Fifteen seconds before this train reached the station,this guy jumped on the tracks. Someone managed to snap a photo of the incident … but here’s the crazy part. The train stopped. The guy wasn’t hurt. Though it could have been quite the scary moment. I used to get off at this stop every single day for work. (via BuzzFeed)
I started this a side doodle/Lasso tool thing at work and then at some point decided to hunt for some Modcloth and DC Metro and light reference (friend’s picture -http://instagram.com/p/mQHH_GtJCt/) Aaaand here we are.
On March 1, 1968, WMATA officially adopted a 97.2 mile regional system in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. On February 7, 1969, WMATA revisited the rapid rail plan and relocated three of the stations, calling instead for 97.7 miles of track. The total system cost was $2.5 billion ($15.9 billion in today’s dollars) consisting of $835 million of revenue bonds issued by WMATA, $1.1 billion in federal funding, and $573.5 million from local sources. On June 11, 1970, the WMATA Board adopted a realignment of 2.5 miles of a mid-city route to better serve the city center. A version of the map that notes these changes is posted above.
Metro originally had a future route planned to Dulles Airport—the final destination of Phase 2 of the soon-to-open Silver Line—the first half of which (to McLean, Tysons, Greensboro, Spring Hill, and Wiehle-Reston) is scheduled to begin service on Saturday, July 26, 2014.
The 1968 version of WMATA’s planning map also features a different path for a route that would materialize as Metro’s Green Line. The proposed north-south route through the District was set to feature a station near Logan Circle and run north toward a terminus in Laurel, Md. An alternate route trajectory, which was being studied by WMATA and was approved in 1970, ran up-and-down 7th Street NW and featured stations located near what are now the Mt Vernon Sq 7th St-Convention Center and Shaw-Howard U Metro Stations.
According to this map, Metro also planned for a Metro line along a route that is similar to one followed by the proposed Columbia Pike streetcar in Arlington, Va.
Pro Tip: Note how the Metro Station names have changed over time.
The first portion of Metro’s long-awaited Silver Line is scheduled to open July 26 and will carry riders to five new stations from McLean to Reston. The rail line, which cost $5.6 billion, will eventually connect Dulles Airport to downtown D.C. Riders can connect at East Falls Church and the Silver Line splits off west of that station. West Falls Church is Orange Line only.