anacostia." Washington Post. December 29, 1991.
  102. ^ a b c Layton, Lyndsey. "Metro Seeks To Unclog Green Line." Washington Post. January 25, 2001.
  103. ^ a b c d Layton, Lyndsey. "With 5 New Metro Stations, Green Line Riders Feel Crunch." Washington Post. January 19, 2001.
  104. ^ Lynton, Stephen J. (July 14, 1984). "Excavation Set to Begin On Green Line Tunnel". Washington Post. 
  105. ^ "California Company Bid Is Low For Metro's Anacostia Tunnel". Washington ost. October 11, 1984. 
  106. ^ a b Lynton, Stephen J. (December 13, 1984). "Branch Ave. Choice Near for Green Line Route". Washington Post. 
  107. ^ a b Lynton, Stephen J. (December 14, 1984). "Metro Board Votes to Extend Green Line to Branch Avenue". Washington Post. 
  108. ^ As part of the resolution of the issue, WMATA's Board of Directors agreed to promulgate and implement rules which would tighten the agency's restrictions on awarding contracts to companies doing business in South Africa. Those rules were adopted in May 1985. See: Lynton, Stephen J. (May 10, 1985). "Metro Proposes South Africa Rules". Washington Post. 
  109. ^ Lynton, Stephen J. (July 24, 1984). "D.C. Officials Back 2 Metro Stations". Washington Post. 
  110. ^ Lynton, Stephen J. (November 2, 1984). "Metro Board to Narrow Choices for Green Line Route Into P.G.". Washington Post. 
  111. ^ Lynton, Stephen J. (January 3, 1985). "Green Line Extension Gets Go-Ahead". Washington Post. 
  112. ^ Lynton, Stephen J. (January 12, 1985). "89.5-Mile Subway Seen Near". Washington Post. 
  113. ^ Lynton, Stephen J. (March 20, 1985). "U.S. Endorses Metro Plan". Washington Post. 
  114. ^ a b c Henderson, Nell (April 9, 1987). "Green Light for Green Line". Washington Post. 
  115. ^ Fehr, Stephen C. (September 6, 1991). "Green Line Growing Dec. 28". Washington Post. 
  116. ^ Lynton, Stephen J. (October 25, 1985). "Metro Board Awards 2 Green Line Contracts". Washington Post. 
  117. ^ Lynton, Stephen J. (June 28, 1985). "$50.9 Million Contract Awarded for Shaw Station". Washington Post. 
  118. ^ Eisen, Jack (September 22, 1985). "Breaking Ground". Washington Post. 
  119. ^ Lynton, Stephen J. (November 4, 1985). "Fund Crisis May Derail Metro Plans". Washington Post. 
  120. ^ Lynton, Stephen J. (December 12, 1985). "Conferees on Hill Agree To Give Metro $227 Million". Washington Post. 
  121. ^ Lynton, Stephen J. (December 20, 1985). "Official Says White House Is Certain to Ask for Metro Cutoff". Washington Post. 
  122. ^ Lynton, Stephen J. (January 10, 1986). "Metro Appeals to Reagan to Restore Funding". Washington Post. 
  123. ^ Lynton, Stephen J. (February 6, 1986). "Funds Called Available For Metro Green Line". Washington Post. 
  124. ^ Lynton, Stephen J. (February 7, 1986). "Politics Again Stall Metro". Washington Post. 
  125. ^ Lynton, Stephen J. (March 28, 1986). "P.G. Threatens to Block Metrorail Construction". Washington Post. 
  126. ^ Lynton, Stephen J. (June 15, 1986). "Green Line: Red Light". Washington Post. 
  127. ^ Lynton, Stephen J. (July 17, 1986). "White House Releases $391.2 Million to Metro". Washington Post. 
  128. ^ Lynton, Stephen J. (November 21, 1986). "Metro Awards Contract for Navy Yard Station". Washington Post. 
  129. ^ Henderson, Nell (December 19, 1986). "Fares Stay Same, Subsidies Rise Under Metro Budget Proposal". Washington Post. 
  130. ^ "Metro Funds Requested". Washington Post. January 15, 1988. 
  131. ^ Henderson, Nell (December 27, 1988). "Long-Beleaguered Metro Green Line Creeps to Reality". Washington Post. 
  132. ^ Henderson, Nell (March 17, 1989). "$2 Billion Sought to Finish Metro". Washington Post. 
  133. ^ Henderson, Nell (May 5, 1989). "Area Officials on Hill Seek Full Metro Funding". Washington Post. 
  134. ^ Murray, Frank J.; Smith, John E. (March 28, 1990). "Bush Might Veto Bill to Complete Metrorail System". Washington Post. 
  135. ^ Henderson, Nell (March 29, 1990). "House Approves $2 Billion to Complete Metrorail System". Washington Post. 
  136. ^ a b Fehr, Stephen C. (October 26, 1990). "Agreement Pushes Metro Closer to the Finish Line". Washington Post. 
  137. ^ Fehr, Stephen C. (June 13, 1991). "Metro May Be Finished on Budget, Gunn Says". Washington Post. 
  138. ^ Keary, Jim (July 12, 1991). "Speedup Plan Proposed to Finish Metro By 2001". Washington Times. 
  139. ^ a b c Fehr, Stephen C. (July 12, 1991). "Metro Eyes End of Odyssey In Year 2001". Washington Post. 
  140. ^ Keary, Jim (July 26, 1991). "PG Puts Its Foot Down on Metro". Washington Times. 
  141. ^ Fehr, Stephen C. (August 20, 1991). "Local Money Woes May Jeopardize Metro's Last 13 Miles". Washington Post. 
  142. ^ Fehr, Stephen C. (November 8, 1991). "Metro Asks $20 Million For Projects". Washington Post. 
  143. ^ a b c Fehr, Stephen C. (November 22, 1991). "Metro Edges Toward Pact to Finish Rail Line". Washington Post. 
  144. ^ a b Henderson, Nell; Fehr, Stephen C. (December 22, 1989). "Metro Budget Includes 6 New Stations". Washington Post. 
  145. ^ a b Smith, John E. (December 22, 1989). "Metro Not Planning Fare Boost for 1990". Washington Times. 
  146. ^ Henderson, Nell (April 6, 1990). "Board Eyes Fare Rise For Metro". Washington Post. 
  147. ^ a b c d Henderson, Nell (May 12, 1990). "Green Line Opening Put Off Until Spring". Washington Post. 
