Metro Needs to Improve Service on the Blue, Orange, and Silver Lines
Customers on Metro's Blue, Orange, and Silver lines often experience delays, crowding, and congestion due to limitations in the system's design. All three lines merge at the Rosslyn tunnel onto one set of tracks, creating a bottleneck that limits the number of trains per hour that can pass through. Coordinating the movement of all three lines through the tunnel requires precision. Any service disruption on one line can create a ripple effect leading to delays across all three lines. Metro's infrastructure poses additional challenges managing the impacts of scheduled track work or unanticipated disruptions. These constraints can cause crowding, reduce reliability, and restrict the ability to meet higher ridership demand.
The Blue/Orange/Silver Capacity & Reliability Study (BOS Study) will build on past studies, working with the public, to identify solutions that will address today's urgent needs and position Metro for the future.
How This Benefits You
Through this study, Metro will look for a solution or solutions that will aim to:
Improve service with more trains and less crowding. Trains are already crowded through Rosslyn during rush hours and will continue to get worse.
Get you where you're going, in less time.
Reduce delays due to service issues and track and maintenance work.
Optimize ridership to provide more cost-efficient rail service.
See About the Study for more information on the study goals, process, and timeline.
See Get Involved! to engage and share your input on the study.
See Documents and FAQs for project documents, news highlights, and further reading.
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