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Metro to overhaul Blue, Orange Lines

The Metro board's finance committee today approved a $272 million, six-year plan to overhaul the Blue and Orange Lines.

"Beginning this year, from the station platforms, to the air conditioners, escalators and elevators and announcement systems, we will rebuild major portions of the Blue and Orange lines to improve customer service," said Richard Sarles, Metro's interim general manager. "In addition, we'll be making repairs not so evident to customers, but vitally important to the safe and reliable operation of this section of the Metrorail system that dates back to 1977

The full board is set to vote Oct. 28 on the plan, which will cover 23 stations and 27 miles of track. If approved, the work would start late next year and include rehabilitation of escalators and elevators, platform repairs, and upgrading air conditioning.

The rail system is currently undergoing a $177 million rehabilitation of the Red Line, which Metro's board of directors approved last year. The Red Line is the most heavily used of the five lines, and it includes the oldest stations.

-- Ann Scott Tyson

Work highlights
-- Rehabilitation of the lines from Reagan National Airport to New Carrollton.
-- Rehab 100 escalators and replace three.
-- Rehab 22 elevators.
-- Reconstruct platforms at Deanwood and Minnesota Avenue.
-- Replace 18 kiosks with ones that are larger to include new public address system. controls and closed circuit television monitoring.
-- Renovate restrooms in 18 stations.
-- Repair 83,700 feet of concrete tunnels.
-- Replace and upgrade electronic equipment, track circuits, emergency telephone systems, ventilation systems and other equipment.

The Metro plan for the Orange and Blue Lines (large PDF)

From the Post's archives:

Red Line rehab moves into the daylight

The Red Line makeover

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What about the rest of the Orange and Blue lines - do they not need improvements?

Posted by: archers44 | October 14, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

This is the dumbest article ever written. $272 million, to fix the Blue and Orange lines. What about the rest of the lousy metro system????

Posted by: kendra2 | October 14, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

They also need to add more parking facilities to accomodate people who drive to stations to take the metro into work. Try driving to East Falls Church anytime after 7:30 a.m. -- good luck in finding a parking spot! They should replace parking lots with large parking garages so more people can drive to the Metro; when lots are full, people have no choice but to drive into work and that defeats the entire purpose of public transit!

Posted by: virginiawriter | October 14, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

This is, in theory, great. Let's see how it plays out. My one disappointment is on the escalator "rehab". No more rehab. Please. I know it would be a tremendous initial capital outlay, but Metro needs to replace every single platform escalator with stairs. There is no reason that an able-bodied person can't walk up/down a single flight of stairs a few times a day - New Yorkers do it every day. Once these escalators are replaced it would free up an incredible amount of time and money to keep the street level escalators and all of the elevators in working order (again, theoretically).

Posted by: stewrock | October 14, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

I am sure they will find a way to waste it and/or not fix numerous cars without air which make it unbearable

Posted by: Bious | October 14, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

I'm confused; why does only the Virginia side of the Orange/Blue lines warrant repair? I didn't have a problem with the rehabilitation of the Red Line because it was the ENTIRE red line, but this seems a bit ridiculous.

Since it appears that only Virginia riders will be benefiting from these improvements, shouldn't we only burden them with fare increases? Right, that wouldn't be fair and neither is upgrading only a small portion of the Metro system.

Posted by: MoreisMore | October 14, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

@MoreisMore I like the idea of only Virginia riders paying for blue/orange line improvements, as long as you lower the fare I pay right now. Last time I checked the Red Line doesn't go into VA, so it didn't do me (or anyone else who lives there) any good, but we still paid for it. Get over yourself.

Posted by: wmsheppa | October 14, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Why would we renovate bathrooms that according to station managers "don't exist?"

Do me a favor, take out the bathrooms so the jerk-off station manager has to walk up the always broken escalator and find a public restroom to use.

Posted by: AriHinkelberger | October 14, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

@MoreisMore: The proposed fixes extend beyond the Virginia side. This is what it says in the proposal that was attached to the article:

The stations involved in this System Infrastructure Rehabilitation are: Minnesota Avenue, Deanwood, Stadium Armory, Potomac Avenue, Eastern Market, Capitol South, Federal Center, L`Enfant Plaza, Smithsonian, Federal Triangle, Metro
Center, McPherson Sq, Farragut West, Foggy Bottom-GWU, Rosslyn, Arlington Cemetery, Pentagon, Pentagon City, Crystal City and Ronald Reagan National Airport.

Posted by: virginiawriter | October 14, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

@MoreIsMore also call me crazy, but I'm pretty sure that the renovations include all the orange line stations in the District/MD, so I'm not really sure what you're complaining about anyway.

Posted by: wmsheppa | October 14, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

@MoreIsMore also call me crazy, but I'm pretty sure that the renovations include all the orange line stations in the District/MD, so I'm not really sure what you're complaining about anyway.

Posted by: wmsheppa | October 14, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Please don't wait until late next year to fix the countdown clocks on the Orange/Blue lines. They have been out of synch with the trains for several weeks now.

Posted by: whine-no | October 14, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

@MoreisMore, The only VA orange line station in the list is Rosslyn. Only 6 of the 20 or so stations are in VA. So no, it definitely would not be fair to charge us higher fares.

Posted by: ctree | October 14, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Renovate restrooms in 18 stations.

Where are these magical restrooms

Posted by: WhatBubble | October 14, 2010 11:23 PM | Report abuse

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