New From the Washington DC Metro: Virtual Tours Inside Stations with New StationView
Metro today announced the launch of StationView, a new interactive feature that takes customers on a virtual tour inside Metrorail stations. The new tool is the first-of-its-kind for any rail system in the U.S. and provides riders with better accessibility to navigate the system.
StationView allows customers, using Metro’s website or Google Maps, to virtually go from the street into the station. Take a ride down the escalator or elevator, go through the faregates and onto the mezzanine and platform just as if you were inside.
Currently available for six stations – Union Station, Judiciary Square, Gallery Place, Metro Center, Archives and L’Enfant Plaza – Metro expects to complete all 91 stations by the end of the year.
The new feature uses Google’s Street View technology, providing visual landmarks to better familiarize customers with the entrance location. Customers with limited mobility can locate elevator entrances and see how to navigate between the upper and lower levels at transfer stations with multiple lines.
StationView is simple to use from any computer or mobile device and is available on Metro’s station information page at wmata.com/stations or via Google map’s street view feature. Select the station and entrance you want to use to begin the virtual tour.
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