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New Metro maps have started appearing on railcars

Monday, Dan Reed reported seeing a new Metro map aboard a train. I spotted one on Tuesday on the Red Line. The new maps show the first phase of the Silver Line, even though an opening date hasn't been set.

A new map on car 1165. Photo by the author.

So far, the maps that Dan and I have seen don't have a sticker explaining that the Silver Line isn't open. It's not clear whether this is an intentional rollout, or whether one of the yards is just out of the old maps and has started replacing maps with the new ones when needed.

WMATA spokesperson Dan Stessel is out of the office; I contacted Brian Anderson, but he hadn't been able to get us an answer to that question by posting time. We will update the post if we hear back.

Meanwhile, several people on Twitter have reported seeing one of the 7000 series railcars plying the tracks. Metro is running the cars to test them out. goDCgo tweeted this image at Union Station:

Photo by goDCgo on Twitter.

Keep an eye out, and you might spot a Silver Line map, or a 7000-series car, during your commute.

Matt Johnson has lived in the Washington area since 2007. He has a Master's in Planning from the University of Maryland and a BS in Public Policy from Georgia Tech. He lives in Greenbelt. Hes a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. He is a contract employee of the Montgomery County Department of Transportation. His views are his own and do not represent those of his employer. 


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I saw them on the Green/Yellow line during yesterday's afternoon commute and this morning's commute. Not sure if it was just coincidence.

by John Dewar on May 7, 2014 2:08 pm • linkreport

The new maps were distributed to the rail yards for installation on Friday. They are being replaced as cars move through the shops for routine maintenance.

The 7000 series train was moved to Branch Ave over the weekend. This was a mainline test to make sure it was safe to transport to Shady Grove Yard, its new home. Commissioning activities are temporarily moving to Shady in order to speed up the completion of the test track at Greenbelt. Moving the testing activities allows the construction crews to take full advantage of all track rights between Greenbelt and College Park, rather than having to split time with the 7000 test team.

by dcmike on May 7, 2014 2:20 pm • linkreport

Word has it the maps were distributed to the yard last week to be installed during routine maintenance. The new emergency evacuation maps have not been printed up yet because WMATA has'nt hasn't finalized the instruction on those maps. Remember those self evacuation events from year or so ago.

by Sand Box John on May 7, 2014 2:35 pm • linkreport

Have started seeing the new maps on the orange line.

One criticism: I think the L'Enfant Plaza connection is extremely confusing on the map. At all other transfer stations, the "bullseye" actually touches the lines served by that station. At L'Enfant, the bullseye doesn't touch the blue/orange/silver lines, just green/yellow. A person unfamiliar with the system could mistake that to mean the station only serves yellow/green, particularly because that is the first station where those two lines meet and is thus a transfer point. They may assume the blue/orange/silver pass beneath and don't connect. I'm sure this was a major design challenge, but ultimately what they chose is simply inconsistent with the rest of the map.

by MJ on May 7, 2014 4:03 pm • linkreport

It seems like the most confusing things about the maps would be that it shows a line that isn't operational.

by Gray on May 7, 2014 7:10 pm • linkreport

@MJ: I'm pretty sure L'Enfant has always been represented that way. But I can see your point.

by jimble on May 7, 2014 9:38 pm • linkreport

Do to the limited time I had available when I wrote my previous post I was unable to mention that the 7k prototype testing and evaluation program is being moved lock stock and barrel to the Shady Grove Yard. The reason why is to get out of the way of the contractor building the test track for the production cars that come after the conclusion of the testing and evaluation of the prototypes.

Me thinks the movement through Union Station was a transfer move of the prototype set from Greenbelt Yard to Shady Grove yard.

It is also my understanding that Kawasaki will deliver another 4 car set by the middle of May.

by Sand Box John on May 7, 2014 10:01 pm • linkreport

What about the copyright notice? Did they spell WMATA correctly? I only ask because the MetroRail maps used to read "Washington Metropolitian (sic) Area Transit Authority."

by Citizen on May 8, 2014 1:12 am • linkreport

it would be nice if the station area maps were updated to show the local bus stops and the nearby bus lines.

you get out at a station and you have no clue where the bus lines stop or what lines run in the immediate area.

it would be nice to step out at say minnesota avenue and the map to show you what lines run on minnesota and what run on Benning

by patb on May 9, 2014 2:28 am • linkreport


They have all those maps in the stations themselves. They can be hard to spot sometimes but they're there.

by drumz on May 9, 2014 8:09 am • linkreport

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