D.C. Metro Considers Building New Stations to Ease Congestion

Excerpt from Washington Post

Dec 19, 2013 9:20 am

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The planning committee’s proposal is somewhat outdated in that it doesn’t consider other infrastructure changes including bike lanes and car pools that could cost less and ease commutes in a quicker amount of time.

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Metro is trying to find long-term solutions for alleviating congestion in its 37-year-old rail system, and the agency’s planning staff argues that adding longer cars or building various streetcar, light-rail and bus rapid transit systems that have been proposed for the region isn’t likely to be sufficient to solve the problem.

More stations and tunnels are needed, Metro officials argue. Not to reach new and different parts of the region, but to take the pressure off its most heavily used and crowded lines.


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