Passengers at Arlington National Cemetery surprised Blue Line ends

ARLINGTON, Va. — So far it has happened with every train that arrives at Metro’s Blue Line station at Arlington National Cemetery — passengers are surprised to learn the ride ends here.

With Blue Line travel limited to the eight stops between Franconia-Springfield and Arlington Cemetery, some passengers don’t realize the train won’t continue to Rosslyn, or any of the stops in the District or Maryland.

From my observations, many of the passengers who end up here by mistake aren’t native English speakers. Some passengers were wearing headphones, and others were absorbed in a newspaper.

Operators on the train I rode on advised riders often they needed to transfer to the Yellow Line between Franconia-Springfield and Pentagon stops because Blue service would end at Arlington.

Metro employees are positioned on the platform at Arlington Cemetery to give directions to passengers who didn’t expect their rides to end here.

Some passengers choose to get back on the Blue Line and go back one stop to Pentagon, where they can transfer to the Yellow Line, and ride to L’Enfant Plaza, where they can again transfer to the Orange or Silver Line.

Other passengers decide to walk 15 minutes to Rosslyn, rather than retrace their steps.

Neal Augenstein

Neal Augenstein has been a reporter at WTOP since 1997. Through the years, Neal has covered many of the crimes and trials that have gripped the region. Neal's been pleased to receive awards over the years for hard news, feature reporting, use of sound and sports.

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