Thirteen months ago, we started a very popular series on the blog: whichWMATA. Over the last 50 weeks, we’ve featured 250 images from 83 stations.

Our first set of images ran on April 14 of last year, and we followed up with our first retrospective in October.

We’ve featured Gallery Place nine times. That’s more

than any other station except L’Enfant Plaza.

In the last retrospective, I reflected that Metro’s uniformity often made it difficult to find subject matter. In fact, somewhat prophetically, I said:

In Atlanta, for example, I could take a picture of blue glazed platform tiles and it could only be Garnett. But here, if I take a picture of the floor tiles, you can only narrow it down to 80 or so stations.

For our April Fools’ series this year, the episode from week 45 was a bit harder than a usual whichWMATA.

A floor tile from week 45.

Over the past few months, we’ve also had a few themed rounds, including shapes (week 40), colors (week 43), and the original five stations in the system (week 44). While themed weeks are fun, they’re also a bit harder to put together, so I can’t do them every week.

Rest assured, there are more themed weeks in the works. But in many cases, I have to actually visit stations (often far-flung) and collect photos first.

Pentagon City from week 40.

Of course, I’ve had help. Since our last retrospective, we’ve run several sets of photos submitted by readers. In week 33, I used five fantastic photos from thisisjamesj. Not to be outdone, reigning champion Peter K submitted photos that we used in week 38, week 41, and week 46.

If any of you ever want to try your hand, feel free to submit photos to

Gallery Place from week 33. Photo by thisisjamesj.

It’s hard to maintain a balance because many stations are far away, so I don’t have as many chances to get to them to collect photos. I do have a few photos from almost every station, but it’s definitely a slog to collect more.

Even so, the featured photos have been fairly even between Maryland and Virginia, with 28% and 29% of the share, respectively. Photos from DC make up 43% of the featured images.

In terms of line distribution, the Orange, Blue, Green, and Yellow lines are roughly tied at 15-16% each. The Silver Line, which opened after the series started, comes in at 13%. With 23%, the Red Line comprises the largest set of photos.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the series. I plan to keep it going for the foreseeable future.

As always, good luck! Thanks for playing!

Matt Johnson has lived in the Washington area since 2007. He has a Master’s in Planning from the University of Maryland and a BS in Public Policy from Georgia Tech. He lives in Dupont Circle. He’s a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, and is an employee of the Montgomery County Department of Transportation. His views are his own and do not represent those of his employer.