  148. ^ a b c Keary, Jim (September 14, 1990). "Green Line Nears Completion". Washington Times. 
  149. ^ Fehr, Stephen C. (August 7, 1990). "Green Line Contractor Promises to Rebuild 2 Streets By May". Washington Post. 
  150. ^ Henderson, Nell (August 7, 1990). "Federal Report Cites Metro in Green Line Delay". Washington Post. 
  151. ^ a b Fehr, Stephen C. (December 14, 1990). "Metro Set For 'Drastic' Reductions". Washington Post. 
  152. ^ Keary, Jim (January 4, 1991). "Metro Wants $1 Fare, A Record 15-Cent Rise". Washington Times. 
  153. ^ Fehr, Stephen C. (January 4, 1991). "Metro Set to Raise Base Fare to $1". Washington Post. 
  154. ^ Fehr, Stephen C. (May 17, 1991). "Metro Board Imposes 18 Pct. Increase Over Two Years". Washington Post. 
  155. ^ Fehr, Stephen C. (May 5, 1991). "Going Was Tough, but Green Gets Going". Washington Post. 
  156. ^ a b c Fehr, Stephen C. (June 21, 1991). "D.C. Dumped Ash at Site Despite Metro's Plans". Washington Post. 
  157. ^ a b Keary, Jim (January 4, 1991). "Ashes Fill Path of Metro's Expansion". Washington Times. 
  158. ^ a b c d Fehr, Stephen C. (June 24, 1991). "Green Line Plan Makes SE See Red". Washington Post. 
  159. ^ Fehr, Stephen C. (December 6, 1991). "Metro Yellow, Green Lines To Change Service Sunday". Washington Post. 
  160. ^ Sisler, Peter F. (December 29, 1991). "New Green Line Stations Impress First-Time Riders". Washington Times. 
  161. ^ Sisler, Peter F. (January 10, 1992). "Two-car Trains Pulling Their Load for Metro". Washington Times. 
  162. ^ Sisler, Peter F. (January 24, 1992). "Bus Service, Work Force Cut in Proposed Metro Budget". Washington Times. 
  163. ^ Sisler, Peter F. (January 24, 1992). "Some in D.C. to Get Free Metro Rides". Washington Times. 
  164. ^ "Lake Artemesia Natural Area". Maryland-National Capital Park And Planning Commission. Retrieved June 3, 2011. 
  165. ^ Naylor, Janet (November 23, 1993). "Green Line Ready to Roll, to 4 Futuristic Stations". Washington Times ( 
  166. ^ Fehr, Stephen C. (September 23, 1995). "After 25 Years of Building, Metro Nears Finish Line". Washington Post ( 
  167. ^ Bell, Rudolph (September 24, 1995). "Metro Celebrates Breaking Ground For Final Leg in PG". Washington Times ( 
  168. ^ a b Siew, Walden (June 5, 1998). "Light at the End of the Tunnel". Washington Times ( 
  169. ^ Miller, Bill. "Residents Take Green Line Complaints to Court." Washington Post. April 18, 1998; Layton, Lyndsey. "Link to the Future." Washington Post. September 18, 1999; Layton, Lyndsey. "Metro Goes to New Heights." Washington Post. September 19, 1999.
  170. ^ Aizenman, Nurith C. "County Sees Green in Metro's Arrival." Washington Post. January 11, 2001; "Commuters Welcome Opening of Green Line Extension." Washington Times. January 13, 2001; Layton, Lyndsey. "All Metro Doors Now Open." Washington Post. January 14, 2001.
  171. ^ "Metro Media Guide" (PDF). Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. 2009. Retrieved May 20, 2009. 
  172. ^ "Metro - Community Outreach - Lunchtalk Online Chat". WMATA. March 6, 2009. Retrieved 2011-03-03. 
  173. ^ "Yellow Line to extend to Fort Totten; off-peak Red Line turn backs at Grosvenor to end." (Press release). Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. April 20, 2006. Retrieved 2007-03-22. 
  174. ^ "Rail Schedules -Weekday Evenings" (PDF). WMATA. Retrieved 2011-06-15. 
  175. ^ Schrag at p. 188.
  176. ^ Banks, p. 87; Edleson and Lindroth, p. 169; Labbé-DeBose, Theola. "Homicide Increases East of Anacostia." Washington Post. March 2, 2009.
  177. ^ Shaffer, Ron. "Car Theft Preys On Metro Rider's Peace of Mind." Washington Post. February 5, 1998.
  178. ^ Emerling, Gary. "Turf Wars Plague Charter Students." Washington Times. November 28, 2005.
  179. ^ "Regional Briefing." Washington Post. July 7, 2006.
  180. ^ a b c Sun, Lena H. "Metro Has A Lesson For Unruly Students." Washington Post. March 21, 2007.
  181. ^ Weil, Martin. "Teen Shot in Anacostia Station After Dispute." Washington Post. February 16, 2009.
  182. ^ Sun, Lena H. "Robberies On Metro Spike 17%." Washington Post. February 7, 2008.
  183. ^ The station has 808 all-day parking spaces. See: "Parking. Anacostia Station." 2011. Accessed 2011-06-14.
  184. ^ Sun, Lena H. "Most Crimes Occur At Ends of the Lines." Washington Post. April 19, 2008.
  185. ^ Sun, Lena H. "D.C. to Fund Cameras at High-Crime Metro Spots." Washington Post. July 11, 2008; "Where the Security Cameras Would Go." Washington Post. July 11, 2008.
  186. ^ Sun, Lena H. "Transit Police Look At Text-Messaging." Washington Post. September 14, 2008.
  187. ^ La Vigne, p. 163-164; Albanese, p. 172.
  188. ^ a b Sun, Lena H. "Robberies Spike in Metro System." Washington Post. June 23, 2009.
  189. ^ a b Alcindor, Yamiche. "Metro Steps Up Patrols After School at Troubled Spots." Washington Post. September 24, 2009.
  190. ^ Metro Washington D.C. Beltway (Map) (2000-2001 ed.). 1:38016. AAA. 2000. 
  191. ^ April 10, 2006.Washington Post.Paley, Amit R. "Plan For Metro to BWI Gaining Momentum."
  192. ^ McGowan, Phillip. "Fort Meade Proposes Metro Extension." The Baltimore Sun. June 9, 2005.
  193. ^ "Light Rail Map" (PDF). Maryland Transit Administration. Retrieved 2011-06-15. 


