Friday, December 29, 2006 2:42 PM
Mayor-elect Adrian M. Fenty joined Metro officials Friday to celebrate the start of an extended Yellow Line that will serve five additional stations.
Starting Sunday, the Yellow Line, which previously stopped at Mount Vernon Square, will continue to Fort Totten, parallel to the Green Line, during off-peak hours.
The extra service won't be available during rush hour because it would have been prohibitively expensive, said Jack Requa, Metro's interim general manager. The need is not as great during peak times, when Green Line trains run every six minutes, he said.
As a result of the new service, the six-minute intervals will be steady throughout the day.
The 18-month pilot project is being funded entirely by the District of Columbia at a cost of $5.75 million.
Officials said the fact that the transit system has unused trains sitting in depots during off-peak hours makes the project affordable. The project was developed in response to passenger requests for more service on the Green Line, they said.
"Hopefully it will be a really great precedent," Fenty said at a small ceremony at the Columbia Heights station, one of the stops for the new service. "We don't always have to spend lots of zero's behind our dollars to improve transportation in the District of Columbia."