Walking Score for DC Metro Stations

Below is an article about DC Metro Stations. The Walking Score for Stadium Armory: 52. What can we do to make our community Walking Score higher??? Leave a comment with your ideas!
Best, Lisa White- ANC Commissioner SMD 7D01 Kingman Park


DC Metro Stations, Ranked

Washington Post detailing the paucity of dining options in DC east of the Anacostia River (I’ve written about this subject before).  The article includes this damning map.  The problem here is an old one: businesses tend to avoid the parts of DC east of the river, which are overwhelmingly black.  They also systemically prefer the suburbs of Northern Virginia and Montgomery County to majority-black Prince George’s County.  This got me thinking about the DC Metro, which I posted about last week.  Which stations attract the most business and overall amenities?  And could that possibly be ranked?

Don’t worry, this isn’t going to be one of those totally subjective online lists where I rank the DC area’s 86 metro stations (a quarter of which I’ve never been to) based on my own personal preferences.  This is scientific, I swear!  I used the simplest possible methodology: I plugged each of the station names into WalkScore, a wonderful website that uses a complicated algorithm to determine a particular location’s “walkability” on a 100-point scale.  The algorithm is, of course, imperfect, and so is the resulting list.  But at least it’s consistent, and it doesn’t take into account prejudicial factors like the demographics of the surrounding area.

The full list is after the jump, but here are some highlights:

Highest ranked station: Metro Center (100), in DC

Lowest ranked station: tie between Branch Ave and Morgan Blvd (18), in Prince George’s

Highest ranked suburban station: Bethesda (97), in Montgomery

Lowest ranked DC station: Fort Totten (43)

Highest ranked Virginia station: Clarendon (94)

Lowest ranked Virginia station: Arlington Cemetery (25), but you can’t really hold that against them

Highest ranked Prince George’s station: Prince George’s Plaza (88)

Lowest ranked Montgomery station: Grosvenor (34)

Most overrated station: of many possible nominees, I’m going with Judiciary Square (95)

Most underrated station: Woodley Park (78); I’m convinced it got screwed by Rock Creek Park, which most people would consider a major amenity!  Also, the stations I spend the most time around, Columbia Heights and Georgia Ave (both 86), are definitely underrated.

Happiest surprise: Wheaton (89), which I’ve always liked but which rarely gets any respect

Most shameful: College Park (48), because University of Maryland students deserve better

Average score for DC: 79

Average score for Montgomery: 71

Average score for Virginia: 69

Average score for Prince George’s: 43

Complete List:

Metro Center: 100
Farragut North: 98
Farragut West: 98
Foggy Bottom: 98
Bethesda: 97
Federal Triangle: 97
McPherson Square: 97
Tenleytown: 97
Gallery Place: 95
Judiciary Square: 95
Mt Vernon Square: 95
U Street: 95
Clarendon: 94
Archives: 92
Court House: 92
Dupont Circle: 92
Silver Spring: 92
Cleveland Park: 91
Crystal City: 91
Eastern Market: 91
Takoma: 91
Virginia Square: 91
Shaw: 89
Union Station: 89
Wheaton: 89
Ballston: 88
Brookland: 88
Prince George’s Plaza: 88
Capitol South: 86
Columbia Heights: 86
Georgia Ave: 86
King Street: 86
Rosslyn: 86
Rockville: 85
Friendship Heights: 83
Van Ness: 83
Waterfront: 83
Navy Yard: 82
Rhode Island Ave: 80
White Flint: 80
Braddock Rd: 78
New York Ave: 78
Pentagon City: 78
Woodley Park: 78
Smithsonian: 77
L’Enfant Plaza: 75
Potomac Ave: 75
Federal Center: 74
Twinbrook: 74
Van Dorn St: 74
Reagan National Airport: 72
Medical Center: 66
East Falls Church: 63
Minnesota Ave: 63
Anacostia: 62
Congress Heights: 60
Largo Town Center: 60
Southern Ave: 60
West Falls Church: 60
Benning Rd: 57
Dunn Loring: 57
Huntington: 57
Glenmont: 55
West Hyattsville: 55
Pentagon: 54
Deanwood: 52
Stadium Armory: 52
Forest Glen: 49
Shady Grove: 49
College Park: 48
Eisenhower Ave: 48
Vienna: 48
New Carrollton: 46
Capitol Heights: 45
Fort Totten: 43
Franconia: 43
Greenbelt: 38
Landover: 38
Suitland: 35
Addison Rd: 34
Grosvenor: 34
Naylor Rd: 34
Cheverly: 32
Arlington Cemetery: 25
Branch Ave: 18
Morgan Blvd: 18



Executive Office of the Mayor Office of Communications



Department of Employment Services Assists in Pre-Screening Applicants (WASHINGTON, D.C.)

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) today began testing 26 applicants for bus driver positions at the District’s Department of Employment Services (DOES) headquarters offices. Mayor Vincent C. Gray said this is the type of collaboration that is needed between D.C. government and local businesses to jump-start the city’s efforts to put more residents back to work under his:

One City ● One Hire initiative. “This is what it is all about,” said Mayor Gray. “WMATA needs bus drivers, and DOES identified individuals with experience and others who could be trained to do the job. DOES screened the applicants and provided their information to WMATA. The company’s executives and HR representatives are here today to test the candidates. The individuals who pass the examination will be a step closer to landing a job with WMATA. DOES is prepared to replicate this process with as many businesses as possible if it helps put people in the District back to work.”

