On Tuesday, we featured the ninety-sixth challenge to see how well you knew the Metro system. Here are the answers. How’d you do?
This week, we got 28 guesses. 14 got all five. Great work AlexC, Peter K, JamesDCane, ArlFfx, Sunny, dpod, Solomon, J-Train-21, Stephen C, Andy L, Bryce L, PeoplesRepublicSoldier, Peter K is a nice guy don’t be hatin’ on him, and We Will Crush Peter K!
Image 1: Huntington
Turns out that whichWMATA is for lovers, just like the state where all of these stations are located. The six of you who identified the theme are clearly the biggest transit lovers of all.
The first image shows the northern bus loop at Huntington station. This entrance to the station is beneath the aerial structure carrying the Yellow Line towards Eisenhower Avenue, and is fairly distinctive. All but two people guessed correctly, and the two incorrect guesses were Eisenhower Avenue. But you can see that the tracks here are separated approaching the island platform. At Eisenhower Avenue, the tracks are side-by-side, with platforms on either side of the tracks.
26 guessed correctly.
Image 2: National Airport
The second image shows the view of the southern portion of National Airport station, viewed from the upper level terminal roadway. The main clue is the setting of the station. It could be interpreted as a median station, given the roadway in the foreground. However, none of Metro’s median stations have a “Gull I” canopy.
27 got the right answer.
Image 3: Dunn Loring
The third image shows covered bike parking at Dunn Loring station, installed as part of TOD redevelopment near the station. Most of you probably figured this one out by noting the highway signs visible through the trees. These guide signs include a digital screen to display toll information for the I-495 Express Lanes, so this has to be one of the stations near the interchange with I-66 and the Beltway. The yellow tab also signifies the left exit for the Express Lanes, which is an additional clue.
Other guesses included West Falls Church and Vienna, but it can’t be either because of the orientation of the station. At West Falls Church, the only entrance above the level of the highway is to the south. But from that perspective, the station would extend to the left. Here, you can see the western end of Dunn Loring, which stretches to the right.
Vienna would have a perspective like this from the northern side entrance, but there’s no highway sign in the vicinity. I-66 is also a bit wider at Vienna because of the collector-distributor lanes for Nutley Street.
Only Dunn Loring fits the bill, as 22 of you figured out.
Image 4: Greensboro
The fourth picture shows a view of Greensboro station on opening day. The architecture is clearly indicative of one of the new Silver Line stations, with the vaulted ceiling here making it one of the three “Gambrel” stations. The presence of the nearby office buildings from this perspective eliminates Wiehle Avenue. And at Tysons Corner, different buildings would be visible.
25 gave the correct answer.
Image 5: Vienna
The final image shows a view looking through the Vienna station from the north end of the station bridge. The three stations at the end of the Orange Line each have a bridge with a design similar to this one. But there’s a key difference here. At Vienna, there are two bridges, one to each side of I-66. So it makes for a particularly long view through the station from either end.
But the other important difference is that at West Falls Church and Dunn Loring, the bridge only spans one side of I-66, ending at the station’s mezzanine, which means you can’t look through the station, like here. At those stations, the mezzanine would be visible as the end of the bridge.
16 came to the correct conclusion.
Thanks for playing! We’ll be back in two weeks (December 20) with our final quiz of 2016.