METRORAIL ALTERNATIVES ANALYSIS

Since 1968 cost estimates for completing the 100-mile Metrorail system within the Washington Metropolitan Area have escalated, and concern has been expressed about financing the full system and whether the full 100-mile system provided the best solution to the transportation problems of the area. The study reviewed a full range of rail and non-rail alternatives for the 'E' Route to Greenbelt, the 'F' Route to Branch Avenue, the 'J-H' Route to Franconia, and the 'K' Route to Vienna. The study was designed to analyze the relative costs and effectiveness of each alternative. Criteria used to evaluate each alternative included patronage, costs, deficits, funding requirements, automobile use, energy consumption and economic measures. Of the 1700 possible regional combinations, 72 were analyzed in detail; five regional candidates were chosen for final study. After eighteen months of study, the JPSC reaffirmed a complete system for the area.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments

    Joint Policy Steering Committee
    Washington, DC  USA  20006

    Urban Mass Transportation Administration

    400 7th Street, SW
    Washington, DC  USA  20590
  • Publication Date: 1978-6

Media Info

  • Pagination: 37 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00186869
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UMTA-IT-09-0077-78-1Final Rpt.
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Feb 27 1982 12:00AM