See also

A proposed extension from the line's Greenbelt terminus to Baltimore Washington International Airport has been studied.[191] This expansion, which would also serve the Laurel and Fort Meade areas of central Maryland,[192] would link the Washington Metro system to the Baltimore Light Rail of the Maryland Transit Administration.[193]


Station Code Opened Other Metro
Branch Avenue F11 2001 Southern terminus
Suitland F10 2001
Naylor Road F09 2001
Southern Avenue F08 2001
Congress Heights F07 2001
Anacostia F06 1991
Navy Yard – Ballpark F05 1991
Waterfront F04 1991
L'Enfant Plaza F03 1977 Yellow Line Orange Line Blue Line Silver Line Transfer station for the Blue, Orange, Yellow, and Silver Lines
Archives F02 1983 Yellow Line
Gallery Place F01 1976 Yellow Line Red Line transfer station for the Red Line
Mount Vernon Square E01 1991 Yellow Line Yellow Line terminates here during peak hours
Shaw – Howard University E02 1991 Yellow Line* *Off peak hours and Rush+ trains only.
U Street E03 1991 Yellow Line* *Off peak hours and Rush+ trains only.
Columbia Heights E04 1999 Yellow Line* *Off peak hours and Rush+ trains only.
Georgia Avenue – Petworth E05 1999 Yellow Line* *Off peak hours and Rush+ trains only.
Fort Totten E06 1993 Yellow Line* Red Line Transfer station for the Red and Yellow* Line.
*Off peak hours and Rush+ trains only.
West Hyattsville E07 1993 Yellow Line (rush only)
(rush only) Yellow Line
College Park – University of Maryland E09 1993 Yellow Line (rush only)
Greenbelt E10 1993 Yellow Line (rush only) Northern Terminus

The following stations are on the Green Line. They are listed from south to north.


Along with the Red Line, the Green Line is one of two Metro lines that does not enter Virginia.

The southern terminus of the Green Line is near the intersection of Branch Avenue (Maryland Route 5) and Auth Road just inside the Capital Beltway near Andrews Air Force Base. The route goes northwest through a park to join the right of way of the Suitland Parkway. It veers southeast along Southern Avenue and then north on 13th Street SE to rejoin Suitland Parkway. The Green Line crosses the Anacostia River and tunnels under the Washington Navy Yard and travels west under M Street SE. It then joins the Yellow Line in a tunnel under 7th Street SW. The tunnel bends west along Florida Avenue and U Street NW and then turns north under 14th Street NW. The tunnel turns northeast under New Hampshire Ave NW, and cut across Fort Totten Park where it intersects the Red Line. The Green Line runs east through the Fort Circle Parks and tunnels under Queens Chapel Road to emerge along the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad right of way to Greenbelt adjacent to the Capital Beltway.[190]

Greenbelt station, at the northern end of the Green line on the Washington Metro


Although historically Metro has had a significantly lower crime rate than any comparable transit system in the United States, crime on Metro as a whole was rising in the late 2000s.[187] Crime on the transit system began spiking in 2008 and 2009. Robbery rose by 30 percent to 581 incidents in 2008, and in the first four months of 2009 rose another 28.3 percent to 240 robberies.[188] Crime on the Green Line continued to be high: Gallery Place–Chinatown had the most robberies of any station throughout the Metro system, followed by Anacostia (25 percent fewer than Gallery Place) and L'Enfant Plaza (20 percent fewer than Anacostia).[188] Crime by juveniles (generally robbery, or assault) also continued to be a serious issue for Metro, with more than 260 juvenile arrests in the first nine months of 2009, and Metro Transit Police continued to engage in large numbers of high-visibility patrols.[189] Anacostia, Fort Totten, Gallery Place–Chinatown, L'Enfant Plaza, and Minnesota Avenue continued to be trouble spots, and Metro added Metro Center to the list in 2009.[189]

Crime continued to be a problem at the Anacostia Station late into the first decade of the 21st century. Assaults and shootings were more frequent at the station than at any other station in the transit system.[181] There were 32 robberies at the station in 2007.[182] Although Anacostia was one of the 10 Metro stations with the highest crime rate in 2007 (and the only such station on the list inside the District of Columbia), no auto thefts or auto break-ins[183] were reported at the station that year.[184] To help deter crime, Metro installed outdoor security cameras at all 10 high-crime Metrorail stations in July 2008.[185] In September 2008, Metro Transit Police stepped up their visibility and presence at all stations with high student ridership, including Anacostia.[186]

The police presence did not appear to help: between 2002 and 2006, arrests of juveniles on Metro increased to 295 from 156, and warnings increased 40 percent.[180] Nearly half the arrests occurred at just five stations: Anacostia, Fort Totten, Gallery Place–Chinatown, L'Enfant Plaza, and Minnesota Avenue—four of them on the Green Line.[180] Metro created a special unit to focus on juvenile crime on Metro, and established liaisons at all D.C. public schools to feed intelligence and information about pending problems to Metro's police division.[180]

