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Metro 2020: 'Unmanageable' congestion

[This post has been updated]

Metro's rail system will reach its capacity in 2020 creating "unmanageable" levels of congestion, Metro officials said Thursday.

By 2025 both the Orange and Green lines will have more than 120 riders per car, Metro projects, and every line except the Blue would be "highly congested" or "unmanageable." Metro defines congested as up to 100 people per car, highly congested is 100 to 120 people, and unmanageable is over 120 people.

The transit agency would need 320 more rail cars to keep congestion manageable, but the current capital spending plan does not include funds for those.

-- Ann Scott Tyson

By Michael Bolden  |  May 13, 2010; 3:17 PM ET
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Why not raise fairs some more.... 9 dollars a trip anyone??? might as well

Posted by: markb_2 | May 14, 2010 6:45 AM | Report abuse

Why not raise fares some more.... 9 dollars a trip anyone??? might as well

Posted by: markb_2 | May 14, 2010 6:45 AM | Report abuse

People need to put transportation costs and hassles into context. If everyone drives into downtown DC you will have even more gridlock than already exist sand the cost of parking will soar even more than the rate it already is (I pay $15 per day when I drive) because demand will far exceed supply. We need to get out of the mindset that a small increase in tolls to support capital expenditures for metro a problem for working people. Not addressing this problem NOW (or when i was more manageable several years ago) will only invite even more pain and sacrifice in the future. With no action, the problem will only get worse, not go away on its own.

Posted by: dlpetersdc | May 14, 2010 7:40 AM | Report abuse

What about Metrobus?

Posted by: outlawtorn103 | May 14, 2010 9:17 AM | Report abuse

We need additional tracks and we need them NOW.

Posted by: anarcho-liberal-tarian | May 14, 2010 9:22 AM | Report abuse

I find it interesting that metro defines congestion as the number of people per car. What about the fact that you can rarely travel from one station to the next without stopping several times or having to wait for other trains (usually on the sharing line) to clear the station platform? Buy all the trains you want Metro but they'll sit between stations moving at a snails pace with passenger packed like sardines. I agree more track is the only solution to the congestion problem on Metro!

Posted by: JTDCA | May 14, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Bit of a moot point. In 10 years, teleworking will be incredibly feasible and practical for most workers. It's really the only solution to all of the area's traffic problems.

Posted by: pswift00 | May 14, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

at the rate metro increases fares there wont be more than a few hundred riders using the system in 2020. Maybe if you deport all the illegals from DC MD and VA we wont have a crowding problem. Extend metro to the mexican border.

Posted by: espnfan | May 14, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

anarcho-liberal-tarian wrote:

"We need additional tracks and we need them NOW."

That's true. Now, how do you propose that that is going to happen, let alone be paid for?

Posted by: ceebee2 | May 14, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

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