Metro’s Transit Zone
Note: Service to Loudoun County is anticipated to begin in FY 2017 with the extension of Metrorail to Dulles Airport.
6 Capital Needs Inventory
a n t i - t e r r o r i s m t e a m s , a n d p r o v i d e s s e c u r i t y a n d c r o w d c o n t r o l a t s p e c i a l e v e n t s
impacting Metro. In the case of a crisis or emergency, Metro serves as a critical
evacuation mode for the region.
Statistically, mass transit is the safest mode of transportation. Historically, highway crashes
are the leading cause of death among Americans 3 to 34 years old, and the third leading
cause of death in the U.S. among all persons under the age of 70. In 2006, there were 31,326 occupant fatalities on U.S. roadways (includes passenger cars, vans, SUVS and light trucks). In the same year, less than 1% of all fatalities occurred on U.S. urban public transit systems. Of these, 94 resulted from bus incidents, 125 from rail incidents (light,
heavy and commuter) and 8 from other public transit modes. Similarly, of the total transportation injuries in 2006, 99.9% were on U.S. roadways while .01% oc- curred on public transit systems.
The CNI will enable Metro to keep safety and security a priority.
Overview of Future Transit Demand
The Metropolitan Washington Council of Govern- ments projects that from 2005 to 2030 employment in the region is expected to increase by nearly 40%. Population is expected to grow by 32% and households by 35%. Job growth in northern Virginia and the Maryland suburbs is expected to increase by 51% and 38%, respectively, and population growth in Loudoun County is expected to increase by a notable 89%. The District of Columbia is laying the foundation to increase its population by 24% by increasing its housing stock and expanding community-based retail. This phe- nomenal growth will translate into increased demand for Metrorail, Metrobus and MetroAccess services.
Regional Growth: 2005-2030
Metropolitan Total Metro Service Area
Inside Beltway Outside Beltway Outer Suburbs
Source: MWCOG Round 7.1 Cooperative Land Use Forecasts, 2008