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WMATA fantasy combo map

Many proposals are floating around for Metro expansion. Some have been thoroughly researched by government and are just waiting for funding, like the Dulles extension. Others are just suggestions from activists and bloggers. Many are somewhere in between.

To show the ideas in one place, I've created this fantasy map. Click on the map for a large version, and see below (or click on "read more") for an explanation of all the changes.

Update: I've made a couple tweaks based on comments. You can see the original version here.

What's in this map

In approximate order of how close each item is to reality:

Silver Line. The Silver Line splits off the Orange Line, running through Tysons Corner and then along the Dulles Toll Road to the airport and Loudoun County. This includes a station at Wolf Trap, which according to Wikipedia the current plans call for as a future in-fill station.

Purple Line. This light-rail line is built as currently planned, utilizing the alignment through Chevy Chase to Bethesda. I've placed stations where the current studies show them, and tried to determine appropriate names. Any better ideas for the one at Riverdale Road and Veterans Parkway, currently labeled "BW Parkway"? (It's now Wildercroft. Thanks WashCycle!)

Infill stations in Alexandria. Alexandria gets two new stations, at Potomac Yards along the Potomac, and Eisenhower Valley along the Beltway, both sites planned for new high-density development. The City of Alexandria has looked into requiring the developers to contribute to the stations.

Green Line to BWI. Maryland officials have been talking seriously about this. They want BWI to compete with Dulles for area flyers, and in addition to the growth in the I-95 corridor, DoD is planning to move more operations to Fort Meade. I've added a station at Calverton as suggested by Just Up the Pike and Howard County Blog.

Separate Blue Line. Back in 2001, WMATA proposed creating a new route for the Blue Line through downtown DC. This would allow the Blue Line to avoid sharing track with the Orange and Silver Lines, since once the Silver Line opened, it would be difficult to fit all those trains through the single pair of tracks from Rosslyn to Stadium-Armory.

The suggested route was mostly the same, runing along M Street to Mount Vernon Square and Union Station, but I could find few details. The Blue Line should run to a new set of platforms at Rosslyn, giving people a cross-platform transfer between Blue and Orange or Silver, and preserving track connections for the Blue Line to run over the old route if needed.

The line would stop in Georgetown, then run along M Street stopping in the West End, at the intersection of Connecticut Avenue and Rhode Island Avenue (does this area have a name?), then Thomas Circle (providing better transit access to Logan Circle as well as the offices in this area), and then Mount Vernon Square. It would then turn south on New Jersey Avenue, with a station here to serve the new development in this area, and then east on H Street with a connection to Union Station. Finally, it would continue along H Street where DC currently is planning a streetcar, and then along Benning Road to reconnect with the existing Blue Line.

Due to the WMATA map's existing distortion, the line appears to turn south between Connecticut Avenue and Mount Vernon Square, where in reality that part is straight and the curve is instead between Mount Vernon Square and Union Station. Likewise, the part east of Union Station is due east-west in reality.

The original plan appeared to connect this Blue Line it to the other lines at Stadium-Armory, but Stadium-Armory station is actually south of the Benning Road bridge over the Anacostia that the trains take. This map adds a new station at the eastern edge of the river, between the River Terrace neighborhood and the Pepco Benning Road plant which is slated to be closed and could become a high-density mixed-use development. This station would be very close to Minnesota Avenue on the Orange Line, but seems to be the best option. That station should again have cross-platform connections between the Blue Line and Orange Line, and also a pocket track for the Silver Line to turn around. It should also preserve the track connections for operational flexibility, allowing the Largo trains to still access the tracks through Capitol Hill if necessary.

Connection between Farragut North and Farragut West (and the new Blue Line station at Connecticut Avenue). These stations are all close to each other, and WMATA has studied a pedestrian tunnel from Farragut North to Farragut West. In this map, that tunnel was built, and also extends under Connecticut Avenue another block to M Street.

Jefferson Memorial station. The National Coalition to Save Our Mall suggests a visitors center, tour bus parking, and Metro Station by the Jefferson Memorial along the Yellow Line route. This would also provide access to possible new memorial sites (reducing pressure for the memorials to go on the Mall itself) and make the Jefferson Memorial less inaccessible.

Brown Line. Michael Schade suggested this line and Richard Layman posted about it. At the New Partners conference, I also spoke to a Price George's County official who wants to run Metro to the National Harbor development, just south of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge on the Maryland side.

In this map, the Brown Line starts at Franconia-Springfield, providing a transfer at Eisenhower Avenue for Yellow Line riders before crossing the Potomac. There are many potential alignments from here to the Green Line, which could run more in the District or more in PG County. I've tried to split the difference, but I don't know the neighborhoods down there. The line should really go through places where the local officials are interested in building dense transit-oriented developments.

The line reconnects to the Green Line at Congress Heights and continues to Navy Yard, providing added service for this growing area and the stadium as well as the potential new development and soccer stadium at Poplar Point. The Brown Line Richard Layman posted split off just east of Navy Yard and ran along the East side of the Capitol, but since the Metro station at Union Station is west of the station, this map shows the line running west of the Capitol, intersecting the Orange and Silver Lines at Federal Center SW and then along Louisiana Avenue to Union Station with a stop at the Mall, called Smithsonian East. Consequently, the existing Smithsonian stop is now Smithsonian West. I've restored the original Schade-Layman proposal, splitting off before Navy Yard to a separate platform under New Jersey Ave SE, then continuing to Union Station under 1st St with a stop between East Capitol and Maryland Ave, right in front of the Capitol Visitors Center and the Supreme Court.

Yellow Line/Green Line wye. To provide more service flexibility and enhance Metro's ability to handle the crowds at the Navy Yard ballpark, this map adds a connection where the Yellow Line northbound can switch to the Green Line southbound. These trains could turn at Navy Yard, or run to Anacostia if there is a future stadium at Poplar Point, or potentially on to Branch Avenue or the Brown Line.

What's not in this map

This map doesn't encompass every suggested transit improvement. Here are some of the top items I'd like to add in the future (also in approximate order of realism):

Water, parks, the Beltway, etc. The WMATA map shows more geographic features of the region, including water and parks, as well as the major federal attractions, the Beltway, and county boundaries. It also has symbols for park-and-rides, MARC, VRE, and Amtrak. I'd like this map to have all that, but it's some work to do.