In its first year of operation, Anacostia tied with the Capitol Heights station for the most auto thefts (17) at any Metro station, and accounted for 11.3 percent of all auto thefts at Metrorail stations.[177] By 2005, large crowds of Middle school and high school students began congregating at the Anacostia Station, brawling and robbing Metro riders and creating a public safety issue.[178] Metro Transit Police officers, some accompanied by dogs, began patrolling Anacostia, Gallery Place–Chinatown, L'Enfant Plaza, and three other Metro stations to increase awareness of police presence in the stations and deter crime.[179]

Since the 1980s, Southeast D.C. has been synonymous with crime and violence, and has one of the highest crime rates in the District of Columbia (albeit not the highest rates in all categories of crimes).[176] Concern about crime at the Anacostia, Congress Heights, and Southern Avenue stations has existed for many years, although statistics only partially support these concerns. Fear of crime was one of the reasons why, in 1991, Prince George's County residents fought bus route changes that would have forced riders to disembark at Anacostia Station.[42]


Internally, the Green Line is known as the Greenbelt Route (E) and the Branch Avenue Route (F), which meet at the center of the lower level platform of Gallery Place-Chinatown station (whose Remote Terminal Unit (RTU) code is F01, the first station on the Branch Avenue Route).[175]

In 2006, WMATA board member Jim Graham and D.C. Mayor Anthony A. Williams proposed re-extending Yellow Line service to Fort Totten or even to Greenbelt, which was the originally planned northern terminus for the line. Their proposal did not involve construction of any new track, because either extension would run along the same route as the existing Green Line and would thus relieve crowding on that line. Suburban members of the board initially resisted the proposal. Through a compromise that also increased service on the Red Line, on April 20, 2006 the WMATA board approved a Yellow Line extension to the Fort Totten station during off-peak hours. An 18-month pilot program began on December 31, 2006, at a cost of $5.75 million to the District of Columbia.[173] As of 2011, the off-peak service continues.[174]

After the branch north of Fort Totten opened, the Green Line Commuter Shortcut began as a six-month experiment on January 27, 1997, allowing passengers to get on a train on the Green Line segment during rush hours and travel as far as Farragut North on the Red Line without having to switch trains at Fort Totten; a transfer was needed during off-peak hours. This was accomplished by utilizing a single-track spur (B & E connection) between the Green and Red Lines near (and bypassing) Fort Totten station. This shortcut was so well-received that it was continued until September 17, 1999, when the mid-city portion of the Green Line was completed.[172]

Service on the Green Line tracks began on May 11, 1991 on three stations between U Street/African-American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo and Gallery Place–Chinatown. Initially, all trains through this section were run as Yellow Line trains terminating at Huntington. The Green Line formally began on December 28, 1991, with three stations south of L'Enfant Plaza to Anacostia. At this time, Yellow Line service north of Mount Vernon Square was discontinued and those stations were served only by the new Green Line. The four-station branch north of Fort Totten to Greenbelt opened on December 11, 1993. The two segments were connected on September 18, 1999, with two stations opening, and the last five stations south to Branch Avenue opened on January 13, 2001, completing the original 101-mile (163 km) Metrorail system.[171]


[170] The Green Line's final five stations opened on January 13, 2001.[169] The Green Line stations at

1993 extension

Construction of the Green Line near Berwyn Heights, Maryland resulted in the creation of Lake Artemesia. In 1976, WMATA removed sand and gravel needed for construction from open space adjacent to the Green Line. In exchange, WMATA paid to develop the area as a lake surrounded by a park.[164]

The Green Line from L'Enfant Plaza to Anacostia opened as scheduled on December 28, 1991.[159][160] Ridership expanded rapidly on the Green Line. In the first workweek of the year, more than 8,000 riders a day boarded at the three stations in Southeast D.C. (more than 5,000 of them at Anacostia), exceeding WMATA's estimates,[161] and nearly 10,000 riders were boarding each day at the three stations by the third week of January.[162][163]

Lake Artemesia was created when WMATA mined sand and gravel at this location to build the Green Line.

1991 extension

Maryland officials used the discovery to press yet again for realignment of the Green Line and abandonment of the planned stations at Congress Heights and Southern Avenue in favor of construction of the stations at Naylor Road, Suitland, and Branch Avenue.[139][158] The proposal led to public protests against the Maryland plan in Anacostia, and heated arguments on the WMATA board of directors.[139][158] In an initial report in June 1991, WMATA determined that ash posed no environmental risk,[158] although there were concerns that the level of pollutants would prevent any excavated material from being accepted by landfills in D.C., Maryland, or Virginia.[156] A final environmental report in November 1991 found that the ash was not hazardous, but would need to be removed at a cost of $1 million.[143]

Construction of the Green Line past Anacostia Station was complicated by the discovery of a potential toxic waste site in the path of the subway. In June 1991, WMATA discovered that the District of Columbia had dumped 426,000 tons[143] of possibly hazardous incinerator bottom ash in an unused exposed culvert along the subway's potential path near St. Elizabeth's Hospital between 1977 and 1989.[156][157] The city continued to dump the ash at the site for four years after it learned that WMATA planned to use the site for the Green Line.[156][157] Experts were concerned that the ash dump contained pockets of methane gas and soluble acid, which would make the site unusable by Metrorail.[158]

The cost of testing and operating the Green Line left WMATA struggling financially. These costs (along with costs associated with extending and operating the Blue Line to Van Dorn Street) forced WMATA to cut 335 jobs as well as supplies, travel, overtime, and temporary employee budgets.[151] Although ridership was projected to rise 3.8 percent to 260 million trips in the coming year,[152][153] the increased revenue was not expected to cover the costs of operating the new lines and stations.[151][154] Mount Vernon Square, Shaw–Howard University, and U Street–Cardozo stations opened on Saturday, May 11, 1991.[155]

Other problems

In August 1990, WMATA hired the Perini Corp. as the new contractor, and required the company to finish the job and rebuild the streets in the area, setting a new Green Line dedication of December 1991.[148][149] Federal monitors overseeing WMATA's spending, however, issued a report in August 1990 accusing WMATA of poor financial oversight of the project and blamed the transit agency for the delays and problems Mergentime/Perini confronted.[150] Mergentime/Perini sued WMATA, claiming that it was improperly dismissed from the project.[148]

