PROPOSED REGIONAL RAPID RAIL TRANSIT PLAN AND PROGRAM

A RAPID RAIL TRANSIT SYSTEM IS PROPOSED WHICH WILL PROVIDE SERVICE FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA AND ITS OUTLYING AREAS. THE PROPOSED SYSTEM IS 95.6 MILES LONG WITH 82 STATIONS AND IS COMPOSED OF SEVEN RADIAL ROUTES AND A SHUTTLE OPERATION. SIX OF THE ROUTES ORIGINATE IN THE HEART OF DOWNTOWN WASHINGTON. WHILE ONE BEGINS AT A JUNCTION IN ROSSLYN, VIRGINIA. FOUR TWO-LEVEL STATIONS PROVIDE TRANSFER FROM ONE LINE TO ANOTHER. TRANSFER MAY ALSO BE MADE BETWEEN THE TWO FARRAGUT SQUARE STATIONS AND AT THE ROSSLYN STATION. A SUBSTANTIAL PORTION OF THE SYSTEM MUST BE IN SUBWAY BECAUSE OF THE UNACCEPTABILITY OF OVERHEAD STRUCTURES IN CERTAIN AREAS OF D.C. THE SYSTEM WILL CARRY AN ANTICIPATED 158,000 PEAK-HOUR PASSENGERS (1990) AND PROVIDE A HIGH LEVEL OF ALL- DAY SERVICE. SERVICE WILL BE PROVIDED OVER A 20-HOUR PERIOD FROM 5:00 A.M. TO 1:00 A.M. THE RAIL SYSTEM WILL BE GEARED TO HIGHWAY, STREET, AND BUS NETWORKS FOR ACCESSIBILITY. PARKING FACILITIES ON MAJOR CONNECTING ROADS ARE PROPOSED FOR MOST OF THE OUTLYING AREAS, THUS GIVING ACCESS TO THE WHOLE NETWORK OF ROADS AND HIGHWAYS OUTSIDE THE CENTRAL DESTINATION AREAS, AND MAKING IT CONVENIENT FOR 'PARK AND RIDE' USE OF RAPID RAIL TRANSIT. THE TOTAL ESTIMATED COST OF CONSTRUCTING AND EQUIPPING THE PROPOSED FACILITIES APPROACHES $2.4 BILLION. THE WASHINGTON METROPOLITAN AREA TRANSIT AUTHORITY ESTIMATES THAT REVENUE WILL BE SUFFICIENT TO COVER ALL OPERATING EXPENSES AND TO REPAY APPROXIMATELY ONE-THIRD OF THE COSTS OF CONSTRUCTION, EQUIPMENT, AND FINANCING. THE NET PROJECT COST OF $1.6 BILLION WILL HAVE TO BE PROVIDED BY THE FEDERAL AND PARTICIPATING LOCAL GOVERNMENTS. THE ENTIRE TRANSIT SYSTEM CAN BE PUT INTO OPERATION BY 1981.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • pp Iii & 39, 6 FIG, 10 TAB
  • Corporate Authors:

    Washington Metro Area Transp Group

    Washington, DC  USA 
  • Publication Date: 1967-12

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  • Accession Number: 00240960
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  • Created Date: May 6 2003 12:00AM