Eight Car Trains: Today, most Metrorail trains have only six cars. This project would enable Metro to run all eight-car trains, which are the longest possible in our stations, and add 35% additional capacity to the rail network. It would also expand the rail fleet and yards, and improve the power and signal infrastructure to handle the load.
Core Station Improvements: If we lengthen the trains, we need to expand key stations as well by enlarging platforms, and adding escalators, elevators, stairs, and pedestrian passageways to 15 stations in the core.
Bus Priority Corridors: The Priority Corridor Network would construct bus-only lanes, give buses priority at traffic lights, and bring service similar to MetroExtra to 24 lines throughout the region. The PCN will take tens of thousands of cars off the road, add 100,000 riders, moving buses 50% faster, and cut fuel costs.
New Blue Line Connections: Metro faces a bottleneck at Rosslyn station, where three lines (Orange, Silver, Blue) converge. This major project would try to fix this bottleneck, and restore six-minute Blue Line frequencies between Pentagon and Rosslyn stations.
Next Generation Communications: This program would expand our current communications infrastructure to provide an integrated one-stop communication hub for the regions' transit customers. Improvements would include: radio system upgrades, real-time bus information at bus stops, and new public address system at stations.
Bus Fleet Expansion: This project would expand Metro's bus fleet by around 400 buses, allowing Metro to increase frequencies.
Pocket Tracks and Crossovers: This project would add special trackwork at key locations in the rail network to give us more flexibility in operations by turning trains around, adding system flexibility, and storing trains at important locations.
What do Riders and the Region Get for this Investment? The seven projects in Metro 2025 will reduce road congestion, reduce crowding on the system and make the system safer, save money for our customers and drivers throughout the region, add riders to the Metro system, and make Metro rides more flexible and efficient.