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The two charts below comparing Metro’s rail system capacity with and without fleet expansion clearly illustrate the need for additional rail cars. Without fleet expansion, most rail lines will be congested by 2020, with the Orange/Dulles Line exceeding capacity (greater than 120 passengers per car). With expansion to 100% 8-car trains during peak periods, most rail lines will have adequate capacity through 2030, though the Orange/Dulles Line will Metrorail and Metrobus Ridership Trends Daily Ridership Growth (in 1,000s)

exceed 120 passengers per car as 2030 approaches. An expanded rail car fleet in turn will necessitate additional rail car storage, fleet maintenance facilities and a new test track and rail car commissioning facility. To accommodate the increased passenger flow across the rail system, ca-

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pacity improvements at core stations and

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Metrorail System Capacity: No Additional Fleet Expansion

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Red Blue (Rosslyn) Orange/ Dulles Rail Yellow/Blue (14th Bridge) Green

Metrorail System Capacity: Expansion to 100% 8-Car Trains by 2020

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Red Blue (Rosslyn) Orange/ Dulles Rail Yellow/Blue (14th Bridge) Green

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An expanded rail car fleet in turn will necessitate ad- ditional rail car storage, fleet maintenance facilities and a new test track and rail car commissioning facility. To ac- commodate the increased passenger flow across the rail system, capacity improve- ments at core stations and additional pedestrian con- nections are also needed.

Congested (<100 people per car) Highly Congested (100-120 people per car) Exceeds Capacity (>120 people per car)

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