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@Sage: because of park-and-ride and commuter buses, those beltway stations are serving much larger areas than core stations like Dupont and U Street. Core residents also have more options; not only do we have more metro stations to choose from, we can also walk, bike or take a bus. I commute downtown 8-10 times per week. Of those trips, I take the Red Line 3-4 times, bike 3-4 times, and either walk or take the Green Line for the remainder of those trips.

Also, because my commute is a lot shorter, and because I have so many more options, most of my commutes are a little off-peak. I enter the system a little later than the average Shady Grove commuter in the morning; in the evening, I usually work a lot later than the bridge-and-tunnel folks as well. I also often run errands, go to the gym, or eat out while my exurban peers are on the road.

@Jasper: I think I'd rather see a beefed up VRE and MARC instead of an extended Metro. I'd rather see Metro spend it's scarce resources expanding and improving service in the region's core. While I don't think VRE/MARC will ever be DC's RER, I'm worried that Metro can't continue to be both an S-bahn and a U-bahn and serve both the region's core and the exurbs equally well. Still, given Metro's funding situation, I suppose we'll just see more of the same, if we see anything at all.

by Steven Harrell on Nov 26, 2012 1:31 pm • linkreport

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