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Rosslyn is a Washington Metro station in the business district of Rosslyn, in Arlington County, Virginia. It is the station where the Blue and Orange Lines converge going east into Washington, DC; in the opposite direction, they split, the Blue Line heading south and the Orange Line west, with a transfer allowed between them. It is also scheduled to be on the Silver Line route, which is expected to start operations in 2011. The Silver Line will split from the Blue Line, but continue with the Orange Line at this stop.

The station has entrances on the east side of North Moore Street at Wilson Boulevard, and on Fort Myer Drive near Wilson Boulevard. Additionally, one can take an elevator directly to the Rosslyn Skywalk. It is a stop for several express Metrobus lines.

Rosslyn station, along with the Pentagon station, has an unusual layout; westbound trains service a platform which is one level below the platform for eastbound trains. This feature allows for the separate tracks of the Orange and Blue lines to converge and diverge without requiring an at-grade crossing.

As the neighborhood is situated on a bluff overlooking the Potomac River, while the shared rail line into Washington passes through a rock-bored tunnel, Rosslyn station is quite deep—the deepest on the Orange and Blue Lines. Its platform lies some 97 vertical feet below street level (though its ceiling is nearly 60 feet high). It features the third longest continuous escalator in the world, at 205 feet 8 inches; an escalator ride to the street-level mezzanine takes 159 seconds.[1]

Service began on July 1, 1977 with the extension of the Blue line to National Airport.

Notable places nearbyEdit

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Arlington Cemetery   Blue Line   Foggy Bottom-
Court House   Orange Line  
  Silver (planned) Line  

External links Edit


  1. Rosslyn Magazine: Discover A New Horizon, Vol. 1, Issue 2, Summer 2006, p. 21.

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