Corridor Cities Transitway. Montgomery County is already planning a light rail line or bus rapid transit extending outward from Shady Grove. Action Committee for Transit has their own proposals. Once I have time to fully grok the plans I'd like to add this. Perhaps in this fantasy world, the Red Line itself could go beyond Shady Grove with a light rail line hitting the office parks in Gaithersburg that ACT is concerned about.

DC Streetcars. I've said in the past that streetcar lines aimed at visitors from other parts of DC and the region and at tourists should appear on the Metro map. This map has a heavy rail line where the H Street streetcar will go, but it could show the Anacostia streetcar or other proposed routes.

Express service. Some of the outer suburban lines could use express tracks, allowing for a faster ride from some of the high-density transit-oriented destinations while still allowing intermediate stops. For example, a Silver Line express could run from Loudon to Dulles and Reston and then skip the intermediate park-and-rides between there and Tysons, or even bypass Tysons (though that may be less desirable). Same for the Red Line if extended beyond Shady Grove, or the Green Line to BWI.

Metro to Columbia. Howard County Blog suggests running the Yellow Line up the Route 29 corridor to Columbia. Columbia today is pretty low-density, though it is also more walkable than most suburbs and has small village centers, one per village. Extending a Metro line there would be most appropriate if there were a dense area, perhaps downtown where the mall's operator wants to build apartments over the mall parking. Another option might be light rail running around Columbia and over to the Guilford station, or even extending the Baltimore light rail from BWI through Columbia and then back to the Green Line.

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Cool.

Suggestions:

rename BW Parkway as "Wildercroft" and the Center for Physics as "Calvert Park"

I'm not sure West End has a name, but Jefferson Place or Scott Circle might work. Or you could call it Connecticut Avenue or National Geographic.

Rename Starburst as "Trinidad". Drop Gallaudet U from the NY Avenue station and rename 7th St NE as Gallaudet.

I've seen the River Terrace Station in some plan for the area, but I can't recall which one. I'd also add an Oklahoma Avenue station (as originally planned for metro) to the Orange line east of Stadium-Armory. With RFK to be abandoned that area could be ripe for redevelopment too.

I'd follow the Richard Layman plan for the Brown line. Namely from Navy Yard under 1st street to Capitol South, a stop at Maryland Avenue(Capitol-Supreme Court) and then to Union Station.

And finally, why expand the Green Line to BWI? Would it not be easier and cheaper to expand the Orange line - along the existing rail road right-of-way past Ft. Meade to BWI. The reason the green line expansion has been proposed has everything to do with Konterra Town Center and the power its ownership group exerts and nothing to do with expediency.

Still, cool map.

by washcycle on Feb 19, 2008 12:23 pm • linkreport

I think I'm convinced that the original Schade-Layman Brown Line plan is better. I had thought that 1) it would be better to share the Navy Yard station, 2) it would be hard to get over from 1st St NE to the Union Station station (which, while on 1st St NE, is not lined up).

To 1, having a separate station would alleviate platform crowding after games, but for residents it would force them to choose stations if they were going to transfer to, say, the Red Line and didn't care which one. To 2, it's mostly parking and parkland between the Capitol and Union Station anyway. Also, I had forgotten that the Capitol Visitors Center will front on 1st St NE, so this is the right spot for a station to get tourists to the Capitol.

West End is different than Connecticut Avenue (or as you suggest maybe Jefferson Place or Scott Circle). The station currently labeled Connecticut Ave would probably be between 17th and 18th. I considered Scott Circle but it's at 16th and N which could be confusing. West End would be around 23rd/24th and M (near the Trader Joe's), and West End is what the neighborhood is actually called.

I'll go with Wildercroft unless others disagree (I don't know those neighborhoods either). As for Center for Physics, it looks from the map (PDF) that the stop will be at the Physics Ellipse, and Google Maps says Calvert Park is across the railroad tracks, unless I'm missing something. Is that whole area including the Calvert Recreation Center called Calvert Park? What's across River Road from Physics Ellipse (on Google Maps it looks like empty dirt).

Interesting point about the Green Line. Maybe the Orange Line should go to BWI and the Green Line to Columbia or something.

An Oklahoma Avenue station would basically be in what is now the RFK Stadium parking lot? Perhaps that area would be better suited with a Blue Line stop? The Blue Line currently has 3 fewer stops from Rosslyn to River Terrace anyway.

by David Alpert on Feb 19, 2008 1:08 pm • linkreport

I have always found the Jefferson Memorial as inspirational as the Lincoln -- but because of the access issues, I almost never visit it. I love the idea of a public transit solution that would give a truly Liberal president his due

by Justin Krebs on Feb 19, 2008 1:18 pm • linkreport

West End is fine, I was just trying to come up with some alternatives. I guess it depends on where the stop is exactly.

Across the street from the Physics Ellipse (and all around it) they're building the M-Square Research Park, which features the new NOAA Building among other things. There may be naming possibilities in that. Calvert Hills (not Calvert Park) is what the area has historically been called. Technically it's on both sides of the track.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/rethinkcollegepark/377791508/

A blue line stop at OK avenue might work as well. The idea of course is to develop the RFK parking lot into mixed use around the station and parkland along the river and further south.

by washcycle on Feb 19, 2008 1:35 pm • linkreport

I like it... a few things ...

1. show walkway between MC and Gallery Place ?

2. One of the suggestions in the comments on the brown line was to loop the line west and add some stations in the heart of the city. I think that's a pretty good idea. Here are two comments about it:

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That's a great idea -- make it even better and swing that brown line up across the top and have it meet up with the Red at Tenley Circle Of the District and bring some much need East West congestion relief and connection across the top. This could follow the alignment of Military Road and give stops at Kennedy Street/Military Road and Kansas in Petworth -- which is slated for commercial district improvements -- and a stop at Brightwood which will have a major development at the old Chevy dealer lot break ground soon. Another station could be at Nebraska and Connecticut. There's a lot of the upper part of the District that is not well served by Metorail. And there's a need for better cross town routes.

Inaudible Nonsense (DC1974)

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I like the idea of adding a Military Road cross-town route to the Brown Line - more or less following the E2/E3/E4 bus route. A station near the intersection of Military and Oregon/Glover would have the added benefit of making Rock Creek Park more accessible to a wider segment of the public.

John

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I suggested this:

it could come west as suggested, but then could go south from Tenleytown down Wisconsin Ave. to hook up with the Separated blue line.

But, if it doesn't go down Wisconsin it could go to AU.

And it definitely needs a stop at Poplar Point or "lower" Anacostia -- the distance from the MLK Ave. and Good Hope Road intersection to the Anacostia Metro station is 1.68 miles according to Mapquest.

