njt/mnrrbuff wrote:Unless if there was a suburb to suburb Metro route that doesn't serve the District, I don't think there is any need to extend any of the existing lines across the Potomac. That is just me. It looks like probably the best solution is just make dedicated bus lanes on the Wilson Bridge and have frequent express bus service serve both the Eisenhower Ave and King St Metro Station.
The Metro system is probably at capacity in many areas and where the Blue and Yellow Lines overlap in VA is no exception.
On other forum pages, I think I saw somebody mention extend the Green Line from Branch Ave. That is not a good idea because being that Branch Ave Station is a bit to the northeast of National Harbor, the tracks would continue to the southwest of Branch Ave adding more travel time than needed to National Harbor.
If rail were to go to National Harbor and if it can be done, I would say make it branch off of the Green Line maybe around Congress Heights Station and run on a brand new set of tracks serving places like Oxon Hill.
Extend that idea a bit more, and consider the Blue Line and early plans on rerouting that:
- Phase 1: Oxford Hill to Congress Heights. Tunnel from Congress Heights to Southern Ave SE, then follow that south-west to 210. Keep tunneling under 210 heading south, popping out just north of the Capitol Beltway and connecting with the Oxon Hill Park & Ride. Continue over Indian Head Highway to Old Fort Road, your terminus. Stops will be (possible) Forrest Heights, Oxon Hill/National Harbor, Old Fort Road.
- Phase 2: Rebuild Rosslyn as a proper Blue transfer point, and extend to U Street, with provision for tracks under U Street. Stops are Rosslyn (transfer Silver/Orange), Georgetown, Adams Morgan, and U Street.
- Phase 3: Tunnel U-Street down Florida Ave, under the Red Line to Union Station, then south to Navy Yard where it will connect to the Green Line. Stops will be U-Street, NoMa, Union Station, Capitol South, Navy Yard.
Thus, the Blue Line will have the following stops: Franconia-Springfield, Van Dorn, King Street/Old Town, Braddock Rd, Regan National, Crystal City, Pentagon City, Pentagon, Arlington Cemetary, Rosslyn, Georgetown, Adams Morgan, U Street, NoMa, Union Station, Capitol South, Navy Yard-Ballpark, Anacostia, Congress Heights, Forrest Heights, Oxon Hill/National Harbor, Old Fort Road.
Downside: Expensive? Yeah. All that tunneling! Plus the route goes quite near Congress.
Upside: Direct access to Union for Congress and Navy Yard, Blue Line gets more frequency back, and does not try to mix three lines on one set of track.