Metro’s Benefits to the Region

June 18th, 2013

Metro Moves the RegionTo Move People by RoadMetros Saves People TimeMetro does far more for the region than simply providing transportation. It also provides economic, social, and environmental benefits which contribute to the region’s health and vitality.

Making the Case for Transit (2011) found that without Metro and the regional transit system that it feeds:

  • There would be one million more auto trips per day;
  • Congestion would increase by 25 percent;
  • All Potomac River crossings would need four to six additional lanes; and
  • Downtown Washington would require 200,000 more parking spaces, which is the equivalent of 166 blocks of five-story garages, at a cost of at least $4 billion (2012), excluding land.

For more information:

Download both the full Momentum plan and the Executive Summary.

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  1. Stephen
    June 18th, 2013 at 11:10 | #1

    Great presentation of your findings. We’re going to be looking at the MWCOG 2011 Aerial Traffic Congestion Survey as well for information about current bottlenecks.

  2. June 18th, 2013 at 15:57 | #2

    Excellent findings about the importance of transit to the region and great graphics to effectively illustrate them. Sometimes we take Metro for granted without realizing how critical it is to the quality of life of the region.

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