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Old October 6th, 2008, 10:49 PM   #141
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I watched the debate on the Washington Metro and Amtrak funding bills a couple of weeks ago and was thrilled to see the broad bipartisan support for both programs.
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Old November 8th, 2008, 05:08 PM   #142
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Metro proposes 648 new rail cars, overhaul for 100
5 November 2008

WASHINGTON (AP) - Metro wants to buy 648 new rail cars and overhaul 100 older ones.

A staff proposal to be presented to board members on Thursday estimates it will cost $2 billion if the agency wins board approval to begin the bidding process by next month.

The order is tied to the proposed Metrorail extension to Dulles International Airport, which will require 128 rail cars. The new rail cars would also include 300 to replace the oldest cars and another 220 to allow running all eight-car trains during rush hours.

The 748-rail car program is one of the major items on General Manager John Catoe's $11 billion list of capital projects needed over 10 years to maintain, expand and improve service.

Some board members have expressed concern about the fact that the new high-tech cars would not be compatible with the existing fleet.
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Old November 8th, 2008, 06:06 PM   #143
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im seeing a trend of republicans finally seeing mass transit and its about damn time. it was the only issue i agreed with the dems on, and now its a strong bipartisan issue. I hope the next stimulus package is a massive investment in out infastructure beause we desperately need it, and it will create a ton of new jobs to help weather the storm. Also when are they going to widen the tracks under the river, thats the bottleneck thats stopping more service into virginia
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Old November 21st, 2008, 05:53 PM   #144
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What is so bad about Boston's Silver line, besides the fact it is not a subway or LRT, of course???
I rode it in from the airport and to be honest was quite surprised.. Here is how I saw it:

If there is a continuum between bus and metro service, BRT usually gets positioned at one point and stays there. Ie - it may be just a bus lane, which is only left of of the bus side, or it may be a Bogota-style system with full surface stations, or it may be a rubber-tyre metro that runs in underground tunnels



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BUS--------^--------------------------------------------METRO

BUS-----------------------------------^------------------METRO



The Boston silver line tries to do it all. It zips from one extreme of the continuum to the other and in my opinion does it slowly and infrequently enough to outweigh much of the potential positives of BRT.

At the aiport you wait outdoors to pay a fare into a farebox on the bus.. which comes very infrequently (I was there Monday morning, peak time), then the bus goes in regular traffic under a tunnel and comes up in port-like area where after many odd turns, stops, and slow-downs becomes electrified and goes underground to link with the metro system. It sounds great in theory, but in practical application isn't pleasant or fast.

In the downtown Silverline functions in mixed traffic like any other bus with curbside stops (Ie at the Boston Common) and single-door boarding, then it also has some dedicated lanes areas.

It's this undefinable thing, the inconsistency in how and where you board it, where it travels, how you pay, really hurts it.
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Old November 23rd, 2008, 04:27 AM   #145
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I agree Hoosier. For the amount of money that's been spent on tearing Iraq apart, numerous metro systems could have been built, upgrade and extended. It's just a shame that Bush, Bechtel and Halliburton have other ideas.

And I also congratulate California for recognising that everyone has the right to marry
theres duchebaggery at foot.

those limits on federal spending havent changed since clinton. But god forbid we blame a democrat for anything!
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Old November 25th, 2008, 05:52 PM   #146
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theres duchebaggery at foot.

those limits on federal spending havent changed since clinton. But god forbid we blame a democrat for anything!
Bush pissed away hundreds of billions in Iraq and gave out no bid contracts to Bechtel and Halliburton, not Clinton.
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Old November 26th, 2008, 04:05 AM   #147
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Hoosier... being in iraq i would kinda say that although some of that money was thrown away most of those 'no bid contracts' left with donald rumsfeld (him leaving was the best thing thats happened to the DOD since macnemara left). But at the same time, the federal governments job is not to fund these jobs. Its nice that they do, but its not their job. AS ive said earlier, its time to read the constitution and realize the only things the feds are allowed to do in the constitution is maintain the interstate highway system or interstate railways and canals. Thats it. Local transport jobs are supposed to go to local and state governments.

However being that this country hasent respected the constitiution since the 30's, i hope the feds do toss some cash this projects way so i dont have to spend an arm and a leg on a cab into the city on TDY.
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Old December 4th, 2008, 06:45 PM   #148
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Federal Transit Administration gives key approval to plan to extend DC rail to Dulles airport
4 December 2008

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal officials have approved a plan to extend the D.C. region's Metrorail system to Dulles International Airport, nearly a year after cost concerns threatened to kill the $5.2 billion project.

The Federal Transit Administration's approval, granted Wednesday, is critical to obtaining the $900 million in federal funding needed for the 23-mile extension in northern Virginia. However, the plan still needs final approval from U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary Peters, Congress, and the Office of Management and Budget.

Proponents have said the project would ease congestion in traffic-choked northern Virginia and give tourists easy access to the popular subway system. More than 24.7 million passengers passed through Dulles in 2007, according to the airport's Web site.
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Old December 4th, 2008, 10:34 PM   #149
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Excellent news for DC.
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Old December 5th, 2008, 10:45 AM   #150
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What are the ridership projections for that line? I imagine they would be huge.
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Old December 5th, 2008, 06:29 PM   #151
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Anyone read about the new purple line in Washington Post?
It's supposed to connect western bethesd and langley and other PG and MOCO areas.
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Old December 6th, 2008, 11:25 AM   #152
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What are the ridership projections for that line? I imagine they would be huge.
Seems like it's hard to project ridership from airports. I know that ridership of the BART link to SFO has been disappointing.
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Old March 31st, 2009, 08:17 PM   #153
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Metro rejects fare hike; proposes bus cuts
26 March 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) - Metro has rejected a proposal to consider a 5-cent fare increase as the transit agency scrambles to close a multimillion dollar budget shortfall.

