Metro Blue Orange Silver Capacity & Reliability Study

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Metro launched the Blue/Orange/Silver Capacity & Reliability Study (BOS Study) to identify the best and most cost-effective solutions to address future ridership, service, and reliability needs on these Metrorail lines. The approval of dedicated funding from Metro's jurisdictional partners provides funding to bring the existing system into a state of good repair and keep it well maintained going forward; however, there are future transportation needs that we must begin addressing now.

Online Survey

Over the past year, we’ve worked with our partner jurisdictions and planning agencies to identify four goals for Metrorail service in the shared BOS corridor. Now we need your feedback. The BOS Study identified several concepts that would achieve all or most of these goals.

Take this online survey to see the preliminary concepts and provide feedback. The survey also allows you to submit your own ideas through a comment form or an optional drawing tool. The survey is available in both English and Spanish, and will be open until January 6.

A banner advertisement linking to an online survey for the study.

Participants can also win a $50 SmarTrip card! Survey respondents will have the chance to win one of three $50 SmarTrip cards in a drawing to be held once the survey closes.

Share your thoughts

Public and stakeholder input is essential to this effort to help identify the transit needs and issues, develop potential solutions, and propose recommendations.

Upcoming public engagement

Starting in December 2019, Metro will hold public open houses and an online survey to gather feedback on draft project concepts.

Public open houses

Members of the public are encouraged to attend one of four open houses throughout the region. During the open houses, project staff will offer a presentation providing an overview of the study and alternatives. The public will be able to speak with the project team, ask questions, and provide feedback in-person and via online survey. The presentation will be provided twice – at 5:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. - to accommodate participants arriving at different times.

The open houses will take place at the following times and locations:

  • Monday, December 9
    4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    George Mason University
    Van Metre Hall (Multipurpose Room)
    3351 Fairfax Drive
    Arlington, VA 22201
    Metro Station: Virginia Square-GMU (Orange and Silver Lines)
  • Tuesday, December 10th
    4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    George Washington University
    Marvin Center, Room 301
    800 21st Street NW
    Washington, DC 20052
    Metro Station: Foggy Bottom-GWU (Blue, Orange, and Silver Lines)
  • Thursday, December 12
    4:30 PM – 7:30 PM
    St. Margaret’s Church (Omega Room)
    410 Addison Road South
    Capitol Heights, MD 20743
    Metro Station: Addison Road (BL, SV)
  • Tuesday, December 17
    4:30 PM – 7:30 PM
    Courtyard by Marriott, Tysons-McLean
    1960A Chain Bridge Road
    Fairfax Ballroom
    Tysons, VA 22102
    Metro Station: Tysons Corner & McLean (SV)

A map showing the locations for the four public open houses being held between December 9 and December 17.

Background study data

Need more information before taking the survey or attending an open house? For a deeper dive into all the data and analysis the study team and stakeholders used to identify needs and opportunities, establish study goals, and develop draft project concepts, review guided maps and other documents.

Beginning early in 2019, Metro held a series of meetings with stakeholder committees  and pop-up events for the public at 13 Metrorail stations to identify ways to address the current and future needs on the Blue, Orange and Silver lines.

An image of project team staff passing out information at a Metro station.

An image of project team staff answering a resident’s questions at a pop-up event.   An image of a visioning and planning workshop with the Business and Community Advisory Committee.

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For more information about the Blue/Orange/Silver Capacity & Reliability Study, please send an email to:

Or you may contact Metro's Office of Customer Information at 202-637-7000 (TTY 202-638-3780). Press 88 and then press 5.