I agree with your layout including service to National Harbor. I understand Michael's nativism about providing service to Nat. Harbor, but it makes sense.

It also fits in with the Sierra Club efforts to "bring WMATA service across the Wilson Bridge")

-- Wilson bridge graphic http://www.flickr.com/photos/rllayman/368564652/

I agree with David (Washcycle's) suggestion about the Oklahoma Ave. station, that would monetize the RFK lots for redevelopment. I don't agree with calling the Starburst station Trinidad though. Or at the least I would call it H Street-Trinidad (It's at the very edge of Trinidad, really not within it, although the old trolley barn on the 1500 block of Benning Road was called Trinidad.)

The other H St. station, yep, it makes sense to call it H Street-Gallaudet

3. If you note the original Post graphic of the separated blue line, it provides a new tunnel crossing. I think that's key. You can't magically add capacity at the Rosslyn Tunnel for more trains to come through. I don't know why engineering-wise, but I think WMATA says that they can only run trains through about every 2 minutes. (I just looked at notes that I took from a speech by P. Takis Salpeas but unfortunately I didn't write down that number.)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/rllayman/499504849/ -- Post graphic

4. You took off the stop at Arlington Cemetery. This is a tough one. What I would do is have a shuttle between Pentagon and Rosslyn. Like Princeton's Dinky or the shuttle between Penn Station and the Mount royal LR stop in Baltimore.

Then the Silver Line becomes the blue line and the Southern Blue line service is yellow line. Although that screws people from Fairfax, Alexandria and southern Arlington from getting to Rosslyn and Wilson Blvd.

I know this is asking for an awful lot, but are these kinds of changes possible? Then, I could use this map in my revised version of the People's Transportation Plan...

Thanks.

by Richard Layman on Feb 19, 2008 2:49 pm • linkreport

i noticed that the arlington cemetery stop disappeared. is that intentional?

the connecticut avenue station could be renamed "longfellow", after the statue at 18th, M, and connecticut.

by IMGoph on Feb 19, 2008 2:52 pm • linkreport

IMGoph: No, that was an accident. I'll fix it.

I'm also working on some of Richard's suggestions. To clarify, I definitely would expect the Blue Line to go in a different tunnel. The lines are so thick, though, that I can't see a way to make that clear. Maybe if/when I put the rivers in.

by David Alpert on Feb 19, 2008 3:00 pm • linkreport

Arlington Cemetery is now fixed.

by David Alpert on Feb 19, 2008 3:33 pm • linkreport

Great map. I'd like to see the brown line continued across the top of the city with stops in Brightwood and at Kennedy/Military Road, plus another stop at Nebraska/Military Road and Nebraska/Connecticut and maybe 16th Street too. And then connect over to Tenleytown/AU. We need better East-West transit in the top part of the District.

by Christopher on Feb 19, 2008 4:46 pm • linkreport

I find it easier to see where potential tracks could be when I use GoogleMaps satellite maps; helps avoid the issue with WMATA's non-geographically accurate maps.

For example, here is a realigned blue line I whipped up:

http://i30.tinypic.com/2n8wieq.png

I thought it better to run it farther North (either O or P St in NW) across town than you have it, for a few reasons. First of all, a two-track bridge across the Potomac would be cheaper than a tunnel, and there's a bit of open space where it could enter a hill and head east under Georgetown. Why else? Shutting down M St to do a cut and cover operation would probably be a non-starter for the businesses in G'town. Not the mention concerns about the soil. Moving farther North to go through Georgetown would probably put it on firmer ground.

Also, across 'Downtown,' M st is too close to the existing orange/blue line alignment for me- only 3 big blocks north of it. It seems a bit redundant to add a parallel line so close. The tunnel connecting Farragut West-Farrugut North- and the new "Longfellow" blue line stop would probably be a half a mile long, so it'd cost more than it would be worth, imo. Better to have the blue line connect with Dupont Circle, then follow Massachusetts Ave southeast until it could follow M St east to connect to the Convention Center.

And hey, while we're dreaming, why does the Purple Line have to stop at New Carrollton? It could run above ground in the middle of the beltway through that part of PGC, and connect with the Largo town and Branch ave stations! Hell, it could go across the Wilson bridge if the brown line isn't happening.

by Jason on Feb 19, 2008 4:52 pm • linkreport

I too feel M st is too far south. I'd even go as far north as Florida Avenue (in fact I thought that's where you had it when I called 7th Street NE Gallaudet). But I'm not going to fight you on.

by washcycle on Feb 19, 2008 7:50 pm • linkreport

M street is perfect. Yes, it is somewhat redundant to the orange line, but that's the point: Metro currently lacks redundancy. Adding it by adding more track to existing lines and tunnels is prohibitively expensive. Furthermore, given the rather high density through that area of downtown (the rest of the new Blue is sufficiently far away from the Orange, in my opinion), a more dense network of subway lines isn't a bad thing.

What the new Blue does is not just expand the area serviced by a high level of transit (i.e. within a 1/4 mile of a station entrance), but it allows a greater level of service on both the orange and blue lines outside of their currently shared track.

On that note of interlining, the new Brown line concerns me. As we've learned with WMATA's blue line split proposal, the max capacity for a two track corridor is 26 trains per hour, about one every 135 seconds. The Red line currently operates at peak at 24 trains per hour. How will the Brown line fit into that? Or was there going to be another track added? Also, the proposed Brown line travels under 1st street behind the Capitol - remember that there is already a train tunnel there, connecting Union Station to the south.

Expansions within the core should concentrate on separating the interlined sections. The New Blue does that. At some point, separating the Yellow and Green will become necessary.

Great map, though. I've been daydreaming of a similar kind of map for quite some time, myself.

by Alex B on Feb 19, 2008 10:30 pm • linkreport

Hey! Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space pointed me to your fantasy map - and while that was enough to floor me, I was glad to see a shout-out to my blog. One question, though: for all the talk I hear of how ideal places like Rockville and Tysons are (and Tysons could be very contentious), I haven't seen much mention of my Silver Spring around here. Credit is due!

Thanks,

Dan Reed

www.justupthepike.com

by dan reed on Feb 20, 2008 12:05 am • linkreport

I know you've made different decisions in your later, larger map, but building Metro to BWI would be an insane waste of resources. There's already a perfectly good rail line between DC and BWI -- it's called the Northeast Corridor. Mainline rail systems in Europe and Asia routinely offer metro-quality headways in built-up areas -- it would surely be much cheaper to add capacity to this line than to build miles and miles of new third-rail track off into the burbs.

