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Type : Metro
Service Levels : 6 mins peak; 12–20 mins offpeak
System size : 117 mi (188 km)
Stations : 91
Began Operation : March 27, 1976
Daily Ridership : 712,843 (2015)
Electrification : 750 V DC, Top Contact 3rd Rail
Last Expansion : July 26, 2014 , Silver Line Phase 1
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Source : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington_Metro#/media/File:Washington_Metro_diagram_sb.svg


DC Metro
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Washington DC Metro Silver Line Opening Day: The last test train
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Washington DC Metro: Yellow Line train inbound from Huntington entering Eisenhower Avenue Station in Alexandria.
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Looking at the map, I don't know why I didn't transfer from the green to the red line at Fort Totten, rather than dealing with the Tokyo-like madness at Gallery Place/Chinatown! Worked in DC for awhile several years back...
 

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Given the congestion at Rosslyn (especially with the opening of the Silver Line), it is an inevitability that there will be a Blue Line tunnel -we should probably accustom ourselves to seeing the DC metro map looking more like this:

 

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Metro adds the proposed Potomac Yard station to its rail system

Metro adds the proposed Potomac Yard station to its rail system

By Luz Lazo
Washington Post
Dec. 22, 2015

"The planned Metro station in Alexandria’s growing Potomac Yard community is officially part of the region’s passenger rail system.

At the final meeting of 2015 last week, the Metro board of directors voted to incorporate the proposed station into its 91-station system, taking an important step to move the project forward.

The Metro board backed the city’s choice for a $268 million rail stop between the CSX railroad tracks and George Washington Memorial Parkway and gave authority to General Manager Paul J. Wiedefeld to negotiate property for the project..."

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/dr-gridlock/wp/2015/12/22/metro-adds-the-proposed-potomac-yard-station-to-its-rail-system/
 

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Metro adds the proposed Potomac Yard station to its rail system

By Luz Lazo
Washington Post
Dec. 22, 2015

"The planned Metro station in Alexandria’s growing Potomac Yard community is officially part of the region’s passenger rail system.

At the final meeting of 2015 last week, the Metro board of directors voted to incorporate the proposed station into its 91-station system, taking an important step to move the project forward.

The Metro board backed the city’s choice for a $268 million rail stop between the CSX railroad tracks and George Washington Memorial Parkway and gave authority to General Manager Paul J. Wiedefeld to negotiate property for the project..."

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/dr-gridlock/wp/2015/12/22/metro-adds-the-proposed-potomac-yard-station-to-its-rail-system/
Will there be any direct access between this future Potomac Yard station and the Washington Sailing Marina? It shouldn't take much to connect the two...
 

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Batteries on tracks could power trains and save Metro money


Metro trains can sometimes generate energy when they brake, but right Metro doesn't have a way to capture and use it. A recent WMATA study says the agency would need to buy less power from Pepco and Dominion if it installed battery systems along its rails.


In 2010, WMATA staff presented the idea for an "energy storage demonstration project" to the agency's board of directors. Metro spends nearly $50 million dollars per year on power to make trains move, so any savings could be substantial. The study was performed and tested around 2013, but the FTA only recently published the results.
http://greatergreaterwashington.org/post/30304/batteries-on-tracks-could-power-trains-and-save-metro-money/
 

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If Metro adds "Kennedy Center" and "National Mall" to station names, it will confuse riders


Metro has a long history of appending extra names to stations. It's a problem for several reasons, notably because of the confusion it causes, the complexity it adds to the map, and the cost to taxpayers. The latest proposals call for adding "National Mall" and "Kennedy Center" to station names. Both should be scuttled.


This Thursday, the WMATA Board will take up proposals to change the names of two stations: Foggy Bottom-GWU will become Foggy Bottom-GWU with a subtitle of Kennedy Center, and Smithsonian will get National Mall as a subtitle if the proposals pass. These suggestions come from the District government.

Metro's staff are recommending against renaming Foggy Bottom. Two-thirds of riders surveyed via their Amplify tool disliked the proposal. But they are recommending adding National Mall to Smithsonian because 54% of those surveyed supported the idea.

Metro's current policy limits station names to 19 characters, including the subtitles, which were a new innovation in 2011 which David Alpert and I devised in our contest to redesign the map.

Many stations' names predate that policy and violate that principle, some quite egregiously, like the 44-character U Street/African-Amer Civil War Mem'l/Cardozo. Both proposals before the board would also violate the rule.
http://greatergreaterwashington.org/post/30431/if-metro-changes-station-names-to-kennedy-center-and-national-mall-it-will-confuse-riders/
 

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Metro's new displays do a better job of sharing info


Metro has installed new passenger information displays at some of its stations. The new signs fix the long-standing problem of showing information about elevator outages at far away stations rather than when the next train will reach the platform.


Metro customers have spotted new passenger information displays at Arlington Cemetery, Ballston, Judiciary Square, and Takoma. Like the older ones the majority of stations still have, the new displays list real-time train arrival information in three lines.

The biggest upside to the new signs is that instead of using the entire screen to slowly cycle through elevator outages, they simply show the info in a scrolling feed across the bottom.

In addition to the stations listed above, Metro's latest Customer Accountability Report says the new displays will go in on the mezzanine level at Smithsonian, Tenleytown, and Ballston by May of this year.
http://greatergreaterwashington.org/post/30588/metros-new-displays-do-a-better-job-of-sharing-info/
 

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President Obama weighs in on Metro woes


President Obama on Friday cited the Washington region’s Metro system as an example of the nation’s crumbling infrastructure and called on Republicans to back his proposals to boost spending on public works initiatives.

“It is just one more example of the under-investments that have been made,” Obama, who plans to remain in Washington for at least two years after he leaves the White House, said in response to a reporter’s question about the subway. “Look, the D.C. Metro historically has been a great strength of this region, but over time we under-invested in maintenance and repair.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/dr-gridlock/wp/2016/05/06/president-obama-weighs-in-on-metro-woes/

^There's a video of him talking about it.
 

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Metro Maintenance Plan Elicits Mixed Reaction from Local Elected Officials


Metro asks for patience, but some elected leaders point finger back at the transit system



Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld’s announcement Friday of a prolonged maintenance plan for most of the transit system drew mixed reactions from local elected officials wary of delays and closures.

While Metro doesn’t plan to completely shut down any stations in Montgomery County, single-tracking and closures in other areas will impact local riders.

During Friday’s press conference, Washington, D.C., Council member and WMATA Board Chairman Jack Evans asked for patience from riders and their elected officials.

“We are asking all of the stakeholders in Metro, the elected officials, the appointed officials, the business community and most importantly our riders, our customers to bear with us,” Evans said. “This is going to be inconvenient.”

Here is how some local officials reacted to the news.
http://www.bethesdamagazine.com/Bethesda-Beat/Web-2016/Metro-Maintenance-Plan-Elicits-Mixed-Reaction-from-Local-Elected-Officials/
 
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