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Morgan Blvd Metro Stop - Bllue Line - 300 Garrett Morgan Blvd., Landover, MD 20785

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Morgan Boulevard is an island platformed Washington Metro station in Prince George's CountyMaryland. The station was opened on December 18, 2004, and is operated by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). Providing service for the Blue Line, the station is located on Garrett Morgan Boulevard, less than a mile from FedEx Field, the home of the Washington Redskins. It is about a 15-minute walk to the stadium from the station. This is one of the few stations not served by Metrobus. The Prince George's County bus system, called simply The Bus, 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.

As of 2009, the Morgan Boulevard station has the lowest average weekday ridership of the entire system.

History

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 Garrett Morgan, the African-American inventor of the stop-go traffic light. 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 rail extension was $456 million.

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