The opening of the Green Line was significantly delayed, however, when in May 1990 WMATA fired the contractor building the Shaw–Howard University and U Street–Cardozo stations. Mergentime/Perini Joint Venture, the contractor working on the stations, had violated its contract with WMATA by reducing the workforce on the project, not meeting project deadlines, and permitting unsafe working conditions to persist.[147] Mergentime/Perini denied the accusations.[147][148] Although similar problems plagued Mergentime/Perini's work on the Navy Yard station, WMATA did not fire the joint venture company from that project.[147] WMATA said that the problems would delay the Green Line's opening until at least the late spring of 1991.[147]

Change of contractor

Opening delays

The first WMATA budget which contained funds for operating the Green Line was proposed in December 1989. The budget presumed a December 1, 1990, opening for the Mt. Vernon Square, Shaw–Howard University and U Street–Cardozo stations, and requested funds to test the soon-to-open Green Line from Gallery Place–Chinatown to the Anacostia Station.[144][145][146] The budget also projected that the Green Line from Gallery Place–Chinatown to the Anacostia Station would open in 1991, and that new Metrobus service will be added in Prince George's County to bring commuters to the new station.[144][145]

[143] The funding impasse was broken in November 1991 when local and state governments agreed to roughly triple their contribution to Metro's construction costs by 1994 to complete the entire system.[142] Funding for the remaining seven Green Line stations in the District and Prince George's remained in doubt as of August 1991, with District officials saying that it made sense to build the [140] Prince George's County officials threatened to block all further Metrorail construction unless they received guarantees that the stations in their county would be built.[139][138] WMATA also proposed spending money almost three times faster up-front to accelerate its construction schedule, a move which would be more than compensated for by savings in out-years.[137] By mid-1991, however, falling inflation had reduced WMATA's construction costs so much that the agency said it could build the two final Green Line stations in Prince George's County without asking Congress for additional money.

Beginning in 1989, WMATA sought funding to extend the Green Line beyond the Anacostia station and to operate the Green Line. Metro asked Congress to authorize $2.16 billion over 10 years to complete the 103-mile (166 km) system, as well as appropriate the remaining $193 million from the transit agency's original 1980 authorization to complete the Green Line from Anacostia to Bush administration opposed the request,[134] Congress provided $2.025 billion.[135][136] Only the stations at Suitland and Branch Avenue remained unfunded.[136]

Extension south of Anacostia

With the funds released, construction on the Green Line proceeded quickly. In November 1986, WMATA awarded a $36.2 million contract to Mergentime Corp. to build the Navy Yard Station.[128] A month later, WMATA awarded a $19.5 million contract to excavate a tunnel from the Navy Yard Station to the tunnels being built under the Anacostia River.[129] On March 23, 1986, the second of the two 2,450-foot (747.25 metre), concrete-lined tunnels under the Anacostia River was completed.[42][114] With the tunnels finished and other contracts awarded, WMATA announced yet another revised timeline for opening the Green Line in April 1987. The transit agency estimated that the [114] In January 1988, WMATA awarded a $179.1 million contract to build the Green Line from Fort Totten to Greenbelt, and a $6.9 million contract to complete the Waterfront station.[130] In December 1988, WMATA reaffirmed that the Waterfront, Navy Yard, and Anacostia stations would open in late 1991.[131]

College Park Station opened on December 11, 1993

Funding for construction of the Green Line was threatened again in 1986. WMATA needed $2 billion in construction funds, but Congress was threatening to cut WMATA's funding by up to 26 percent to $184.5 million a year for four years.[119] Congress approved $227 million for 1986 in December 1985,[120] but the Reagan administration said that it would cut off all funding thereafter.[121] WMATA appealed directly to President Reagan to release $400 million in funds already appropriated,[122] but administration officials said WMATA had more than enough money to complete the Green Line.[123][124] Prince George's County officials threatened to sue Metro as well as block all further construction spending in March 1985 unless WMATA agreed to use its existing funds to build the Green Line into their county.[125] WMATA officials reacted in June by stretching out construction of the Green Line and Anacostia station to 1991.[126] After lengthy negotiations (which included state and local guarantees to pay for cost overruns or funding shortfalls, penalties for defaults, and the imposition of two external financial monitors) and heavy pressure from Congress, Reagan administration officials released the $400 million on July 16, 1986.[127]


The completion date for the two tunnels was estimated at late 1987.[41] WMATA engineers also inspected the mothballed Waterfront Station[42] and found it to be still structurally sound (although water needed to be pumped from the station).[41][99] However, some repairs to the tunnel between L'Enfant Plaza and Waterfront needed to be made.[115] Construction of the tunnel from Waterfront to Navy Yard was set to begin in September 1985, construction of the Navy Yard station in early 1986, and linkage with the Anacostia River tunnels shortly thereafter.[41] The two new Green Line stations were expected to open in 1990.[41] In October 1985, WMATA awarded the $24.9 million contract to excavate the tunnel between the Waterfront and Navy Yard stations to Harrison Western Corp.[116] WMATA's board awarded a $41.5 million contract for the construction of the Anacostia Station to Kiewit Construction Co. in June 1985, and said the station would open in 1990.[117] Ground was broken at the site on September 21, 1985.[118]

Waterfront Metro station was mothballed during the construction controversy over the Green Line.

