Washington METRO: A People's Eye View

by Ann E. Seltz-Petrash, Production Editor; CIVIL ENGINEERING—ASCE, New York, N.Y.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1979, Vol. 49, Issue 6, Pg. 59-63

Document Type: Feature article


Much has been written about the technical aspects of this 101 mile, 86 station system. But as important in Washington, D.C. were the political aspects. Backed by Presidents; scrutinized by congresspersons and governed by a complex system of representatives from 8 jurisdictions in two states and the District of Columbia, some say it is a wonder the system exists at all. Washington METRO now has 60.7 miles of track and 26 stations in operation, and its ridership is greater than anyone projected: 250,000 rides per work day. Here's how it came to be, who runs it and some of the peripheral points of interest that often make or break a system. Included is a two-page box on construction details, with extensive photos.

Subject Headings: Subways | Political factors | Jurisdiction | Railroad stations | Ridership | Construction management | United States | Washington | District of Columbia

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