16 Capital Needs Inventory
Added to the highly visible elements of Metro’s infrastructure – trains, stations and buses - are the facilities, equipment and technology infrastructure providing criti- cal support to transit operations. This section provides a brief overview of Metro’s capital assets, including its vehicle fleet and fleet mainte- nance facilities for Metrorail, Metrobus and MetroAccess, Metro Transit Police Department assets, business support facilities and technology infrastructure.
Metro’s first rail segment opened in March 1976. This first segment included 4 stations in downtown Washington, DC from Farragut North to Rhode Island Avenue. In 1977, service began in Virginia with the opening of stations on today’s Blue,Yellow and Orange lines into DC. The young- est of Metro’s rail lines, the Green line, made its debut in 1991. Today’s Metrorail system has a total of 86 stations, 40 of which are in DC, 26 in Maryland and 20 in Virginia. On a typical weekday in FY 2009, Metrorail provided about 750,000 passenger trips. Metrorail provided a total of 223 million trips in FY 2009. With Metrorail’s oldest segments now over 30 years old, Metro plans a systematic rehabilitation of the system, starting with rail segments, stations and rail yards constructed in the 1970s.
Metro Station Openings