Metro expansion could include Georgetown station
WASHINGTON - Metro is looking to expand as the D.C. region continues to grow – and their plan could include a Georgetown station.
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Transportation officials are discussing the addition of a new station in Northwest and an expansion on the current line.
The goal is to accommodate an anticipated surge in ridership.
A study published this week by Metro’s Finance and Capital Committee highlighted options that would address growth and reliability of Metro.
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The plan could include a realignment of the Blue Line, the addition of a new second Rosslyn Metro Station, and the construction of a new tunnel to a possible Georgetown station.
They estimate the project could cost between $20 and $25 billion – and would be a significant improvement for ridership growth.
Metro says it would add an extra 180,000 weekday trips – and generate $154 million in annual revenue.
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The Georgetown Business Improvement District says they’re hoping the station becomes a reality:
"Everybody's on the same page - Metro should come to Georgetown. We're the largest employment center in the District of Columbia that doesn't have a Metro station. We have 23,000 people working here and no metro station. So, it's really time it’s going to take you know a generation to do it, but now's the time to start planning," said Georgetown BID CEO Joe Sternlieb.
Other options include a few realignments of different lines that would add service to Greenbelt and New Carrollton – or to leave Metro as is.
Any plan that is decided on would take nearly 20 years to complete.
Metro said they will select a final plan sometime next year.