What could really make a difference at BWI would be to put the Northeast Corridor in a tunnel under the terminal to make the transfer easier. That too would cost a ton of money, but it could be paid for in part by offering the surface space vacated by the tracks up for development.

by Josh on Feb 21, 2008 4:50 pm • linkreport

395-95 south corridor south needs coverage.

by dcpatton on May 1, 2008 12:50 pm • linkreport

If this is a fantasy map, then I suggest making the Purple Line run full circle, connecting all points of the beltway and running through VA as well.

by Jessica on May 1, 2008 3:55 pm • linkreport

I really like this map. I'm a fan of thinking about how DC could improve itself, and I think creating a full metro network is the way to do it.

Some things that might be worth adding (since we're talking fantasy):

1) Extension of the Purple Line from Bethesda to Tysons Corner. I've heard that a full loop was the original goal.

2) An express line to Dulles: I'm thinking from Metro Center to Rosslyn to Dulles? The Silver Line will be a great alternative to driving for commuters from Loudon County to Tysons Corner and the District, but I think will not be ideal for an airport train. The toll road/express is already a great way for people in the suburbs to get out to the airport--I've never seen traffic on it and it is a breeze. An express train would be ideal for those living in the city who don't have cars and may not like to sit on a train for 2 hours...

Anyway, like the blog. Will keep reading.

by Nick on May 2, 2008 11:29 am • linkreport

a pedestrian tunnel between Metro Center and Gallery Place would help smooth Red to Orange-Blue to Yellow-Green passenger flows. or, Metro should enable free "overland transfers" on the Smartrip card.

by pqresident on May 5, 2008 12:18 am • linkreport

Love your design. I agree with practically all your notes and many of the commentors. One of the things that has always irked me about Metro is the College Park stop. It opened in the mid or late 90's, I think, which would have put it in service right around the time I graduated in 1995. Had the station been anywhere on campus, it would have improved the ridership and the line itself.

In fact, the Baltimore-Washington 2012 Olympic bidding proposal included adding either an expansion or additional station to serve the campus center (I believe under Stamp Student Union).

The never ending problem is funding. The various governmental entities in the area will want their portion built first, then not agree to funding for later sections.

by Big Money Tony on May 5, 2008 5:17 pm • linkreport

This is absolutely AWESOME. Can we get a petition set up for this? WOW. Why the hell doesn't our Congress spend money to improve the supposed "Capital of the free world" instead of destroying Iraq and over funding the military industrial complex? Shame on them!

by Sean Robertson on May 6, 2008 4:53 pm • linkreport

Agree with another commentor that purple should go to Tysons, may actually relieve some of the traffic on 270 and Legion Bridge. Occasionally there has been talk of extending Yellow down to Fort Belvior.

by Wriiight on Jun 10, 2008 4:34 pm • linkreport

Extend the Orange Line from New Carrolton to include Lanham, Annapolis Road, Collington, Old Bowie and Bowie State University.

All the other Universities in the DC area are metro accesible, why not include Bowie State? It is in the DC area.

by AJ on Jun 14, 2008 1:52 pm • linkreport

Heavy rail extensions out into low-density suburban or rural areas are not a good idea unless the jurisdiction is serious about creating high density there. That's not the case there. But this newer version of my map includes light rail to Bowie State.

by David Alpert on Jun 18, 2008 12:45 pm • linkreport

Farragut North was built with a knock-out panel to allow for a pedestrian tunnel under the square to Farragut West. Not sure if the latter station has a knock-out panel but would assume so. So, more than mere study, there is a physical accommodation built in the early 1970s.

Union Station includes a fairly long pedestrian tunnel that was intended to feed the never-built Eisenhower Arena on H Street. It starts at the North mezzanine, hidden behind a "temporary" wall. This could probably be worked into a transfer scheme to a new blue/brown station.

by Randy Kuning on Jul 22, 2008 8:12 am • linkreport

Can you add the CCT as an extension of the Red Line, the extension of the Silver Line to Hagerstown, Frederick, Harpers Ferry, & Martinsburg & the Water, parks, the Beltway, etc. in the WMATA map in version 3.0?

by Gian Rivero on Jul 30, 2008 9:47 am • linkreport

You should also illustrate Fairfax County's plans to extend the Orange Line further out along I-66. Stops are planned for at: Fairfax Corner/Fair Oaks Mall (land as been put aside for this), Stringfellow Rd, Centreville (in between Lee Highway and the future Stone Rd/Braddock Rd connection).

This has been in their approved long rage land use plan and transportation plan for some time now. The County's Chairman was about to begin a new study on this extenstion last year until the FTA debacle with the Silver Line funding came up.

by Bernie Suchicital on Aug 25, 2008 4:07 pm • linkreport

Suggestions:

The green line should be extended further out into PG county.

by Lisa & Arlo on Oct 11, 2008 9:00 pm • linkreport

Since we're trying to improve our very good Metro system (and this is a fantasy map!), I would like to see the names of some of the existing Metro stations changed. Some aren't station names as much as descriptors of everything in the area, including the worst offenders:

Archives–Navy Memorial–Penn Quarter

Mount Vernon Square/7th Street–Convention Center

New York Avenue–Florida Avenue–Gallaudet Univ

U Street/African-American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo

I don't know these areas especially well, so I don't have better names. But, I think the simplicity of names like Museum (in Sydney) and Covent Garden (in London) is much more elegant -- and easier for you and WMATA to make your maps.

To minimize confusion, why not shorten the above to:

Archives

Mt Vernon Square

Gallaudet

Cardozo

Thoughts?

by Roger on Nov 5, 2008 3:42 pm • linkreport

Shortening station names for simplicity sounds like a good idea.

Three other notes on that map:

- I know the official Silver Line corridor extends into Loudoun County, but I don't realistically see it extending beyond Dulles Airport. And even getting it past Tysons Corner will be difficult.

- As another poster suggested a long time ago, there were serious proposals earlier in the decade to extend the Orange Line west to either Centreville or Gainesville. Centreville would be more realistic.

- The transportation component of the Fairfax County Comprehensive Plan recommends extending the Yellow Line south to Fort Belvoir. Surprised you didn't catch this one when you created your map.

by Froggie on Nov 5, 2008 9:23 pm • linkreport

I like the Greenline to BWI, but the brown line makes no sense. You can't steal capacity from the Red line to have a line operate only on the eastern fringe of the CBD. Most riders want to go west of there. As it is now many riders from the Yellow/Green transfer to go west at LEnfant Plaza and Gallery Pl.

