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Posted at 2:09 PM ET, 12/ 1/2010

Rush hour ridership and Union Station

By Luke Rosiak

A new blog from Metro's Office of Long-Range Planning has several interesting visualizations of system usage.

This simulation of the Union Station mezzanine models what is all too familiar to riders entering that station: A convergence of MARC, Amtrak and VRE train riders mixing with other Metro passengers in a narrow hallway before bottlenecking at the narrow escalators. (That many of the escalators there have been chronically out of service was not taken into account.) That station will soon be undergoing alterations.

The below image shows rush hour ridership with directions, where a thicker line means more riders.

It shows relatively sparse Green Line ridership outside of downtown, and a much higher burden on the western leg of the Red Line than the eastern one. The stretch of the Blue Line past Arlington Cemetery, too, brings 3,000 to 6,000 riders towards downtown, and less than 3,000 towards the Pentagon. There has been talk of rerouting some Blue Line trains to address that pattern.

By Luke Rosiak  | December 1, 2010; 2:09 PM ET
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Missing from that simulation are the tour groups milling around trying to get organized and the frustrated people at the fare machines who can't get their Smart Benefits to load properly.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | December 1, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

WTF? Is Metro conducting surveillance of itself for terrorists? They don't even have to go to a station anymore, just logon to the internet and we'll paint targets all over ourselves. Wow.

Posted by: getjiggly1 | December 1, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

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