Metro is launching is a two-year study of the Blue, Orange and Silver Line in order to find long-term options to meet future regional needs.
The study is intended to improve reliability, meet future ridership demands, and improve service for customers, according to a statement released yesterday (June 17).
Because all three Metro lines share a single set of tracks between the Rosslyn tunnel and the Anacostia River, Metro says that bottlenecks are inevitable and disruptions on one line have a “ripple effect” on all three lines.
The study will explore infrastructure improvements and service alternatives to address the above issues.
Here’s more from the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority:
The first phase of the study will assess key issues and trends and document why improvements to the Blue, Orange, and Silver lines are necessary. Subsequent phases will include the development and evaluation of alternatives, as well as a thorough analysis of costs and benefits, with recommendation of a preferred alternative expected to occur by the fall of 2020.
Ultimately, the study will identify and analyze a range of potential alternatives before recommending a “locally preferred alternative” to move forward with federal environmental review, full design, and competition for federal funding. Over the next two years, Metro plans extensive outreach to engage the community, stakeholders, and transit experts to gather feedback and make recommendations.
More information about the study is available online.