Construction on the line started in 1985. [114]

Funding for Green Line construction fell into place in 1985. Pressured by the previous year's Congressional action, the Reagan administration sought to provide WMATA with $250 million a year for four years to expand the system to 89.5 miles (144.0 km), a plan which would not fund construction of the system beyond the proposed Southern Avenue Station.[112][113]


The debate over the route for the remainder of the Green Line was finally resolved in December 1984. Residents and D.C. government officials asked WMATA to build stations at Congress Heights and Southern Avenue in order to promote economic development and provide service to St. Elizabeths Hospital and Greater Southeast Community Hospital.[109][110] In December 1984, WMATA's Board of Directors agreed to return the Green Line to its original route, and build the Congress Heights and Southern Avenue stations.[106][107] The U.S. district court approved WMATA's decision and dissolved its March 1982 injunction, which had barred construction of the $483 million southern Green Line (now estimated to cost $132 million more than the Rosecroft route).[111]

Construction of the Green Line south from L'Enfant Plaza began in July 1984 when WMATA issued a call for bids to tunnel under the Anacostia River.[104] The firm of Harrison Western/Franki-Denys (a joint venture) was awarded the $25.6 million contract, with construction to begin in December 1984.[105] WMATA delayed awarding the contract after American anti-apartheid activists alleged that a Belgian company with a minority financial interest in Franki-Denys did business with the racist white-led government of South Africa, but after the links were discovered to be extremely minor the contract was awarded.[106][107][108]



By January 24, the number had risen to more than 30,600 per day—three times as many as originally estimated.[102] Angry commuters using the Anacostia, Navy Yard, and Waterfront stations peppered the transit agency with complaints.[103] WMATA claimed that a number of factors contributed to the ridership crunch: the system was experiencing record ridership; two-year-old ridership projections were used; the five stations were opened two months ahead of schedule; the five new stations were opened two months before new rail cars were ready for service; and WMATA offered free parking at the Green Line stations, which drew 12,000 rather than 4,000 riders to the line.[102]

The December 2000 opening of the final five Green Line stations (Branch Avenue, Suitland, Naylor Road, Southern Avenue, and Congress Heights) significantly worsened overcrowding and service problems on the Green Line. The five new stations added almost 20,000 new riders a day, overwhelming station platforms, jamming trains to capacity, and forcing many riders at Anacostia and other stations up the line to wait as train after train passed them filled.[103] Metro had estimated that 18,000 riders a day would board from these stations by June 2001.[103] That estimate was exceeded by 2,000 riders a day on the second day the stations were open.[103]

Metro finally ordered new rail cars, but the first of the cars were not due to be delivered until February 2001.[102]

Even though significant numbers of bus riders in Anacostia had switched to Metrorail by February 1992, WMATA nonetheless began running two- rather than four-car trains on the Green Line on Sundays and during slow periods in order to close a revenue shortfall.[92]

Metro also encountered significant problems estimating the number of riders who would board the system at the Anacostia and other Green Line stations. In June 1991, WMATA estimated that just over 15,000 riders on average would board at the Waterfront, Navy Yard, and Anacostia stations.[98] In December 1991, when the Anacostia Station opened, Metro had revised that number to 30,700 riders per day (by June 1992).[99][100] Just a week later, Metro dropped that estimate to only 28,000 riders a day (by June 1992).[101]

WMATA first became aware of a rail car shortage in 1988. Generally, rail cars were ready for service three to four years after WMATA signed a contract for their purchase.[94] Metrorail also suffered from internal squabbling over rail car design, and rail car production had historically been plagued by poor quality and labor strikes—both of which also added to construction delays.[94] Although WMATA knew in 1988 that it needed at least 98 new rail cars to provide adequate service to the new stations to be added on the Green Line and other lines by 1993, WMATA did not place an order for the cars.[94] By September 1990, WMATA was also confronting more frequent breakdowns in its existing, aging rail car fleet, which heightened the urgency to buy more cars.[95] Officials estimated that the rail car shortage would become critical when the Anacostia Station opened.[95][96] When the Van Dorn Street Station opened in June 1991, Metro was forced to run trains every 12 minutes during rush hour rather than every 8 due to the rail car shortage.[96][97] Eventually, crowding was addressed when additional cars became available by running 8-car trains.

Rail car shortage

Two months after the Anacostia Station opened, WMATA said that a study of bus and rail ridership showed that the unaltered bus routes were costing the transit agency $200,000 a month in lost rail fares.[92] To make up the lost revenue, WMATA said that it would run only two-car trains (the shortest on the system) on the Green Line during slow periods weekdays and evenings and on Sundays beginning in June 1992.[92] In November 1992, WMATA reported that ridership at the Anacostia Station was (on average) 7,500 riders a day, 700 below estimates.[93] WMATA admitted that although riders had made the switch from bus to rail, the lower ridership numbers were due to the recession and not because of continuing downtown bus service in the area.[93] Metro said ridership on buses in the neighborhood was down significantly, and the transit agency reduced the number of buses on some routes to avoid having empty buses.[93]

Fare loss

Prince George's County, meanwhile, announced that its county-run buses ("The Bus") would not run to Anacostia Station as previously promised, drawing outrage from D.C.'s representatives on Metro's board.[82] The District of Columbia had spent more than $20 million adding bus bays at the station to accommodate The Bus arrivals.[82]

Calls for a boycott increased in mid-September.[85][86] On September 16, 1991, declaring that the city paid "40 percent of the Metro subsidy, but we're the last to get service," Mayor Dixon threatened to withhold the District's payment to Metro unless the bus changes were rescinded.[87] Metro officials were angered by Dixon's statement, saying that District officials had been involved in the bus route planning process for months.[88] Mayor Dixon proposed on September 20 that Metro continue to use the Anacostia Station as a hub, but also continue bus service into downtown D.C.[89] The plan (estimated to cost less than $500,000 a year) would require residents to transfer at Anacostia Station but would not raise the total fare to more than $1.[89] A month later, Metro's board of directors unanimously agreed to accept Dixon's plan, and cancelled all planned route changes in the District of Columbia and Prince George's County.[82][90] The cost of operating the bus routes totaled $2.5 million annually.[90] The compromise led residents to call off their boycott of Metrobus.[91]

Extensive bus bays (depicted) were added to the Anacostia station to accommodate Prince George's County buses that never serviced the station.

