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New Carrollton (Washington Metro)

 

New Carrollton (Washington Metro)

New Carrollton
Amtrak station
MARC commuter rail station
Washington Metro rapid transit station
Station statistics
Address 4700 Garden City Drive (Metro)
4300 Garden City Drive (Amtrak)
New Carrollton, MD 20785
Coordinates

38°56′53″N 76°52′19″W / 38.9480°N 76.8719°W / 38.9480; -76.8719Coordinates: 38°56′53″N 76°52′19″W / 38.9480°N 76.8719°W / 38.9480; -76.8719

Line(s)

Metro: MARC:

Amtrak:

Connections Metrobus:84, 88, B21, B22, B24, B25, B27, B29, B31, C28, F4 ,F6, F12, F13, F14,G12, G13, G14, G16, T18
MTA Maryland Commuter Bus
TheBus: 16, 21, 21X
Greyhound
Platforms 2 island platforms (1 for each service)
Tracks 2 (Washington Metro)
3 (Amtrak/MARC)
Parking 3,519 spaces
Bicycle facilities 18 racks, 16 lockers (Metro)
Other information
Opened January 16, 1969 (Metroliner)(Capital Beltway)
November 20, 1978 (Metro)(New Carrollton)
Accessible
Station code NCR (Amtrak)
D13 (Metro)
Owned by Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Amtrak
Traffic
Passengers (2012)174,054[1] Increase 1.4% (Amtrak)
Services
Preceding station   WMATA Metro Logo.svg Washington Metro   Following station
toward Vienna
Orange Line Terminus
MARC
Terminus
Penn Line
toward Perryville
Amtrak
toward Norfolk, Newport News or Lynchburg
Northeast Regional
toward Boston South Station or Springfield
Terminus
Vermonter
toward St. Albans

New Carrollton rail station is a joint Washington Metro, MARC, and Amtrak station in New Carrollton, Prince George's County, Maryland at the eastern end of the Orange Line and planned Purple Line, and adjacent to the Capital Beltway.

Beneath the Metro station platform, a waiting room serves Amtrak's Northeast Regional and Vermonter trains, as well as MARC's Penn Line trains. The New Carrollton Rail Yard is nearby.

Greyhound, a nationwide intercity bus company, also stops at the station on routes serving Richmond, Virginia, Washington, Philadelphia, New York City, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and points beyond.[2]

History

The New Carrollton station is the third station in the area to serve intercity rail traffic.

The first station, Lanham, 0.75 miles (1.21 km) north of the current station, consisted of a small shelter and an asphalt platform served by a few Penn Central trains.[3]


The second station, Capital Beltway Station, sat just inside the Capital Beltway. Opened on January 16, 1969, it was served by Penn Central (later Amtrak) Metroliners.[3][4]

On November 20, 1978, Washington Metro opened its New Carrollton station[5][6] — along with the Cheverly, Deanwood, Landover and Minnesota Avenue stations[5][6] — marking the completion of 7.4 miles (11.9 km) of Metro track northeast from the Stadium–Armory station.[7]

In the early 1980s, the state of Maryland took over commuter rail from Conrail (the successor to the Penn Central). The newly renamed MARC service was moved to Capital Beltway Station and Lanham station was abandoned. In 1983, Amtrak and MARC shifted service to the New Carrollton station, using a new island platform next to the existing Washington Metro platform.[8]

The platforms of Capital Beltway were eventually demolished, although as of 2010 the concrete cap over the stairs that led to one of the platforms was still visible. The former station building off Cobb Road is now used by the Maryland DOT and the station's parking lot is used for road maintenance vehicles.[3][4][9]

Station layout

At New Carrollton, the Northeast Corridor consists of three tracks. The westernmost two tracks (Tracks 2 and 3) have an island platform between them, with Track 1 having no platform. To the east of the Amtrak platform is the Metro platform, serving the Orange Line. Bus loops and parking lots are located on both sides of the rail line.

The station has entrances at Harkins Road and Ellin Road, and Garden City Drive near US Route 50, and Exit 19 on Interstate 495. This station is planned to be one of the Metro stations on the Purple Line Light Rail route, formerly known as the Bi-County Transitway.

Platform level Westbound ← toward Vienna (Landover)
Island platform, Doors will open on the left
Eastbound Alighting passengers only →
Amtrak platforms
Mezzanine Fare control, station agent
Street Level Exit/ Entrance

Plans

Long term plans for New Carrollton Station include adding a second island platform (providing access to Track 1) and adding a fourth track.[10]

References

External links

  • Amtrak – Stations – New Carrollton, MD
  • WMATA: New Carrollton Station
  • StationMasters Online: New Carrollton Station
  • The Schumin Web Transit Center: New Carrollton Station
  • USA Rail Guide: New Carrollton Amtrak-MARC-Washington Metro Station
  • Ellin Road entrance from Google Maps Street View
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