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Old 09-15-2016, 02:31 PM
 
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Metro doesn't serve Georgetown, Adams Morgan or half of the predominantly black neighborhoods in the city.
It was voted down by Georgetown residents back in the 70s and highly regretted to this day. Adams Morgan is not directly served but surrounded by stations in close proximity at Woodley Park, Dupont Circle and Columbia Heights so it's far from isolated and certainly walkable for most. I disagree regarding your assertion of "black neighborhoods" being avoided if one has any knowledge MetroRail which has a heavy presence (4 lines and around 20 stations) in the Northeast and Southeast quadrants which are heavily Black majority.
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Old 09-15-2016, 02:37 PM
 
Location: That star on your map in the middle of the East Coast, DMV
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As this is an obvious thread made specifically to downplay DC due to the envy of it being the 2nd busiest system in America. I will say as I have traveled extensively throughout the US, and DC's ENTIRE mass transit not just Metro trains, is still top three/four in the US. Not just on paper, but in real life.

Over the course of the next couple of decades DC will be poised to separate itself further from the others with the additions of Silver line Phase 2, Purple line in MD, BRT in MoCo and Arlington already under way, and eventual expansion and connection of the streetcar system.

And Lord knows if the pipe dream HSR comes into play, then all of you will really kick rocks.
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Old 09-15-2016, 02:40 PM
 
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As this is an obvious thread made specifically to downplay DC due to the envy of it being the 2nd busiest system in America. I will say as I have traveled extensively throughout the US, and DC's ENTIRE mass transit not just Metro trains, is still top three/four in the US. Not just on paper, but in real life.
I agree, and would say top three after NYC and Chicago.
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Old 09-15-2016, 03:09 PM
 
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I agree, and would say top three after NYC and Chicago.
I'd agree also.
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Old 09-15-2016, 03:14 PM
 
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I agree, and would say top three after NYC and Chicago.
I'm not so sure it tops Boston.
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Old 09-15-2016, 03:29 PM
 
Location: Maryland
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I'm not so sure it tops Boston.
When I lived in Boston, the green line blew monkey balls, and I'm not convinced it's gotten much better, which I think is the major flaw in the T.
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Old 09-15-2016, 07:15 PM
 
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I'm not so sure it tops Boston.
From an infrastructure standpoint I'm not sure it tops the bay area, or philly even. Boston's problem is it's antiquated suburban rail system. DC's problem is that it only has one system to handle both city and suburban transit.
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Old 09-15-2016, 07:48 PM
 
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I think one can argue forever re. Boston, DC, Philly, Chicago and SF transit quality. They're all pretty close, and all have their pluses and minuses.

All are very good for U.S. standards, and sorta weak for global standards. All are good enough for a few exceptional types (singles, college students, transient people) to go car-free, but not really good enough for "regular people" (stable middle class families with kids) to go car-free.
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Old 09-15-2016, 11:31 PM
 
Location: That star on your map in the middle of the East Coast, DMV
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From an infrastructure standpoint I'm not sure it tops the bay area, or philly even. Boston's problem is it's antiquated suburban rail system. DC's problem is that it only has one system to handle both city and suburban transit.
In terms of heavy rail kinda. There is regional rail of course but the MD Purple line will be the first suburb to suburb rail in the region without going into DC. All of the major jurisdictions have their own bus services that run independent from Metrobus, but in addition to Metrobus you have DASH, ART, Ride On, The Bus, Circulator, Loudoun County transit etc.
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Old 09-16-2016, 06:39 AM
 
Location: NYC/CLE
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In terms of heavy rail kinda. There is regional rail of course but the MD Purple line will be the first suburb to suburb rail in the region without going into DC. All of the major jurisdictions have their own bus services that run independent from Metrobus, but in addition to Metrobus you have DASH, ART, Ride On, The Bus, Circulator, Loudoun County transit etc.
DC only has 5 commuter rail lines (3MARC 2 VRE) compared to 13 for Boston, 14 for Phila. That is my biggest issue with DC transit personally.
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