District residents protested the route cuts with a [77] Worried about the impact of the cuts as well as a possible bus boycott, D.C. Mayor Sharon Pratt Dixon announced on September 11, 1991, that she would seek an alternative to the changes proposed by WMATA.[83] Suburban commuters were angry that Metro would keep the bus routes open in Anacostia (at an estimated cost of $4 million) when their bus service had been cut at the time Metrorail stations opened in their areas;[84][85] D.C. residents countered that poor African American District citizens could ill afford the same transit changes and fare increases that wealthy, white suburbanites were asked to absorb.[84]

Protests and boycott

Many of the new routes terminated at the Anacostia Station rather than continue into downtown Washington, as they once had.[78][79] WMATA officials admitted that fares for most Anacostia residents would rise an average of 50 percent,[74][78] and that Anacostia residents would be forced to pay more and travel farther to access the services (such as doctors) and shopping that most District residents can readily access.[74] To help mediate the impact of the total fare increase on Anacostia residents, WMATA reduced basic bus fares for many routes in the area from $1 to 35 cents.[78]

Like all Metrorail stations, the Anacostia station was intended to be a major hub for Metrobus service in its area.[74] But with the Anacostia neighborhood being the poorest[74] and most transit-dependent area in the District of Columbia, changes to bus routes in the area proved highly controversial. As the opening of the Green Line to Anacostia neared, WMATA proposed halving the number of bus routes traveling between Anacostia and the National Archives Building downtown—forcing riders to take the more expensive Metrorail and requiring many riders to walk several blocks to their destination (rather than the "virtually door-to-door service" they then enjoyed).[75] A total of 25 routes were changed, affecting more than 80,000 riders.[76][77]

Bus controversy

Metro also began new political efforts to secure funding to complete the transit system. Initially, Reagan administration officials balked at this plan, reiterating that they would not permit Metro to build more than 76.4 miles (123.0 km)of subway.[70] But in June, House and Senate committees passed legislation requiring the Reagan administration to release all funds appropriated for Metro, putting pressure on the administration to rescind its 76.4-mile (123.0 km) limit.[71][72][73]

Just four days later, Metro, D.C. and Prince George's County officials, and advocates of both the Branch Avenue and Rosecroft routes reached an agreement to begin construction of the Green Line from L'Enfant Plaza to Anacostia, pending resolution of the line's final route by December 6, 1984.[64][66] The agreement called for construction of the Green Line to Waterfront Station in the summer, siting of the tunnel under the Anacostia River by June 28, and the holding of public hearings on the remaining route between July 18 and August 3.[66][67] The U.S. federal district court approved the agreement on March 7.[65] Following the ruling, Metro announced that it would build the Anacostia Station on Howard Road between Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue SE and the Anacostia Freeway, as well as a new Metro station at the Washington Navy Yard, and would open the Green Line by 1990.[65] Metro asked and won approval from the court to build the Navy Yard and Anacostia stations and the tunnel in June 1984.[68][69]

[63] Advocates of the Rosecroft route, however, warned that they would sue if Metro switched back to the original route.[65][64][63] At the same time, Metro and Coleman opened negotiations to build the Green Line from the L'Enfant Plaza Station to Anacostia.[63] In 1984, Metro undertook two steps to secure completion of the Green Line. First, the transit agency hired former U.S. Secretary of Transportation

William T. Coleman, civil rights attorney and former Ford administration Cabinet official, helped break the funding impasse.

Resolution of controversies

Frustrated by funding constraints and the court injunction, in December 1983 Metro released a proposed "final" system map that showed the Green Line terminating at the Anacostia and Mount Vernon Square stations.[61]

As Metro struggled to secure construction funding for the Green Line and Anacostia station, it also struggled to lift the district court's injunction on Green Line construction. Metro asked the court to allow construction of the Navy Yard, Anacostia, and Congress Heights stations pending a decision on the Green Line route in Prince George's County, but the court refused.[57] Judge Ramsey said that Metro's public hearing process was biased and "inadequate".[58] Even as the court refused to let Green Line construction in Anacostia begin, more than 23,000 Anacostia residents signed a public petition demanding that the line be built.[58] Metro declined to appeal Judge Ramsey's latest ruling,[59] and the Prince George's County Council voted to reverse its earlier decision and support the original Green Line route to Branch Avenue.[60]

Anacostia terminus

Cuts in federal construction funds for Metro again delayed construction. Metro announced in December 1982 that service on the line would not cross the Anacostia River until late 1989 at the earliest.[53] The federal contribution to Metro's construction fund was lowered to $44 million from $95 million for fiscal 1983, and Metro said that it would divert most of that money to dig tunnels from the Gallery Place Station to the Mount Vernon Square station.[53] In February 1983, the Reagan administration proposed cutting Metro's construction budget by $145 million to $230 million, which Metro said would push the opening of the Green Line to 1991.[54][55] Metro, for the first time in its history, formally announced that (absent full construction funding) it could not build the Green Line, the Red Line from Wheaton to Glenmont, or the Yellow Line from Franconia-Springfield to King Street – Old Town.[56]

Metro officials considered shifting construction funds from the southern Green Line to the northern Green Line in order to start construction on that end of the line,[10] but the D.C. City Council opposed this shift.[50] Metro held the court-ordered hearings in June 1982, at which Prince George's residents argued that they had voted for Metro's 1968 bond issue based on the original Green Line route.[15] Metro promised attendees at the hearing that agency staff would study the Green Line route and issue a report recommending a route, after which construction on the Anacostia River tunnel would begin.[15] The site of the tunnel thus became an issue, with some residents arguing for a tunnel from the Navy Yard under Anacostia Park to Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue SE, while others wanted the tunnel to take a more northerly route alongside the 11th Street Bridges to Good Hope Road SE.[15] In October 1982, Metro estimated that opening of the Green Line to Anacostia would happen in the "late 1980s",[51] and in November a Metro staff report recommended construction of the Rosecroft Raceway route.[52]

