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WASHINGTON D.C.
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Washington Metrorail Map © Robert Schwandl

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 METRO

Washington, D.C., has a population of approx. 600,000, although with some 3.9 million in the metropolitan area, which extends into their neighbouring states of Maryland and Virginia. Compared to older subways, Washington's underground stations feature spacious vaulted roofs. Most outer branches run on the surface, the Orange Line towards Vienna runs in the median strip of an expressway. Apart from the Red Line, all other four lines form an interlaced network with two lines sharing tracks and platforms along certain stretches.

Currently the system includes 171 km (85 km underground) and 90 stations (52 underground).

 Photos

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 History

27 Mar 1976 - Red Line Farragut North - Rhode Island Ave (6.8km, except Gallery Place station)
15 Dec 1976 - Red Line Gallery Place station opened
17 Jan 1977 - Red Line to Dupont Circle (0.7km)
1 Jul 1977 -
Blue Line Stadium-Armory - National Airport (19.4km)
6 Feb 1978 - Red Line Rhode Island Ave - Silver Spring (9.2km)
20 Nov 1978 - Orange Line Stadium-Armory - New Carollton (10km)
1 Dec 1979 - Orange Line Rosslyn - Ballston-MU (4.2km)
22 Nov 1980 - Blue Line Stadium-Armory - Addison Rd (5.6km)
5 Dec 1980 - Red Line Dupont Circle - Van Ness-UDC (3.3km)
30 Apr 1983 - Yellow Line
Gallery Place/Chinatown - Pentagon (5.3km)
17 Dec 1983 - Yellow Line (Pentagon -) Nat'l Airport - Huntington (8.4km)
25 Aug 1984 - Red Line Van Ness-UDC - Grosvenor (11km)
15 Dec 1984 - Red Line Grosvenor - Shady Grove (11.1km)
7 Jun 1986 - Orange Line Ballston - Vienna (14.7km)

22 Sep 1990 - Red Line Silver Spring - Wheaton (5.2km)
11 May 1991 - Yellow/Green Line Gallery Place-Chinatown - U Street/Cardozo (2.7km)
15 Jun 1991 - Blue Line King St - Van Dorn St (6.1km)
28 Dec 1991 - Green Line L'Enfant Plaza - Anacostia (4.7km)
11 Dec 1993 - Green Line Fort Totten - Greenbelt (12.8km)

29 Jun 1997 - Blue Line Van Dorn St - Franconia-Springfield (5.3km)
25 Jul 1998 - Red Line Wheaton - Glenmont (2.3km)
18 Sep 1999 - Green Line U Street-Cardozo - Fort Totten (4.7km): central section with two new stations: Georgia Ave/Petworth and Columbia Heights.
13 Jan 2001 - Green Line Anacostia - Branch Ave. (10.4km) completes 100-miles network (actually 103 miles)
20 Nov 2004 - Red Line New York Ave station (now NoMa - Gallaudet U) added between Union Station and Rhode Island Ave
18 Dec 2004 - Blue Line Addison Rd/Seat Pleasant - Largo Town Center (5km)

 Projects

A 37 km branch off the Orange Line from just east of West Falls Church station to Dulles Airport, called the Silver Line, is in planning stage. Phase 1 began construction in early 2008 from just east of the existing West Falls Church Metro station to Wiehle Avenue on the east edge of Reston. Full details here! This first section is planned to open in Jan 2014.

View map with Dulles Airport extension!

 Photos

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 DC Streetcar

To complement the Metrorail system, Washington DC is bringing back streetcars in a modern version. The first line will be opening in 2014 running east along H Street from Union Station to Benning Road.

[Project Website]

 Books

Robert Schwandl: SUBWAYS & LIGHT RAIL in the U.S.A. - Vol. 1: East Coast. - Sept. 2010, ISBN 978-3-936573-28-2 (More)

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority: METRO AT 25. Celebrating the Past. Building the Future. - WMATA, 96 p, A4, largely illustrated, colour, ISBN 0970871902 (More)

 

 

 Photos

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 Links

WMATA (Official Page)

Dulles Airport extension project (Silver Line)

MARC Commuter Services (Maryland Transit Administration

VRE Commuter Services (Virginia Railway Express)

Purple Line Project


Washington D.C. Metrorail at Wikipedia

Washington D.C. Metrorail at nysubway.org

Washingtonpost.com: Traffic Guide

StationMasters Online - Metrorail Station Area Maps

Jon Bell's Metrorail Page

More of Jon Bell's photographs

Beyond DC - metro projects

D.C. Underground

Building the Washington Metro: An Online Exhibit by Zachary Schrag

 

Subways & Light Rail in the USA 1: East Coast

SUBWAYS & LIGHT RAIL
in the U.S.A.
Vol.1 - East Coast

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