One City ● One Hire has helped 335 D.C. residents find jobs since the initiative was announced in early September. So far, 172 businesses have enlisted as partners under the program.

 One City ● One Hire partner businesses include 7-Eleven, Ross Dress for Less, Safeway, Rite Aid, and Securitas. They have used DOES to notify job seekers about available positions and pre-screen the applicants. “We want and need more businesses to step up and work with us,” said Mayor Gray.

“Reports show that there are at least 50,000 jobs available in D.C. We want more of those jobs to go to District residents.”

# # # Follow Mayor Gray on Twitter and Facebook! Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/MayorVinceGray and Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/DCGov

Bring back the Oklahoma Avenue Metro Station

Richard Layman- Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space wrote: In the development of the initial plan for the WMATA transit system, only one station was “successfully” taken off the plans, a station at Oklahoma Avenue, between the Stadium-Armory Station at RFK Stadium and the Minnesota Avenue Station. According to Scrag’s The Great Society Subway: Local residents objected to a proposed 1,000-car commuter parking lot at that station and the traffic that it would generate in the neighborhood. In reaction to their lobbying, the DC government insisted that the station be removed and that the tunnel for the line be extended through the neighborhood. In some respects, at that time, you can understand why the residents would have been against this, given that it has taken 34 years for the Rhode Island Metro Station to be reconfigured from car-commuter serving to a more urban setup, because the Oklahoma Station was intended to serve commuters. In 2003, when I was involved in H St. Main Street, after exhibiting at the one and only City Living Expo, I wrote an internal communication laying out the justification for creating a housing policy for the organization, one focused on the Greater Trade Area that could be potentially served by H Street, because the more residents, and especially the more residents with higher disposable income, the more successful the H St. commercial district could be.

Could this be possible in the Kingman Park Community? Read more of the article here.

Stars, Stripes and Spokes @ RFK Stadium Memorial Weekend


Please note / be reminded that the Stars & Stripes & Spokes event will be hosted at the RFK Stadium grounds on Friday, May 27th through Monday, May 30th:


Friday, May 27th – Monday, May 30th

Stars & Stripes & Spokes

Location: Parking Lot # 7

Expected Attendance: 60,000 – 90,000 (over the four day period)

 This 4-day festival for motorcycle riders and non-riders includes live music, vendors, food and drinks. Event hours are 9:00 am until 9:00 pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  On Monday, event hours are from 9:00 am until 6:00 pm.  Weekend activities feature military vehicle and equipment displays.  The event is open to the public and admission is free.  For additional information including the daily event schedule and entertainment line-up, please visit:  http://stars-stripes-spokes.com/.

 Metropolitan Police Department officers will manage event traffic circulation at the parking lot entrances (at Benning Road and at C Street).  The show manager is aware of the residential communities surrounding the Stadium and is encouraging attendees riding motorcycles to use the highway rather than drive through the city. 

 Throughout this event, you may anticipate an increase in WMATA ridership at the Stadium-Armory Station as well as much greater than usual pedestrian and vehicular traffic in the area surrounding RFK Stadium.

Metrorail Construction Project Memorial Holiday Weekend

Orange/Blue Line closed from Federal Center SW to Minnesota Ave/Benning Road; Customers should seek alternate travel

Metrorail will conduct significant safety and reliability work on the Blue, Orange and Red rail lines to comply with National Transportation Safety Board recommendations during the Memorial Day Holiday Weekend (May 27 to 30) closing four stations and causing some temporary service changes for customers that will mean a safer, smoother ride once the work is complete.

On the Blue and Orange Lines, there will be no train service between the Federal Center SW and Minnesota Ave and Benning Road Metrorail stations, and the four stations between – Capitol South, Eastern Market, Potomac Ave and Stadium-Armory Metrorail stations — will be closed during the Memorial Day Holiday Weekend from 10 p.m., Friday, May 27, to closing on Monday, May 30.

During the weekend, the agency will replace four track switches at the Eastern Market Metrorail station, replace 4,700 fasteners, make repairs to the aerial structure outside the Stadium-Armory Metrorail station, lay over 5 miles of communications cable to upgrade cell phone access throughout the Metrorail system and make repairs to 21 escalators and 8 elevators at the Eastern Market, Capitol South, Potomac Avenue and Stadium Armory Metrorail stations to help rebuild the area back into a state of good repair.

To alert customers about this work, Metro will send e-Alerts, post signs in key stations, tweet, place notices on station kiosks, issue a series of news releases, take out paid advertisements in local papers and make train and system announcements. Additional information will be available on Metro=s web site at metroopensdoors.com.

Metro encourages customers to travel on other days or using alternate travel options if possible in this area. While bus shuttles will be available to get around the closures, traffic congestion is expected to be challenging as the Stars, Stripes and Spokes motorcycle event at RFK Stadium is expected to attract thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts.

Google & Metro-Mission Accomplished

Google Maps Finally Includes WMATA Information

It’s taken nearly two and a half years, but finally, Google Maps now features WMATA information in its directions. (WMATA and Google made a joint announcement regarding “technology improvements that will benefit Metrorail and Metrobus riders.” )

WMATA directions was one of the few reasons this editor ever used Google competitor Bing, as they’ve had WMATA directions for quite a while now. In 2008, if you’ll recall, Metro said that “forming a partnership with Google was not in our best interest from a business perspective.” In December of that year, Greater Greater Washington started a petition to encourage Google to include the information, and after a lengthy process, it has finally arrived.

It will now easier for people to get to our community-Kingman Park!

Google and Metro-Mission Accomplished!