Washington DC: Metro’s Expansion Plans Include New Tunnels
(Armando Trull — Washington, D.C., WAMU) Metro transit agency officials are proposing new tunnels to help the system keep up with growing demand. The tunnels are included in a 49-page strategic plan (pdf) presented Thursday to the transit agency’s board of directors.
Metro’s immediate goals call for measures to improve the existing infrastructure, including adding powering capacity to allow for more eight-car trains and building new pedestrian connections between certain stations.
More ambitiously, Metro says the plans also include the possibility of new tunnels in the core of the system to separate lines that currently share tunnels. It also calls for building express tracks along the Silver and Orange lines in Virginia, as well expanding current lines. ..................(more)