I'd like to see a map with the Silver Line, M Street Blue and Green to BWI map. That is the 2030 map.

by bobprevidi on Jan 19, 2009 7:15 am • linkreport

You have some good ideas but, I would offer a few other suggestions:

1. Extend the Green Line (or add another line that would be called the White Line)from the Branch Avenue Station all the way to La Plata Md. This line would free up a lot of traffic and Charles County is one of the fastest growing counties in the State of Maryland.

2. Add more parking to Branch Avenue, New Carrollton, and the Vienna Metro stations. All three end of the line stations lack adequate parking.

by Michael on Feb 19, 2009 9:43 am • linkreport

The Red Line needs to continue on Conn. another half mile, at least, to accommodate residents of all the high-rise apartment buildings along that route. Why it veers west onto Wisc. after Van Ness to accommodate an area without high rise density is beyond me. It makes no sense.

Another problem with Arlington Cemetery station is that ALL the benches to sit on while waiting for a train are uncovered - i.e. in direct sun. With so many elderly people visiting in the summer, this is a real health hazard.

by Capt. Hilts on Feb 19, 2009 9:54 am • linkreport

Great map and a lot of great ideas floating around. A brainstorming success!

I lived in DC/Arlington from 1994-2000. Throughout this time I refused to own a car and relied on Metro to get me everywhere I needed to go. It's not a perfect system (hub and spoke), but neither is the NYC Subway (with the exception of the G line every line runs through Manhattan..similar hub and spoke).

I would like to see a connection between Georgetown and Tenleytown along Wisconsin Ave. This line could run from Shady Grove through Georgetown and then out to Arlington and Loudon. I would also like to see a spur off the Red Line at Dupont Circle that can run up Columbia Rd. to a station in Adams-Morgan at 18th/Columbia Rd. On the other end it can branch off after the NY Ave. Station and run through NE along NY Ave. and Bladensburg Rd. Another idea is after the Rockville Station, run the Red Line next to the MARC tracks to connect in Silver Spring and then follow the Red Line through the District to a terminus at Farragut North or Adams-Morgan (per my earlier comment).

Crosstown and intercounty connections are important given the development outside of the District and the shift in commuting patterns. I really miss Metro. I wish San Francisco had a similar system. The MUNI system is pathetic. 5 light-rail lines converge in one tunnel. These lines (with the exception of the T and Embarcadero section of the N) do not have dedicated lanes so delays are common. BART is a glorified commuter rail system connecting several counties. So sad given that parts of SF have density rates similar to NYC.

by sf4fun66 on Mar 1, 2009 2:55 pm • linkreport

As a lifelong resident of the DC area (born in Bethesda), it would be great to have even more metro stations throughout the DC area, especially in major high-density hot spots like Georgetown, Dulles Airport, BWI Airport, and National Harbor.

I also think that the I-95 highway should be re-routed completely off the circular Capitol Beltway in order to dramatically reduce traffic and congestion. There should be a bypass highway from Woodridge, VA -to- Laurel, Md. In my opinion, this is an even bigger issue to resolve than adding more metro stations.

by john a. saah on May 5, 2009 5:55 pm • linkreport

I read a similar description of a separate Blue Line. The proposed M St NW route only works so far. Heading east out of G'town, the traffic flows essentially onto Rhode Island. With the exception of a few minor spots, M St becomes a residential street pretty much to N Capitol with a very narrow right-of-way. Have the Blue Line turn Northeast to follow Rhode Island. The transfer point to the Green & Yellow Lines becomes Shaw-Howard U. vice Mt Vernon Sq.

The rest of the route: the Blue follows Rhode Island until it reaches North Capitol and turns south. It follows North Capitol south to Massachusetts and tunnels under Columbus Circle in front of Union Station. Have it turn to the north under 2nd St NE and make a sharp right onto H St NE. Have it follow your path of H St NE to Benning to the bridge over the Anacostia and into your River Terrace Station.

The route follows major boulevards/avenues except in the very short stretch on the east side of Union Station.

This route allows stations at Logan Circle, LeDroit Park at the Florida/RI/NJ intersection, Bloomington, Eckington at probably the Lincoln Rd/Florida intersection along N Capitol, south of New York Ave along N Capitol, and another stop around Gonzaga College as it reaches the cross transfer with the Red & Brown Lines at Union Station.

It also permits Metro to consider a extension of a line under Rhode Island all the way into Maryland. Every neighborhood along Rhode Island would benefit tremendously from direct Metro access (Woodridge to name one in particular), and the inner suburbs of Mount Rainier, Cottage City, North Brentwood, and the Hyattsville Art District would be natural stops. If Metro was smart, a turn under the railroad would give access to Edmonston and Bladensburg. The line's terminus makes sense at the site of the demolished Capital Plaza Mall. If Metro is not smart, then the line can follow the tracks until the junction with the Green Line.

Last point: Extend the Green Line past Branch Ave with one final stop at Andrews AFB. The main population center is very close to 495 and the Branch Ave terminus sits within a short distance (I'd guess ~2 miles).

Otherwise, OUTSTANDING fantasy map!

by ja_losie on May 12, 2009 5:05 pm • linkreport

Since I actually live in Prince George's County (for over 25 years now) I figure I could offer some advice on this "Fantasy Metro Map" on the eastern side of the Capital Beltway.

I suggest a Metro station along the green line that extends past the current terminus of Branch Avenue headed in the general direction of Brandywine, Md. Along the way, I would suggest the folowing stops:

1) Camp Springs / Rte 5 (a south-southeasterly direction from Branch Avenue, with the idea of continuing towards Charles County / Waldorf Corridor)

2) Woodyard Road (a southerly direction from Camp Springs, [IVO Route 223 and Rte 5 intersection] further lending to the Waldorf idea)

3) Brandywine / U.S. 301 (close to a new development of bustling and rapidly developing communities and could alleviate a considerable amount of traffic congestion along 301)

4) Waldorf Marketplace (idea actualized [sort of, since it just a wish list], heading south-southwesterly from Brandywine along Rte 301 and would be a welcome addition as opposed to the controversial "Waldorf Bypass")

by Wheatfield on Sep 28, 2009 8:42 pm • linkreport

I'd like to change the name of my first suggested stop. I like ja_losie's idea of naming that first stop Andrews AFB (shame since I live just off Allentown Road that I didn't think of that) especially with the BRAC re-alignment upcoming and countless communities popping up all around the base, it only makes sense.

by Wheatfield on Sep 28, 2009 9:12 pm • linkreport

I like it, but I'd separate the silver line from the orange line just west of Rosslyn and route it onto the blue line tracks going south. At or just before Pentagon, I'd separate silver from blue and route it north along the yellow line. The silver line would then separate from the yellow at L'Enfant and follow its original route east.

