Washington Metro station
|Location||300 Garrett Morgan Boulevard, Landover, Maryland|
|Owned by||Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority|
|Platforms||1 island platform|
|Connections||TheBus: 22, 24, 26|
|Bicycle facilities||9 racks, 40 lockers|
|Opened||December 18, 2004|
|Previous names||Summerfield (while under construction)|
|2017||2,881 daily 63.97%|
Morgan Boulevard is an island-platformed Washington Metro station in Summerfield census-designated place, Prince George’s County, Maryland, United States, with a Landover postal address. The station was opened on December 18, 2004, and is operated by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). It provides service for the Blue and Silver Lines.
Facilities and nearby landmarks
The station is located on Garrett Morgan Boulevard, one mile from FedExField, home to the Washington Commanders. The stadium is about a 20 minute walk from the station.
This is one of the few stations not served by Metrobus. The Prince George’s County bus system, called simply TheBus, serves this station. The platform at this station is wider than others and the station features double the number of faregates of similar stations because of the large volumes of passengers using it before and after football games. For commuters, there is a day care facility at the station.
In October 1996, the proposed routing for the extension of the Blue Line to Largo received a favorable environmental impact statement thus allowing for the project to move forward. The plan represented the first expansion to the original 103-mile (166 km) Metro network and would include both the then named Summerfield and Largo stations. The station gained approval from Congress as part of the extension in February 2000 with the federal government contributing $259 million towards its construction.
Construction began in 2001, and by 2002 its name was changed to Morgan Boulevard as a result of the Prince George’s County Board changing the name of the street from Summerfield Boulevard to Morgan Boulevard in memory of the African-American inventor Garrett Morgan. The station opened on December 18, 2004. Its opening coincided with the completion of 3.2 miles (5.1 km) of rail east of the Addison Road station and the opening of the Largo Town Center station. The final cost of building it, its sister station and the rail extension was $456 million.
In December 2012, Morgan Boulevard was one of five stations added to the route of the Silver Line, which was originally supposed to end at the Stadium-Armory station, but was extended into Prince George’s County, Maryland to the Largo Town Center station (the eastern terminus of the Blue Line) due to safety concerns about a pocket track just past Stadium-Armory. Silver Line service at Morgan Boulevard began on July 26, 2014.
From March 26, 2020 until June 28, 2020, this station was closed due to the 2020 coronavirus pandemic.
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