Instead, board members will look to plug the gap by reducing bus service.

Public hearings will be held next month on the proposed cuts, which could affect dozens of bus lines. The proposals include eliminating 10 lines, while another 12 lines could have some segments eliminated. Other lines could see larger gaps in service.

Subway service won't be affected. The earliest the service cuts will take effect is late June.

Metro is facing a $29 million budget gap. Reducing service is expected to save the transit agency more than $13 million; the rest of the gap would be closed by increased subsidies from the jurisdictions served by Metro.
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Old June 24th, 2009, 09:06 PM   #154
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Washington Metro

Does anyone have any updates on the Silver line extension?

Pictures, maps, renderings?

My question is, will this project create more train traffic on the existing orange and blue lines? If so, will it have a negative effect on the speed the system moves?
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Old June 25th, 2009, 12:27 AM   #155
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try to look over these results.
Maybe you can find anything that answer your questions
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http://www.google.ro/search?hl=ro&q=Washington+Metro+%22Silver+line%22+extension&as_qdr=w&btnG=C%C4%83utare&meta=
hope this help you
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Old June 25th, 2009, 05:28 AM   #156
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You might want to try this link to the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project. Make sure you sign up for updates.
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Old July 22nd, 2009, 04:51 PM   #157
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Metro to hold workshop as part of bid to improve station access for bicyclists, pedestrians
19 July 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) - If you walk or ride a bike to your Metro stop, the transit agency wants to hear from you.

Metro planners are in the midst of a study to evaluate demand from pedestrians and cyclists and access to stations for those who walk or ride bikes.

Metro says that between 2002 and 2007, the number of cyclists biking to rail stations during the morning rush hour increased 60 percent, to a daily total of more than 1,500. That number is expected to keep rising. The agency has identified $45 million in bicycle and pedestrian improvements it would like to implement before 2020. Likely upgrades include new bicycle cages and double-deck parking for bikes.

Metro will hold a workshop starting 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at its headquarters at 600 5th St., Northwest. Anyone interested in providing input is encouraged to attend.
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Old July 23rd, 2009, 02:37 AM   #158
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Federal officials give green light for major construction work on Metro extension to airport
AWESOME (for local residents at least...)

I don't live in DC, but my uncle lives in Arlington, and i visit him occasionally - this subway thing would be a great way for me to get to the airport should i have any travel needs...

What'll the new subway line be called - the next option seems to be the Purple Line... Or will it be an extension of the Orange Line?
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Old July 25th, 2009, 06:24 AM   #159
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What'll the new subway line be called - the next option seems to be the Purple Line... Or will it be an extension of the Orange Line?
It will be called the Silver Line.
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Old January 19th, 2010, 05:07 AM   #160
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Help Metrorail's next chief succeed -- by cutting the job down to size

Do you think he's making sense?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...011602570.html

Help Metrorail's next chief succeed -- by cutting the job down to size
By Pierce R. Homer
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Sunday, January 17, 2010

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But we all know he has been asked to operate an aging rail system badly in need of long-term, dedicated sources of funding; the cost and the condition of the Metrorail system have been extensively discussed in these pages. Thanks to Catoe's efforts, and those of his immediate predecessors, Dan Tangherlini and Dick White, funding progress has been made.

But the problem remains severe -- and it is far from the system's only problem.

More fundamentally, Catoe and his predecessors have been asked to operate within a system of governance that was designed -- 40 years ago -- to get a Metrorail system built in a region that had roughly half the population that it does today. Today, the challenges facing Metrorail are less about new construction and more about the unglamorous maintenance and operation of an aging system. Shouldn't the governance of Metrorail be updated to reflect this reality?
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Along with this, the makeup of the Metro board should be reconsidered. Today, Maryland, Virginia localities and the District appoint board members via different processes and for divergent reasons. Many of those appointees outlast the general manager. And the local officials who serve on the board also have to fashion local budgets, making tough choices among the competing needs of education, health care, public safety and transportation. The jurisdictions are in competition with one another for jobs, transportation funding and, yes, Metro services. In the meantime, the users of the rail system -- who pay nearly 80 percent of the operating costs of the rail system -- are underrepresented. That will still be the case even after four new federal appointees are added to the board.

If we want Metro to focus on daily maintenance, operations and safety, doesn't it make sense for daily Metrorail users to have a significant say on the governing body?

Finally, and above all, Metro needs to focus on its core business responsibility -- again, the maintenance, operation and safety of the Metrorail system. Over the years, Metro has grown into a regional transit provider encompassing rail, bus, paratransit and other transportation activities. Metro can do better by doing less.

Today, the bus market is increasingly dominated by innovative local and subregional providers. Yet the Metrorail workforce is still tied to the Metrobus workforce, and a board that was designed to get Metrorail built and paid for also has oversight of the bus system. In a region blessed with numerous regional, subregional and local institutions, a serious program of devolution could improve the efficiency and effectiveness of many secondary services, allowing Metro to focus on its core Metrorail responsibilities.
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