There two reasons to do this. First, as soon as the silver line is operational, three lines will share the tracks from Rosslyn to Stadium-Armory. Routing the silver line on single-line tracks will help with congestion. This is a relatively simple solution (three short connector tunnels) that can be implemented quickly and cheaply.

Second, it would reduce the trip time to Dulles from downtown DC. It could cut out 5-7 stops from L'Enfant plaza, depending on exactly how it's implemented. Adding express service is difficult when there are only two tracks in any given direction and much of the track is in tunnels (difficult to add tracks).

by Ambs on Oct 11, 2009 1:11 am • linkreport

@Ambs: the tracks to do what you mention (direct from orange eastbound to blue southbound and blue southbound to yellow northbound) don't exist, so that would be a pretty expensive upgrade especially in Rosslyn.

by Michael Perkins on Oct 11, 2009 9:48 am • linkreport

Instead of have the yellow line copy the green line to Fort Totten, have it split off at Columbia Heights. From Columbia Heights add a Mt. Pleasant stop.

Then you could either pop down for a proper Adams Morgan stop and then Woodley, or over to Cleveland Park.

From Cleveland or Woodley the line could go over to National Cathedral or the big development planned near the Cactus Cantina.

Then a proper stop for the AU kiddies and then... Sibley?

Dunno, but lots of density and underserved places.

by Jay on Oct 24, 2009 12:51 pm • linkreport

I feel that a great long term goal would be to extend the Red line from Shady Grove to Hagerstown, MD. To accomplish this in the most cost effective manner would be to initially build the line without being electrified (Electrification cost approximately 2 million dollars a mile) but designed to be electrified later in increments in the interim they could obtain Diesel Multi Units (DMU) similar to the type of equipment that NJ Transit is running on their River Line from Trenton, NJ to Camden, NJ with the added capacity to be dual mode with the ability to operate as a Diesel Electric or straight Electric. The line could be built from the present end of line in Shady Grove to a Huge Park and Ride facility at the I-70 & I-81 Junction near Hagerstown. The line could be built with no condemnation of private property by following the center line of I-270 to Frederick then I-70 to Hagerstown, I know my Idea sounds a bit radical but I feel this would be the most cost effective way to bring commuters from Western Maryland in to the DC Metro area and on the same note the Silver Line could be extended to Winchester, using a similar format and running the center line of Va. Route 7.

by Jack Bleiberg on Jan 1, 2010 4:46 pm • linkreport

I really like this map!

I don't think you want to share the Red Line tracks with a Brown Line. The Red Line tracks are already full of trains at peak periods, so you can't fit more trains for another line. I suggest that instead, from Maryland going North, you have the Brown Line turn west and share the New Blue Line tracks starting at Union Station. This would increase the number of trains on the New Blue Line track.

by Colin on Mar 12, 2010 12:01 am • linkreport

Cool Map!

Can't comment much on Maryland side as I live in Alexandria so:
Sadly, I don't think the brown line connection from National Harbor to Alexandria is feesable. Making a tunnel would be way to expensive I'm betting, and the bridge would have to be super high in order to allow ships to pass under, as a Metro draw-bridge would not be a good idea! Also, with the current i495 expansion, as well as the current build-up around Eisenhower station, I don't see there being much more room for a connection.
New Blue line tunnel could be very do-able if the money is there for it, and I think a connection to Georgetown (and the college there) is much needed.
Funny enough, I was look at this book in Borders today that had old maps of Metros, and they had an old master map for the DC Metro. It has the Yellow Line actually going further down to "Fairfield" (in Hybla Valley I suspect), and had multiple extensions from Van Dorn going to Burke and Springfield.
The biggest thing I've always seen need was a line that went down 395, at least to Skyline/Bailey's Xroads. More than likely I'd see it comming from Pentagon down 395 with at least 3 stops near Shirlington, King Street (access to NOVA), and Seminary Road/Mark Center.
Obviously there is no way any of this would come to fruition unless the Feds decided to really invest a TON of money into our local transit system. But yeah, lets keep on hoping!
-R

by Richard Allen Brooks on Jun 4, 2010 10:37 pm • linkreport

Richard: the inside shoulder on the Wilson Bridge Thru Lanes was designed and built to accommodate any future rail transit that comes to pass, up to and including Metrorail. That's where any such "Brown Line" would cross the river.

Fairfield would have been past Hybla Valley...towards, but not quite all the way to, Fort Belvoir.

by Froggie on Jun 5, 2010 7:10 am • linkreport

This is great!

by Rana on Jun 30, 2010 1:28 pm • linkreport

plugging for the Brown Line...it makes so much sense.

by Rana on Jun 30, 2010 1:29 pm • linkreport

Three Thoughts:

1. I was thinking if they exspanded the Purple line for two spots in PG county. Make one for Fed Ex field and end at the Blue line of Largo Towne Center.

2. I was thinking exspand the Orange line down Rt. 50. Spots would include Bowie Towne Center, Crofton, Millersville/Crownsville, and stopping at Annopolis Mall.

3. Maybe exspand the Blue Line in PG county a coulpe of stops. First stop at One to PGCC/MVA, Maybe one at Six Flags, one at the new Shopping center (forget name) at Richie Marlboro Rd., and Last one at the PG county court house in Upper Marlboro Rt. 4.

by Rick on Jul 24, 2010 3:40 pm • linkreport

How about a line connecting Rockville with Tysons so you don't have to go all the way into the city to get back out again. A circle that runs parallel along the entire beltway would save lots of time having to go into DC to switch lines.

by Seth Silversmith on Sep 17, 2010 8:00 pm • linkreport

This is a very nice forward looking plan of where mass transit needs to go around here. Hopefully all your work will focus our leaders attention and energy around these most important common goals.

I suggest modifying the "Center for Physics" station on the Purple Line to M Square, as that is the overarching name for the University of Maryland Research Park that it would be serving.

by Rob on Sep 30, 2010 12:48 pm • linkreport

My comments:

Green Line: Rename Calverton (which is west of I-95 and not along the Marc Camden Line) Beltsville or Muirkirk to better describe the station.

