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The station serves the suburb of Wheaton, Maryland, and is located at the intersection of Georgia Avenue (Maryland Route 97) and Reedie Drive. This station has the longest single-span escalator set in the Western Hemisphere, 230 feet (70 m) in length. It is not the deepest station in the system, however; that honor goes to Forest Glen, which has an elevator-only exit due to its depth. The trip on Wheaton's escalator takes two minutes and 45 seconds, though some commuters shorten the time by walking.
Another architectural feature of this station is separate tunnels and platforms for each direction, instead of the large, vaulted common room seen at most other underground stations in the Metro system. This design, which is similar to many of the London Underground's tube stations, was used to save money due to the station's depth. Forest Glen is the only other Washington Metro station to have this design.
Service at Wheaton began on September 22, 1990. It was the northeastern end of the Red Line for nearly eight years, until the Glenmont station opened in July 1998.
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