I’m curious why it took them this l ong to a nnounce this given that it has been public news that the rolling stock isn’t going to arrive until 2014 anyways. So how were they going to open it without the rolling stock?
WMATA being what it is…I wouldn’t be one bit surprised if they had just used their current stock of trains to service the line and cut service in other areas accordingly. “It’s not a big deal.”
They also claim they are going to use the new 7000 series to replace the 1000 series cars taht they have had to not use as front or end cars due to safety issues. Problem is, you can’t mix the 7000 series with any other series. So unless they are planning on running these 7000 series trains on other lines as well. Also, they can only be in 4 or 8 car configurations. So guess what theyw ill be running due to not having that many of them.
@NS,, don’t try to make sense of anything WMATA does. There are certain things I just don’t try to figure out. :-)
The plan is to retrofit the later model cars to work with the 7000 series, but they have to take cars out of service to do that. They will cut blue line service further and with the subtraction of rush plus from the Orange line, hopefully there will be enough cars to go around (but I doubt it).
I’m really curious to see how this whole Silver line project plays out. Especially having three lines run through the Rosslyn core, which already gets backed up enough if one goes FUBAR. My Blue-lining friends in the office were extremely dismayed that their 12-minute headways are looking to be pushed back to 18-20 minutes—during rush hour, no less.
I’m certainly no train engineer or architect, but it’s too bad they weren’t able to figure out some system whereby the silver line could either turn around before hitting the Rosslyn tunnel, or perhaps even head west rather than east on the orange line tracks. I know metro doesn’t like folks to have to change trains multiple times, but silver line through DC seems superfluous.
My su ggestion to metro, since there will be all these new stations, is to have two sets of platform displays. One dedicated to elevator outtages, and the other for arrival time estimates, because as it stands now, only maybe 2% of the time is the arrival time displayed, the rest of the time is elevator outtage notices.
My understanding is there is no way to switch cars coming from Vienna onto the blue line or vice versa.
I agree it would make much more sense to have Silver go from Dulles towards L’Efant Plaza via the blue line. Would be nice option for those of us in Arlington who need to go that way and don’t want to ride through DC.
Ha and I agree nova. I hate when it scrolls through about 5 minutes of elevator outages to just show the arrival times for only a brief moment. Fortunately cell service seems to be in every station now so you can easily look it up online.
“I agree it would make much more sense to have Silver go from Dulles towards L’Efant Plaza via the blue line. Would be nice option for those of us in Arlington who need to go that way and don’t want to ride through DC.”
Huh? Did you mean the Yellow line instead of Blue line? While that would stem the backup at the Rosslyn tunnel, you’d have the problem of the Silver line not going through the neighborhoods that would use it most (R-B corridor) and you’d have to lay a whole bunch of new track from say, East Falls Church, down to Pentagon City. In other words, NOT HAPPENING.
They still refuse to think long term, such as built a second rosslyn tunnel which would alleviate the “orange crush”. Adding new lines. One day in the future they will need to extend the orange line, let alone all other lines, though they don’t have the potomoac river crossing issue that we have on the orange line..
“They still refuse to think long term, such as built a second rosslyn tunnel which would alleviate the “orange crush”.”
There is no way they could get the funds for that. Too many right-wingers who scream at any hint of a tax increase.
You hit the nail on the head. Plenty of people are happy to complain about traffic, decline of public services, etc, but then they throw a hissy fit when they realize that it costs taxpayer money to fix those problems.
@smith69 – while I agree with you that the hand-wringing can be ridiculous, I think a lot of it is based on sound logic and math. Think about it – if incomes and property values keep going up (as they have esp. in this region), our governments shouldn’t need to raise the tax rates in order to increase tax revenue. But, our elected officials do that nonetheless, so that leaves people wondering where all this extra money is going to and why it’s necessary to raise the tax rate in the first place. I think we can all agree that these are valid concerns.
Just my $0.02
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