Orange Line: Continue eastward from New Carrolton to Bowie Town Center and possibly to Annapolis

Red Line eastern branch: Continue north from Glenmont with the following stations: Aspen Hill, Leisure World/ MD 200, and terminating at Olney.

Brown Line: Snake it from one of the Eisenhower stations to Tyson's Corner, possibly via Shirlington.

One more set of improvements: Build express lines which have limited stops in DC (e.g., Union Station, Gallery Place, Metro Center, L'enfant, etc.) and bypass most local stops. This would drastically cut transit times to the periphery, and allow for alternative tracking in the event of a train malfunction or accident.

That said, stations lying further out from the city should be serviced by MARC or VRE and not WMATA, as these trains can travel those distances faster. MARC should have service seven days a week between 6 AM and 12 midnight, and the lines should all be upgraded to an electrified system.

by Dr. Guy on Nov 1, 2010 10:55 pm • linkreport

I suggest that before any further monies are spent on the MetroRail system, the best utilization of dollars would be to build that purple line and extend it around the entire perimeter of the beltway.

Doing this would make the entire system much more practical and realistic. It would also alleviate a great deal of beltway traffic since it is the existing impracticality of getting from Branch ave to, Springfield to Falls Church/Vienna to Bethesda and and then to Silver Spring and College Park back down to Branch Ave.

by Dan Bouchard on Nov 21, 2010 12:08 pm • linkreport

Why is it that extending the Blue Line to Woodbridge, Quantico or even Stafford is never discussed? Many of the people who work in Norther Virginia and DC live there. Having reliable and timely (VRE is neither) rail transportation would greatly reduce traffic congestion in the region. We spend so much money on road projects that could better be spent on mass transit options.

by Tom on Jul 27, 2011 1:18 pm • linkreport

Frederick County,MD is a fast growing area. I have a few ideas.
1-Extend the Red line. Here are my ideas for future metro stops.
Montogomery County
1-Germantown South
2-Germantown North
3-Clarksburg
4-Hyattstown
Frederick County
5-Urbana South
6-Urbana North
7-Riverview (MD355)
8-South Frederick (S.East St & I70)
9-Downtown Frederick (S.East & W.All Saints st)
10-North Frederick (MD26&MD355)
11-Walkersville (Biggsford RD)
12-Thurmont (US15)
13-Emmittsburg(US15)
I don't know how many people drive U.S 15 north of I70. This road sucks its jammed packed and the further north go it stops being a freeway. I always had the idea that I270 should expand to Mason Dixen Line at Emmittsburg. Here are my exits I created
Urbana Exits
exit 26 (MD80)
exit 28 (Fingerboard Rd)
exit 29 (Abby Church Rd)
Ballenger Creek Exits
exit 31a&b (MD85 - Buckystown Pike)
exit 32 (I70)
Frederick City Exits
exit 33 (US 340 Jefferson St
exit 34a (W.Patrick St MD144)
exit 34b (W.Patrick St US40)
exit 34c (Rosemont Ave)
exit 34d (7th St)
exit 35 (Opposumtown Pike)
exit 35b (MD26)
exit 36 (Haywoos RD)
exit 36b (Wormansmill Rd)
exit 37 (Monocacy Blvd)
Walkersville
exit 38 (Biggsford Rd)
exit 38b (Sundays Lane)
exit 39 (Willowdale RD)

exit 41 (Old Frederick Rd)
exit 42 (Mountaindale Rd)
exit 44 (Lewistown Rd)
exit 46 (MD808)
Thurmont Exits
exit 49 (MD 808&Thurmont BLVD)
exit 50 (MD77 / Main St)
exit 50b (MD550 / Church St)
Emmittsburg Exits
exit 58 (Old Frederick Rd / S. Seton Ave
exit 60 (MD140)
exit 61 (N. Seton Ave)
Thats just my idea. Im sure that will never happen.

by Danny on Oct 5, 2011 2:35 am • linkreport

GREAT MAP!

I agree with many of the previous posts and some under the newest version of the map.

I would like to make an official plea to extend the Orange line West into Gainesville.

Other endorsements include:
One line that completes a loop;
Line(s) that run to Ft. Meade/BWI; and
Extending the Orange line to Gainesville (for emphasis).

Love the map and brainstorming!

by Melissa on Jan 25, 2012 8:42 pm • linkreport

I guess the biggest thing and it was an issue for me was when I lived in Wheaton area and it didn't make sense to use the metro if I wanted to Bethesda. Overall the Metro is created to reduce congestion however it makes no sense for it to take an hour to get from Glenmont to Shady Grove so now with the purple line coming soon that fixes that problem. However I was afraid of this because when the silver line is built. Honestly what is the incentive for me to use the metro if I'm coming from the Glenmont area? So I'm going like an hour out of my way to go south bound and then west but then I have to go north bound?

What I don't get is why don't they connect the purple line at least to the silver line? Secondly why run the silver line on the orange/blue lines. It doesn't show in your picture but in the actual proposed plan it's going to cause a lot of congestion. It's bad enough having two lines on one track however having three lines on one track is going to increase waiting time to get on the train I need in order to get to the destination that I need to go.
Unfortunately I think this whole silver line and purple line were poorly planned. Also why does the purple line need to connect from the orange line to the red line? You aren't going that much out of your way to get to the destination in where you need go. Honestly all the purple line needed to do was to connect the two red lines together/where that gap is but then have it connect to the silver line. Now what's going to happen is that for the people that live in Maryland. Many of them won't take the silver line because who wants to go an hour out of their way. I know one time I want to Dulles airport as I used the rail and then I took a bus and that took me like a couple hours to get there when it only would normally take about 30 minutes if I were to use the beltway. I was pretty disatisfied with the Metro service and I don't think this proposal is going to make things any better especially when I lived in Maryland.

by Jeremiah on Feb 22, 2012 10:28 pm • linkreport

I'm liking this map. A few observations and suggestions, though:

