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With regards to a possible Orange line extension in VA and Red Line extension beyond Shady Grove, there are projected ridership numbers for extending those 2 lines and others in the TAG #8 presentation from earlier this year. I don't recall seeing the recent TAG #9 presentation discussed on GGW. For those interested in the presentations, try http://planitmetro.com/?s=TAG+Meeting.

I think an extension of the Orange Line along I-66 to west of Rt. 50 with a station maybe serving the mall there and allowing some sort of access to the Fairfax county gov centers is reasonable. Extending it to Gainesville or west on Rt. 50 to South Riding is way too expensive to build and operate. Gainesville & Manassas are commuter distance communities, they are best handled by a VRE extension to Gainesville with eventual expansion of VRE to a 7 day a week regional rail service.

Extending the Red Line beyond Shady Grove 3.5 miles with 2 new stations had a new ridership gain of 6700 weekday trips. Since that should not be that expensive an extension ($600 to $800 million?), it might someday happen. However MD has to figure out how to pay for and start construction of the Purple and Baltimore Red Line LRT projects before MD takes on any other major Metro projects.

The bottom line remains that before the region starts on significant extensions of the existing lines, a consensus must be reached on capacity expansion in the core starting such as the re-route of the Blue Line to Georgetown and M street.

by AlanF on Nov 26, 2012 4:13 pm • linkreport

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