system. Ensuring the Metrorail system is accessible to all customers is a top priority of Metro. Given that a single elevator outage can make an entire transfer station and all the lines it serves inaccessible, Metro has planned to build a second set of elevators at six key transfer stations. For Metro’s riders that arrive by automobile, additional credit card readers are needed to ease the use of parking structures.
Customer/Demand – Passenger Facilities Needs by Project Type ($1.4 Billion)
Metrorail passenger facilities are not the only part of the transit system facing increasing demand. Demand for bus service is also increasing. Metrobus ridership is expected to grow from about 440,000 trips daily in FY 2009 to about 510,000 in 2020, or 16%. Meanwhile, traffic congestion in the region remains among the worst in the nation, which slows down Metro’s buses, especially on heavily traveled routes in the region’s core. In order to speed up bus travel times and provide better service to our customers, Metro has identified a network of priority corridors that are targets for improvements such as transit signal priority, queue jumpers, bus bulbs, painted lanes, and left-turn enhancements. These investments will improve service, reliability,
capacity, and system access.
Changing land use patterns around some rail stations have increased the need for better access points. In response to factors such as increased population,
denser development and new employment centers around rail stations, the demand for access to the rail system for cyclists and pedestrians is increasing every year. Metro staff routinely receives requests for more bicycle parking at suburban stations (e.g. Vienna, West Hyattsville) and at stations closer to the system core (e.g., Georgia Ave – Petworth). Field observations conducted in 2008 showed multiple stations with bicycles locked to any available fixed structure (e.g. sign posts, light poles, phone booths) which is illegal in some jurisdictions. Metro plans to respond to growing demand by constructing new bicycle facilities and improving pedestrian access to stations. Providing bicycle parking at stations is a highly cost-effective means of improving access to rail stations.
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Rail Station Capacity Enhancements
Bus Priority Corridor Improvements
Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities
Rail Station Equipment
In light of the rail system’s high profile within the nation’s capital, Metro has taken many steps to secure the system from modern threats. The PROTECT system is Metro’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives (CBRNE) detection system installed in rail stations. Metro plans to expand the capabilities of this system and install additional evacuation and medical emergency equip- ment. These safety and security enhancements are included in Metro’s rail station equipment needs.
The figure to the right shows a breakdown of Metro’s Customer/Demand - Passenger Facilities needs by project type ($1.4 billion over 10 years). A brief description of each project type follows.
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