Approximately 86% of the region’s new office construction is occurring within one-quarter mile of Metrorail stations, 93% within the half-mile walk sheds.
A Washington Post article from October 2013 made a staggering assertion: That 84% of new office construction in the region is occurring within one quarter mile of a Metrorail station, according to Jones Lang LaSalle and other data sources. As we continue to dig into walk sheds and the land-use/transportation connection, we thought we would revisit this assertion and update it for 2015.
Since the Post article was written, we have begun to plan for near-term capacity constraints that might result from increased ridership caused by new households and jobs near Metro. And part of this planning is gaining insight as to where and when new housing units and office space may come online through real estate industry data sources. Through this research, we are able to update the statistic above:
86% of new office construction in the Washington region is occurring within one-quarter mile of a Metrorail station.
New office currently under construction in the Washington region. All but four projects are within a half-mile of Metrorail. Data from Jones, Lang, LaSalle.
Local leaders are set to commit to Metro’s long term state of good repair needs for the first time through the region’s transportation plan, but the plan omits key investments that are critical to solving some of the region’s most critical needs.
This fall the region’s transportation leaders will approve an update the Constrained Long Range Plan (CLRP) financial plan, required by federal law every four years, to ensure the region’s ability to pay for transportation expenditures with reasonably anticipated revenues. During the 2014 update, Metro collaborated with staff from the Transportation Planning Board (TPB), the region’s Metropolitan Planning Organization, and the three state DOTs to identify funding for the system’s long-term operations and maintenance (O&M) and capital needs. The draft plan, which expresses the region’s major transportation priorities, is scheduled to be adopted by the TPB on October 15th.
Projection of Metro’s future fleet State of Good Repair (SGR) capital needs
Though many of the stations that Metro 2025 seeks to improve are in the District of Columbia, the capacity expansion would help riders from all jurisdictions.
Metro needs to improve the capacity at over a dozen stations: some of these stations are at capacity today, and our 100% eight-car train program will bring even more customers to already crowded stations. We know we need to build new escalators, expand mezzanines, and build pedestrian passageways to meet this future demand.
The fact is that Metro 2025 is designed to benefit the Washington metropolitan area, residents of the District, Maryland and Virginia, as well as visitors from around the country and the world.
If you’re a commuter in Maryland or Virginia, it may look like the benefit of these improvements are focused on D.C. residents. After all, 10 out of the 15 stations are located in the District of Columbia. But the diagram below shows most of the riders who use these stations – those who create the need today, and who would benefit from fixing it – live in Maryland or Virginia. In fact, 77% of the users of the Metro 2025 stations live in the suburbs.
Fixing core stations in Metro 2025 helps riders from all jurisdictions
Help us make the Metro 2025 projects in Momentum a reality! Learn more about Momentum, call on your elected representatives, and endorse the plan.