-What's the name of the station on the Brown Line connected to the Navy Yard station? It appears to be unmarked.
-They're also thinking of connecting a few of the downtown stations (definitely Metro Center and Gallery Place, but also Archives and some others I think) by pedestrian walkways as well.
-Maybe instead of rerouting the Blue Line, they can send the Silver line down that path instead? IDK enough to say for sure, but it'd probably be slightly cheaper that way, since you wouldn't need to redo the tracks for the Blue Line at Rosslyn and Stadium-Armory/River Terrace/wherever you're putting the transfer point at all three. In fact, maybe you should consider keeping either the Silver Line's eastern terminus or the Blue and Orange line's split at Stadium Armory to reduce congestion at this new River Terrace station.
-I'm not sure the Brown Line is really necessary. The only real benefit would be service to National Harbor, and a better solution to that would be (and I do believe they've discussed this) extending the Green Line.
-Not trying to sound ignorant or anything, but what's with all the random extensions that go like, 50 miles away from D.C.? Extensions to BWI and Dulles make sense, because they're airports with better service than Reagan, but do we really need rail lines that go out to Columbia or Frederick? They don't seem to be worth it IMO.

by Alex on Jun 14, 2012 4:34 pm • linkreport

(This blog really needs an edit button)
Forget about what I said about rerouting the Silver Line or splitting up the transfer points, I see now why you did what you did there. I will say that the Connecticut Ave station seems unnecessary, though, why not just have the Blue Line go through Farragut North?
Also, on the subject of the Purple Line, I'm not entirely convinced that it should loop all the way around, but at least go out to Tyson's Corner. Also having that and/or a new line go out to Bailey's Crossroad seems like a good idea as well.

by Alex on Jun 15, 2012 12:21 am • linkreport

Fantasy orange line: New Carrollton > Bowie > Crofton > West Annapolis (a new big park and ride facility) > Towne Center > State House/Naval Academy > Queenstown Outlets > St. Michael's > Cambridge > Salisbury Canal Walk > Perdue Chicken > Ocean Pines > Seacrets > Thrashers

by JZ on Oct 26, 2012 9:41 am • linkreport

Maryland is now studying light rail from La Plata, MD to Branch Avenue Metro mostly along right-of-way railroad tracks that parallel MD-5 Branch Avenue and US-301 south of Brandywine. So perhaps extend your Green Line from Branch Avenue to at least Waldorf, which is now a MAJOR population center. (suggested stations would be CAMP SPRINGS, CLINTON, BRANDYWINE, WALDORF-NORTH, AND WALDORF (you could even go further with ST. CHARLES, WHITE PLAINS, and LA PLATA).

Also, with all the Metro map changes last year, you should update your map names to reflect those name changes.

Your map is the closest thing to visionary that WMATA and the regional transit agencies have -- bravo!

-- Rick

by Rick Pike on Dec 12, 2012 1:45 pm • linkreport

To all the people here who suggested extensions in a radial direction:
-Orange line west to Gainesville
-Blue line south to Woodbridge/Stafford
-Green line south to La Plata
-Green line north to BWI
-Red line north to Frederick County
-Any others I forgot

Each of these corridors is already served by commuter rail and/or Amtrak. The service on those routes may be insufficient - but that just means that we have to improve the existing service (more frequent trains, more stops, electrification, etc.) which is pretty cheap.

If, instead we extend Metro lines, it will be MUCH more expensive (digging tunnels for many miles in suburbia), and not much faster, because Metro has to make more stops before it gets to downtown DC.

by Eric on Dec 13, 2012 8:56 am • linkreport

I read many proposals, but I don't think I've ever seen one for a line going through Bailey's Crossroad, Annadale, Burk, and Fairfax Station. Why is that? Those areas are much more populated than the ones on the silver line.

by Johnny on Jan 11, 2013 4:49 pm • linkreport

I suggest adding the MTA Maryland Red line Light Rail which will connect both sides of the WMATA Red line

by Peggy Darlington on Jun 12, 2013 1:53 pm • linkreport

In light of the new 2024 Olympic proposal and the high likelihood that the new stadium and village would be at RFK/Hill East, here's a suggestion for the east end of the silver line:
- Run concurrently along the orange to Deanwood
- Follow the CSX right-of-way through Bladensburg, East Hyattsville, and Riverdale Park
- Merge with the Green Line and run concurrently to Greenbelt or beyond.

(If that's too long a run, the Silver could go to New Carrolton and the Orange could go to Greenbelt.)

This would directly connect the Olympic headquarters with potential venues at UMD (and parking at Greenbelt and other stations to the north). With the northern Blue Line re-alignment (and an added stop at Okla Ave), there would be 3 separate lines serving the area, making it ripe for sizable redevelopment once the Olympics are over.

by novanglus on Aug 27, 2013 4:54 pm • linkreport

The Brown Line under 1st Street NE/SE is no-go. Why ? The existence of Amtrak's 1st Street Tunnel. There'd be a conflict and Amtrak will NEVER allow the mixing of rapid transit and mainline trains on the same tracks. The Brown Line would have to be located under 2nd Street NE / SE or west of the Capital under 1st St NW/SW. I'm sorry about this but we must be realistic.

by Niels Pemberton on Dec 10, 2013 12:33 pm • linkreport

This would be AWESOME!!!
I just want to propose two alterations:

Continue the BROWN line up the existing RED line tracks all the way to Glenmont, THEN reroute the RED line to the east, stemming off after New York Avenue, running under New York Avenue, then Bladensburg Road, out to Riverdale and possibly further. It seems kinda stupid to have the red line go in a horseshoe and have the termini so close together.

Also, have the YELLOW line stem off from the GREEN line after Columbia Heights and continue running north under 16th street, serving the far uptown area, with a transfer to the BROWN line at Silver Spring, and possibly go further northeast.

by TransitTed on Jul 10, 2014 10:18 pm • linkreport

Just saw this post - great ideas, great suggestions in the comments.

I'll second two suggestions that have already been made or alluded to:

1. Something to run the length of Wisconsin down through Glover Park to connect with Georgetown - maybe something that continues into Virginia with a possible blue line through Georgetown. This could run all the way up to connect with the Red Line - at Bethesda. Reroute the Red Line to continue along Connecticut up to where it hits Western Ave. Wisconsin and Connecticut are already relatively dense, but the Red Line only serves portions of each road. (My new Wisconsin line could also do a weird jink over to Ward Circle to put Homeland Security and AU right on a Metro line.)

2. Something to serve that big arm of developed land that stretches from Petworth up to Silver Spring. There aren't a lot of existing large residential or commercial buildings in that area, but a glance at a satellite image of DC shows it as a dense area that's untouched by Metro. A line could run from Silver Spring down Georgia to Petworth, then over to the hospital complex and down 1st NW to McMillan Park (if that monstrosity gets built) and Howard, then over to N. Capitol to Union Station and somewhere east ...or to Noma and continue along Florida to connect with the Florida Ave portion of your updated Blue Line.

by Kevin on Jul 30, 2014 10:23 pm • linkreport

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