Originally Posted by 14thandYou
...and the first streetcar line goes between two places where nobody lives. Awesome!
True. That's the reason why I believe that the "streetcar" idea will have a rough start, especially since it has no links to any Metro stops, particularly the H St streetcar line. What they should have done from the start (and what I believe is planned in the main future) is to connect it to Minnesota Avenue and Union Station or at least the New York Avenue station. If this happens, it could really quicken the gentrification of the H Street neighborhoods and bring business opportunities to those places.
The Anacostia streetcar line will be almost useless until they connect it to Minnesota Ave and Benning Road stations, alleviating space to Metrorail and giving local people in those communities a quicker way to get through the deep part of Southeast. Sorry if this also sounds classist, but I would also imagine that many people who live in Capitol Hill would be really supportive of this line in order to reroute some of the more lower-class individuals and not to habe them go through their neighborhoods.
As for heavy rail, here's how I would plan out metro expansion:
-Blue Line Southwest bound: Expand it from Springfield to Woodbridge, vis stops in Newington, Lorton, Woodbridge itself, and Daly City around Potomac Mills.
-Blue Line Eastbound: An extension to Upper Marlboro in the distant future, and possibly an extension through the coastal towns of Calvert to Lexington Park in the very
distant future (if sprawl ever gets that bad), but by that time I feel as if DC metro/MARC should have more of a commuter-based rail service to serve those areas.
-Also, reroute the Blue Line to go along Benning Rd in NE, Florida Ave, R St NW, Rhode Island Ave, New Hampshire Ave, M St, and Finally rejoin in Rosslyn. Stops would include Oklahoma Ave, the Intersection of H St/Bladensburg Rd/Maryland Ave, West Virginia Ave, connect with New York Ave (Red), Truxton Circle @ Florida/1st/R Sts, connect with Shaw-Howard Univ (Green), Logan Circle, connect with Dupont Circle (Red), the intersection of N.H. Ave, and M St, and (finally) a Georgetown station @ M St and Wisconsin Ave.
-Red Eastbound: Expand to Olney, via stops at Aspen Hill, Norbeck-Rossmoor, and Olney, all along Georgia Ave.
-Red Westbound: Expand to (at least) Germantown, with stops at Gaithersburg, Germantown, and a stop at Clarksburg on I-270, feeding in and reliving the direct traffic from Outer Montgomery and Frederick. An extension to Frederick would definitely be planned in the distant future.
-Green Southbound: Expand to Waldorf via Andres AFB, the new Westphalia project, Clinton, and Waldorf. La Plata could be a future station extension.
-Green Northbound: Expand to BWI, via Beltsville, the new Konterra project, Laurel, Fort Meade, Arundel Mills, and Glen Burnie. Pulling a few strings of political red-tape, it could easily see an extension to Downtown Baltimore.
-Orange Eastbound: Expand to Bowie via Seabrook, Glen Dale, and Bowie Town Center. This could be extended to Annapolis in the distant future.
-Orange Westbound: Expand to (at least) Manassas via stops @ Chain Bridge/I-66, Fair Oaks Mall/Rt 50, Sully Rd/Centreville, then it veers off I-66 and stops at Bull Run and Downtown Manassas. This could be extended to Haymarket in the distant future and Front Royal in the very
distant future when
sprawl gets that bad, but would be better off served by a commuter rail line.
-Yellow Line Southbound: Expands to Ft Belvoir via stops at Belle Haven, Hybla Valley, Mt Vernon, Ft Belvoir, and intersects with Lorton (Blue)
-Yellow Line Northbound: Expand it to Columbia, MD, via veering it off at Georgia Ave/Petworth, and have it go through Georgia Ave via stops at Sherman Park, Brightwood (via Missouri Ave/Military Rd), Walter Reed Army Medical Center, intersect with Silver Spring (Red), then veer off to Rt. 29 and make stops in Sligo Creek Pkwy, University Blvd, White Oak-Naval Surface Warfare Center, Cherry Hill Rd, Burtonsville, Patuxent Fwy, and finally a stop near the Mall in Columbia on Columbia Pike with easy pedestrian access to the mall. This could be extended to Ellicott City in the distant future.
Silver Line Westbound: Could be extend to Leesburg via stops at Belmont Ridge Road and Downtown Leesburg in the distant future. Growth plans would have to be foreseen to determine more future stops.
I also have a proposed beltway-parallel Heavy Rail Line
that would connect most of the terminals and improve suburb-to-suburb transit, but I'll save that for another time.....
P.S. I always notice how the transit blog greatergreaterwashington always has these "fantasy rail" maps which depicts future potential rail lines. If anyone knows the software or program where anyone make their own "fantasy rail map," I'd really appreciate it, seeing that I sort of have a comprehensive plan on how to expand metro effectively.