If there is one major difference between the DC Metro and the great urban subway systems in cities like NYC, Tokyo, Paris, London, etc., it would be the focus of the system. In these cities, the subway is designed to move people within the city. Metro is designed primarily to get suburban commuters into downtown. It is mono-centric. What this means for city dwellers is that while it’s pretty easy to get from Columbia Heights to downtown, it’s much more difficult to get from Columbia Heights to Adams Morgan. This made sense at the time. While older cities built subway systems to manage urban growth, Metro was built at a time when DC was in a decline. Population was rapidly decreasing and residents were moving to the suburbs. Metro was designed to minimize auto traffic into the city.
Now that DC is seeing a renaissance, we are looking for new solutions to handle urban growth and mobility. One of those solutions is the new modern streetcar system...
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