WMATA hopes to lengthen all its trains to eight cars, add pedestrian connections at downtown stations, and maybe build new rail tunnels for the Blue and Yellow Lines in the region’s core. That’s part of a strategic plan that its media relations team showed only to The Post this week, and which board members will see at a meeting today.
More broadly, the agency will focus on safety, service quality, better regional mobility and its own financial stability in the strategic plan. Besides a set of still somewhat amorphous connections and service improvements, the plan calls for building a system where riders can more easily “plan, pay, and ride” in a smoother customer experience.
The big money, up to $20 billion, in the plan would be for tunnels to separate the Blue Line at Rosslyn and the Yellow Line at L’Enfant Plaza, the two major chokepoints, as part of a vision for Metro by 2040. Silver Line trains from Dulles Airport could also turn at Rosslyn to go toward Arlington Cemetery, then stop at Pentagon before crossing the Yellow Line bridge into D.C.
By 2025, Metro wants to have the railcars and power stations to run all trains with the full eight cars. It would like to build pedestrian tunnels to link Farragut North with Farragut West and Metro Center with Gallery Place, and a train tunnel so that some Dulles trains can go down to Franconia-Springfield, which would relieve some of the immediate Blue Line problems of Rush Plus, which will only get worse once the Silver Line opens.
This plan covers a lot of ground, and is at times very detailed yet at others quite vague. I wasn’t able to get all of the details, because WMATA decided to give an exclusive look at the plan to The Post.
[Continue reading David Alpert’s post at Greater Greater Washington.]
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