Washington Metro: Our National Model

by Robert S. O'Neil, (M.ASCE), Chf. Engr.; De Leuw, Cather & Co., Washington, D.C.,
Edmund A. Fairhead, Chief Specification Engr.; De Leuw, Cather & Co., Washington, D.C.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1976, Vol. 46, Issue 9, Pg. 70-76

Document Type: Feature article


The first segment of Washington D.C.'s rapid transit railway is now open. The system features a host of engineering innovations in the areas of aerial structures, tunneling, stations, systems operations, and materials. The total system is the largest public works project of its type ever undertaken in an American metropolitan area. Metro is a dual rail rapid transit system serving nearly 3,000,000 people.

Subject Headings: Rapid transit systems | Subways | Systems engineering | Innovation | Structural systems | Tunneling | Construction materials | Infrastructure | Washington | United States

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