Metro Wants Your Input on 30-year transit plan

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From a press release:

Metro launched a new Web page,, last week to share information and gather feedback from riders as it develops a long-term Regional Transit System Plan to address the ever-increasing transportation needs of the region.

With continued population and job growth predicted for the Washington Metropolitan area, the Regional Transit System Plan aims to provide a 30-year vision for future growth and options to improve and expand transit service.

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“Metro plays a critical role in the region. We see ourselves as leaders in regional transit planning because Metro is what ties the jurisdictions together,” said Metro Interim General Manager Richard Sarles.

Metro staff and an advisory group of local, regional and federal representatives will gather input from the public through public workshops and through the new Web page through the fall of 2011 as they work on the plan. Early next year, members of the public will be invited to attend public workshops about the 30-year transit plan. includes information about all of Metro’s long-range planning activities, providing riders with updates on projects and opportunities to provide feedback.

The Regional Transit System Plan will examine existing bus and rail systems, light rail and options for expansion. The plan will address four key issues: core capacity, access, surface transit corridors, and new and emerging markets.

Growth trends indicate that portions of the Metrorail system will reach peak capacity before 2040, with downtown core stations most significantly impacted. The regional plan will seek solutions such as making pedestrian and rail connections between lines to bypass bottlenecks, adding new rail lines through the downtown core and improving surface transit.

The plan also will address enhancing access to rail stations with improved pedestrian and bicycle accessibility, and better bus feeder service.

To address traffic congestion, which poses a major threat to the efficiency of the region’s bus network, the regional transit plan will evaluate and promote ways to improve bus service by incorporating Metro’s Priority Corridor Network, dedicated bus lanes, and other express and bus rapid transit elements. Additionally, the plan will address regional streetcar proposals and look for ways to integrate light rail projects in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

The plan also will consider options for bus and rail expansion to many of the fastest growing areas, which are not currently served by Metrorail. The regional plan will seek ways to connect new activity centers in suburban areas, and evaluate extensions of the rail system to serve outlying areas, such as Centreville, Va., and Waldorf, Md.

Metro has established a Technical Advisory Group comprised of federal, regional and jurisdictional staff representatives, and will solicit input from the public to help develop the 30-year plan.

As it takes 10 to 20 years to plan, design, fund and construct major transit system improvements, Metro is beginning work now on system-wide planning to address capacity constraints that are expected to emerge beyond 2020. Next summer Metro aims to have a draft of the Regional Transit System Plan with recommendations for transit projects that will provide the most benefit.

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  • Yea a rail line down Rt. 5/301 down to Waldorf and La Plata is needed.

    Heres some info about the Southern Maryland Transit Corridor Preservation Study.

    It’ll be nice to have a light rail line to go from Branch Ave station in PG county to perhaps all the way down to St. Mary’s county. Needs to also be a rail connection to Upper Marlboro, perhaps construction a light rail line from Largo Town Center station down Rt. 202 and to the Esq. Center in Upper Marlboro.

  • Also the metro map needs a make over and possibly designate the lines as letters.


    Red line from Shady Grove to Glenmont (R line)
    Red line from Grosvenor to Silver Spring (Q line)
    Orange line from West Falls Church to Stadium-Armory (C line)
    ^^The orange line should have more short trips like those to increase service.

    Orange line from Vienna to New Carrollton (D line)

    Green line (A train)
    Yellow line from Huntington to Ft Totten (F line)
    Yellow line from Huntington to Mt. Vernon Square (B line)

    Blue line from Franconia-Springfield to Greenbelt (M line)
    Blue line from Franconia-Springfield to Largo (L line)

    Silver line (will take the letter that the short orange line has).

  • Forgot one:

    -Orange line from Vienna to Largo Town Center (J line). This would increase the number of orange line trains and divert more blue line trains coming from Franconia to Greenbelt.

  • So does Metro’s 30 year plan mean we have to wait 30 years between trains?

  • Here’s my input: Stop being broken and broke.

  • I have an idea. Make there be an age limit of 18+. It’ll keep the a$$holes off of the trains.

    But seriously they should have more security in problem stations and train lines. I literally avoid the green line at all costs. It’s sad. The kids are sad too. Something needs to be done about the rampid monkeys running around that line.

  • adopt the cheap, fast, easy, obviously superior trench system used in NY instead of this crazy deep tunnel system we have.

  • @ Anon 5:14

    The reason why our stations are so deep is because #1, when metro was constructed they didn’t use the cut and cover method, if they did it would’ve probably disturbed traffic too much. A lot of NYC’s subway was built prior to 1940, so back then doing a cut and cover was nothing. #2, the terrain is different in this area, do you really think metro would be build insanely deep stations just for the hell of it? It must’ve cost billions to build Wheaton, Forest Glen, and Dupont Circle.

  • How about hiring people that are interested in working, and that do not take their jobs for granted. It makes me sick that when I ask a question and the butt holes who work in the stations are soooo put out to give me the an answer. Try that BS in the private sector and see how long you last. I also think that they should come up with a system that forces bus riders to pay every time they ride the bus. It is like a secret club if you don’t pay the driver just waves you back, i feel like a fool for forking over $1.5 for a lift.

  • I’m sure a trench system could have been done in dc. Terrain in dc vs other cities is not an issue, thats what small tunnels and bridges are for. NYC is full of up and down sections such as smith and 9th street. I think the dc subway is a model of poor planing and wateful design. Failure by committee.

  • Push to get their governance structure changed. Obviously not totally something they can do themselves, but without that noting they do or want to do is going to make things hugely better – just better around the edges.

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