On Tuesday, we featured the ninety-fourth challenge to see how well you knew the Metro system. Here are the answers. How’d you do?
This week, we got 43 guesses. 30 got all five.
Normally when we get so many perfect scores, we don’t list everyone. But this week it feels like people could use some positive energy, so here goes. Great work, TWillis, kevinfly, hopscans, Steven Yates, PLKDC, MZEBE, Wizfan, JessMan, MtPDC, Stephen C, Solomon, Andy L, JamesDCane, Transport., lioki, Yes2Kwasi, bsl35, DM, Justin…, Robb, Kevin M, Peter K, J-Train-21, Adam H, AlexC, Ampersand, dpod, ArlFfx, We Will Crush Peter K, and Peter K is a nice guy, don’t be hatin’ on him!
The first image shows the sales office at Metro Center, near the south entrance to the station. This office will be closing permanently on November 15 as part of Metro’s budget cutting. Whether the structure will be removed, I don’t know. The sales office is itself fairly distinctive, but other clues included the broadness of the vault (the Blue/Orange/Silver platform below is wider than at typical stations) and the lamps on the far wall, part of an art installation.
40 guessed correctly.
The second image shows the sunset viewed from the Cheverly station mezzanine. You can tell from the photo that this is one of Metro’s few side platform stations. Since it’s outdoor, that limits the possibilities to just three stations. One of the clues here is the transmission line visible at left.
These structures stand above the CSX Landover Subdivision, which used to be part of the electrified Pennsylvania Railroad freight bypass of the city. The catenary has been removed, since the line no longer uses electric locomotives. But the overhead lines still carry power to the Amtrak Northeast Corridor, which is located on the other side of the station, out of frame to the right.
36 got it right.
The third image shows a sign outside Arlington Cemetery station. This station is only open to serve the cemetery, so when the cemetery is closed, the station closes. Since the cemetery has different hours in the winter months, so does the station. One other clue is barely visible: the platform elevators are screened by tall hedges, but you can just see them peeking out.
41 knew the right answer.
The fourth image shows a closed entrance to Pentagon City station. This entrance leaves the station directly across from the mezzanine entrance and tunnels under Hayes Street to the northeast corner of the intersection with 12th Street. The entrance has been closed for years, but I’ve heard Arlington plans to reopen the entrance in the near future.
The station’s southeast entrance and street elevator are also visible here. 33 got the answer correct.
The final image shows the eastern escalator and platform elevator at Tenleytown station. The station is not directly under Wisconsin Avenue here. Instead, it’s angled to make the curve into Yuma Street less sharp. Tenleytown is the only Arch I station to have a direct street-to-platform elevator, with a faregate on the platform. Because the station is angled, the elevator is also. The back wall of the elevator (left from this vantage point) is even with and parallel to the south wall of the station, so that should give you a sense of where the station sits relative to Wisconsin Avenue.
The angled elevator was certainly the primary clue here, as was the canopy-free escalator entrance. Some of you also recognized the awnings for Panera to the left.
37 came to the correct conclusion. Great work!
Thanks for playing! We’ll be back in two weeks with our next quiz.