Funding problems delayed construction even further. In February 1982, President Ronald Reagan proposed cutting Metro construction funds by 21.4 percent to just $295 million a year.[16] Planned Green Line construction constituted 40.5 percent of Metro's construction budget, and the cuts threatened to cancel the entire Green Line.[10][16] To African American community leaders, the cuts were evidence that Metrorail was meant for suburban white commuters while inner city African Americans were relegated to taking Metrobus.[16] Despite the funding troubles, Metro planned to seek contractors in March 1982 for a $60 million contract to tunnel under the Anacostia River, a $60 million contract to build the Anacostia Station, and a $100 million contract to build the Navy Yard Station.[10] But on March 16, 1982, Judge Ramsey barred Metro from spending any money on the construction of the Rosecroft Raceway route for the southern half of the Green Line.[10] Judge Ramsey held that Metro had decided to shift the Green Line route without properly advertising the public hearings, which the transit system would now be required to hold (delaying construction of the Green Line and Anacostia Station by at least a year).[10] Although Metro had advertised the hearings, Judge Ramsey said, the advertisements contained the same wording flaws that had precipitated the Maryland lawsuit.[10] Metro subsequently scheduled new hearings for June 1982.[10]


Metro held its long-awaited hearings over the Green Line's route in October 1981, but only in Prince George's County (not the District).[10] A month later, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals turned down Metro's appeal.[10][15] Metro subsequently estimated on December 9, 1981, that the Green Line would reach Anacostia in late 1989.[49]

[48] Metro agreed a month later to the plan, with the proviso that $90 million per year would be spent to begin work on the inner-city portion of the Green Line (the Gallery Place, Waterfront, and Navy Yard stations).[47] Prince George's County officials continued to worry that cutbacks in federal funding for mass transit might lead to the cancellation of the four proposed stations (

[46] In May 1981, Metro changed its estimate for the opening of the Green Line to Anacostia to early 1988.[45] Shortly thereafter, the civil rights office in the U.S. Department of Transportation sent a letter to Metro warning that the Rosecroft Raceway route could negatively impact two historically black communities nearby.[45] Controversies regarding the siting of the Green Line continued. In May 1980, a group of business owners near the former proposed terminus at Branch Avenue and Auth Road near


The District of Columbia government responded by threatening to veto any further Metro subway construction unless construction of the Green Line was made Metro's highest priority.[39] Twenty-four hours of intense discussions later, Metro agreed to the District government's wishes.[40] Construction began on the Waterfront Station, and the station was largely complete by January 1981.[41] Once complete, the station was used for storage.[42] By December 1980, Metro was still predicting that the Green Line to Anacostia would open in July 1986.[39] But in January 1981, Metro admitted that the line would not open until at least 1990 because of funding constraints.[43] Two months later, Metro estimated the cost of building the Green Line from U Street NW to Anacostia at $175 million.[44]

In October 1980, The Washington Post ran a major article asking "What Ever Happened to the Green Line?" in which the newspaper concluded: "The 18.86-mile Green Line, which some argue should have been the first built because it would serve the most disadvantaged sections of the Washington area, is last on the construction list and threatened with extinction."[38] The article confirmed that funds were in place and contracts signed to complete the Green Line to the proposed Anacostia Station at Howard Road SE and Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue SE, but that repeated local opposition in Maryland to the line's actual location had forced planners to delay final siting of the line inside the District of Columbia.[38] Additionally, Maryland businessmen argued that the switch of the terminus from Branch Avenue to Rosecroft Raceway had economically harmed them, and they filed a suit in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland demanding a halt to construction of the Green Line until the line's route could be again reconsidered.[38]

Funding troubles delayed construction even further. In March 1980, Maryland officials worried that high inflation would leave Metro without enough funds to complete the Green Line, forcing Maryland to pay these construction costs alone.[35] These fears were confirmed in part in September 1980 when Metro announced that inflation had created a $16 million shortfall in its $271 million budget.[36] By now, Anacostia residents were increasingly angry at the repeated delays in building the Green Line. In September 1980, D.C. City Council member Jerry A. Moore, Jr. delivered a petition containing 1,000 signatures from Anacostia residents demanding that construction on the Green Line be sped up.[37]

1980 troubles and near-cancellation

Even as Metro officially designated Rosecroft Raceway as the Green Line's southern terminus,[33] more than half of Prince George's County's representatives in the Maryland state legislature asked Governor Harry Hughes to review the proposed route after allegations of improper political pressure regarding the 1978 route decision surfaced.[34] Metro officials proceeded anyway in March 1984 with Green Line design and planning, and moved the line's completion date up to late 1986.[33]

In December 1978, Metro announced that the new completion date of the Green Line past the Anacostia Station to Rosecroft Raceway would be 1987 (a year later than anticipated).[29] Metro also announced that cost considerations had forced it to abandon the high-vault ceiling design for all unbuilt stations (except Navy Yard), and that a less-costly design would be used at all unbuilt Green Line stations.[29] By July 1979, despite the release of billions of dollars in construction funds by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Metro had pushed back the construction of the Anacostia Station to mid-1985 and the completion of the Branch Avenue Line to late 1986.[30] But construction schedules continued to slip: despite reaffirming its construction schedules in December 1979,[31] Metro announced in January 1980 that completion of the Green Line terminus in Prince George's County would be pushed back six more months to 1987.[32]

Naylor Road Station in Prince George's County, MD

Legal and funding battles

Two additional realignments occurred at the north end of the Green Line, but with less acrimony. North of Columbia Heights (the tunnels were stacked).

[28] Nonetheless, Metro reiterated that it intended to complete the extension to Anacostia Station by late 1983.[28] WMATA announced in November 1978 that it had secured funding to build the Green Line from Gallery Place to Waterfront and that construction was nearly complete on this portion of the line, but that funding did not exist to push the line from Waterfront to Anacostia.[27] stations.Anacostia, and Navy Yard – Ballpark, Waterfront, Archives In August 1978, WMATA's Board of Directors recommended to the federal government and its partner state and local governments that the entire 100-mile (160 km)-long (160.9 kilometres) Metrorail system be fully built—a proposal that included immediate construction of the [26][25]

This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.