user’s travel time by 2 minutes. Tunnel users would collectively save about 900 h o u r s p e r d a y o r 2 6 0 , 0 0 0 h o u r s p e r y e a r i n t r a v e l t i m e s b a s e d o n 2 0 0 3 r i d e r s h i p
d a t a . B e s i d e s s a v i n g c u s t o m e r t i m e , t h e F a r r a g u t t u n n e l w o u l d f r e e u p s p a c e i n Metro Center and reduce the transfer demand by up to 11 percent.
Metro has also identified a pedestrian
tunnel between Gallery Place/China- town and Metro Center as an effective strategy to connect the system’s two largest transfer points, relieving the most congested segment in the rail system. The pedestrian tunnel connects the east mezzanine at Metro Center to the west mezzanine at Gallery Place.The connec- tion would be a level path supported on top of the existing track vaults.The length of the passageway is approximately 750 feet and the passageway area would be about 18,000 square feet. As part of this project a mezzanine to mezzanine bridge connection is proposed in Gal- lery Place Station to ease congestion on the Red Line Platforms for patrons walk- ing from Gallery Place to Metro Center
Increase of Peak Transfers
Major Transfer Stations — AM Peak Hour Tranfer Increases
Metro Center Gallery Place - L’Enfant Plaza Chinatown
East Falls Church
Dulles Rail Extension also known as Silver Line , and vice versa When an event is taking -.
place at Verizon Center, the Red Line Platforms become very crowded. The bridge
over the platforms will prevent people pushing their way from one end of the station to the other to walk toward Metro Center. In addition, this connection would reduce the number of transfers at L’Enfant Plaza station. The pedestrian tunnel would allow patrons to transfer between the Blue, Orange, Red, Yellow and Green lines without
taking a one stop ride on the Red Line. When the Dulles extension opens, the need for
this pedestrian tunnel will increase.
Other station enhancements include the installation of station entrance canopies to protect customers from inclement weather and prevent damage to escalators and stairs. Metro has already installed entrance canopies at several stations but canopies are still needed at: Court House, Brookland East, Capital South, Foggy Bottom, Metro Center 12th&G, Potomac Avenue, Minnesota, Tenleytown, Smith- sonian North and South, Judiciary Square North and South, Deanwood, Gallery Place West, U Street East, Bethesda, College Park East, Shady Grove, Huntington South, Dupont North, Arlington Cemetery North and South, and Archives. The average cost of a canopy is $1.5 million, but the unit cost will vary dramatically based on size, shape and location. For example, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial located at Judiciary Square puts severe constraints on the size and type of canopy that can be installed.
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