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Silver Line back on track

The Post is reporting that DOT Secretary Mary Peters will approve the Metro extension to Dulles, reversing her and the FTA's earlier surprise objections. It must be because I asked her about it on Monday!
David Alpert is the founder of Greater Greater Washington and its board president. He worked as a Product Manager for Google for six years and has lived in the Boston, San Francisco, and New York metro areas in addition to Washington, DC. He now lives with his wife and two children in Dupont Circle. 


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Seriously? This is unbelievable. This should be headline news in the Post!

by Thomas on Apr 30, 2008 10:39 am • linkreport

And what do you know...I just reloaded the Washington Post page and it just came up as the headline. :)

by Thomas on Apr 30, 2008 10:42 am • linkreport

Why not just have the silver line go the new blue line route and keep the blue line the same.

by KK on Apr 30, 2008 4:50 pm • linkreport

Yay. I think your fantasty maps are actually helping to create the future.

Now that the on-again/off-again Silver Line is on again... what is the status of the below-ground/above-ground dilemma?

by Michael on Apr 30, 2008 4:53 pm • linkreport

PS - An aspect of tunneling that hasn't been addressed is the depth of the platform. The deeper a station is, the greater the cost (time-money) of using it. So, if Tysons Corner does get tunnels, I hope the stations are as close to the surface as possible.

No one in their right mind would use the Red Line to go from Dupont to Farragut North because by the time you go up and down all those escalators you may as well have walked between the two stations.

And I would also expect that having stations at a higher elevation than the rest of the track would provide an additional benefit, by providing a natural brake while entering (going uphill), and a natural acccelerator when exiting (going downhill).

by Michael on Apr 30, 2008 4:58 pm • linkreport

Michael, you're right. montreal's system is set up just this way ("humping" I think it's humorously called) for just that reason.

by washcycle on May 1, 2008 1:42 pm • linkreport

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