Opening of final five stations today completes 103-mile D.C. Metro line

January 13, 2001|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

WASHINGTON - Ending a 25-year project, the city transit authority will complete its 103-mile Metro subway system today with the opening of the final five stations on its Green Line.

The new stations span a segment of the Branch Avenue portion of the line from southeast Washington to Prince George's County.

The occasion will be marked with ceremonies at the Congress Heights station at 10:30 a.m. and the Branch Avenue station at noon. Free round trips will be offered between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

The new stations are: Congress Heights, at Alabama Avenue and 13th Street S.E.; Southern Avenue, on the Maryland side of Southern Avenue S.E. opposite Valley Terrace; Naylor Road, between Naylor Road, Branch Avenue and Suitland Parkway; Suitland, north of Suitland Parkway and west of Silver Hill Road; and Branch Avenue, near the intersection of Old Soper Road and Auth Way.

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority broke ground on the 6-mile, $900 million section of the Green Line in September 1995, and it is opening two months ahead of schedule.

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