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King Street Metro Stop - Blue and Yellow Lines - 1900 King St., Alexandria, VA 22314

King Street – Old Town is an island platformed Washington Metro station in Alexandria, Virginia. The station was opened on December 17, 1983, and is operated by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). Providing service for both the Blue and Yellow Lines, this is the southernmost transfer station for the Blue and Yellow lines, as the two lines converge just south of the station. During inclement weather, Crystal City is commonly used as an unofficial transfer point, being the southernmost underground station common to both lines. King Street was originally served only by the Yellow Line, until the Blue Line was extended from National Airport to Van Dorn Street in 1991. The station entrance pylon on the street still reflects this period of Yellow-only service, lacking a blue stripe.

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The station is located at King Street and Commonwealth Avenue. Entrances to the station are located on King Street and on the Diagonal Road side of the station. The station is above ground, and utilizes a center platform, which includes tactile paving strips to aid passengers who are blind or visually impaired. Access to the platform is provided by one pair of escalators, one staircase and one elevator. King Street is the second fastest growing station on the Washington Metro (behind Gallery Place). Over the past ten years, its ridership has increased 104%.

King Street  is a major road in Alexandria, Virginia, and historic Old Town Alexandria. It extends westward from the Potomac River waterfront near the Torpedo Factory Art Center and nearby bustling tourist gift shops and restaurants, passing City Hall. On reaching the Washington Metro and Amtrak stations and the George Washington National Masonic Memorial, King Street bends and narrows to just two lanes as it passes T.C. Williams High School and several historic churches, becoming Leesburg Pike as it passes out of Alexandria near the Bailey's Crossroads area. King Street becomes State Route 7 west of Washington Street (State Route 400). In Old Town Alexandria, King Street is designated as the dividing line between north and south in the addressing system, while Duke Street (State Route 236) is designated as the dividing line in the West End area of Alexandria.

The line of King Street follows the original southwest border for the District of Columbia, becoming the Leesburg Pike as it extends westward into Fairfax County. The border is close to the edge of King Street between Seminary Road and just before George Mason Drive. Route 7 then follows in close proximity the continuation of the original District border that now forms the southern edge of Arlington County, Virginia, until Seven Corners, where it enters the City of Falls Church, Virginia.

The Washington Metro has a station at King Street, just west of Old Town, on the Blue and Yellow Lines. Also, the King Street Trolley often takes tourists on a ride along King Street.

King Street Metro Stop History

Originally scheduled to open in summer 1982, its opening was delayed due to both unavailability of new subway cars and the lack of a test track. Construction of the station was complete by summer 1982, and in September 1983 Metro announced the station would open that December as the new cars would be ready for service. The station opened on December 17, 1983. Its opening coincided with the completion of 4.2 miles (6.8 km) of rail between National Airport and Huntington and the opening of the Braddock Road, Eisenhower Avenue and Huntington stations.

An expansion to the station added a second entrance and mezzanine across Commonwealth Avenue from the existing mezzanine, with the new entrance located on Cameron Street, across from the nearby Hilton Hotel. The expansion also includes a new canopy over the north end of the platform, designed to match the original canopy. The two canopies do not connect in order to preserve the view of the George Washington Masonic Memorial from Old Town.

The station was named "King Street" from its 1983 opening until November 3, 2011, when the station was given its present name as part of a preparation for service changes planned for 2012.

Transit connections

The station is adjacent to Alexandria Union Station, together with which it serves Old Town Alexandria and as a transit hub for the city as a whole. Both Metrobus and DASH provide service to the station. A free daily trolley service provides direct access to Old Town and the Waterfront, making many stops along King Street. Car sharing is also available. The station is about 12 blocks (one mile) from the intersection of King and Washington Streets; it is about 17 blocks from the Waterfront.

Notable places nearby

  • George Washington Masonic National Memorial
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO)
  • Regent University, Alexandria Campus