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Old 11-26-2012, 01:15 PM
 
Location: Eastchester, Bronx, NY
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So there's the Red's Farragut North station at Connecticut and K and Blue and Orange's Farragut West at 17th and I.

I think there's a free station-to-station transfer between the two during the weekdays but shouldn't there be a transfer tunnel at least between the two? They're literally one block apart. If anything (IMO) it would give some much needed relief the overstuffed Metro Center station and prevent commuters from pretty much traveling in a circle.

IMO, it would be better than having to pick a poison: wait at the obscenely overcrowded Metro Center (made even worse b/c of a busted escalator) or having to cross K Street.
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Old 11-26-2012, 02:03 PM
 
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Thank you for redesigning our subway system. Keep up the good work with the New York system.

WMATA
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Old 11-26-2012, 02:44 PM
 
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they don't do tunnels, just platforms.
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Old 11-26-2012, 02:55 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC
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WMATA did a 2004 study of a physical tunnel. It was on their 'near term, 2010-2020' list of capital improvements in their 2008 future needs report. They've mentioned it on the 'PlanItMetro' official blog.

It would be nice, but with all of the critical capital improvement needs already pressing on the system, I don't really see a physical tunnel happening.

Edit: the estimated cost was $72 million.

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Old 11-26-2012, 07:44 PM
 
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I've been told the National Park Service wouldn't let Metro build under their park decades ago so they had to break it into two stations. The "virtual tunnel" is pretty new and designed to be a precursor to a real tunnel at some point.
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Old 11-26-2012, 10:00 PM
 
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I hear you - a tunnel between the two Farragut stations would eliminate a lot of passenger congestion in the overstuffed Metro Center station.

WMATA has also studied building a tunnel between Metro Center station on the blue-orange line (11th & G Streets NW) and Gallery Place-Archives Station on the yellow-green-red line (9th & G Streets NW).
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Old 11-27-2012, 02:08 AM
 
Location: Shaw.
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The free transfer is nice, though (one exit is 5 days a week, the other is all 7). I get to avoid Metro Center, get some fresh air, and stop at a food truck on my commute. I don't know why there aren't any signs advertising the free transfer going south. I actually just tested it today to make sure it worked in both directions (it does).
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Old 12-04-2012, 08:54 AM
 
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WMATA did a 2004 study of a physical tunnel. It was on their 'near term, 2010-2020' list of capital improvements in their 2008 future needs report. They've mentioned it on the 'PlanItMetro' official blog.

It would be nice, but with all of the critical capital improvement needs already pressing on the system, I don't really see a physical tunnel happening.

Edit: the estimated cost was $72 million.
Can't remember where I read it, but the Farragut virtual tunnel was designed as a temporary solution as they are in the early stages of planning for a physical tunnel between the two stations. Since there are no connecting tunnels this would be new territory for WMATA. I thought this was a genius compromise as a near term solution since there are other pressing needs as KStreetQB has said.
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Old 12-04-2012, 09:48 AM
 
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Unless it's raining, there doesn't seem to be a difference between the tunnel/no tunnel option.
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Old 12-04-2012, 10:31 AM
 
Location: Washington, DC
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WMATA sent out a survey yesterday with a question or two about the tunnels. I don't think it's any indication of an imminent investment, but they still appear to be tossing the idea around in their long-term planning discussions.
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