Future GW students may not have to worry about how they are going to get to all three local airports if Metro finishes recently proposed expansions to both Dulles and Baltimore-Washington International.
Late last month Maryland initiated a $1 million study to analyze a possible 20-mile expansion of the Metro’s green line with a stop at BWI. Virginia is already planning on spending an estimated $4 billion on Metro expansion to Dulles. Virginia expects to have the expansion completed within 10 years, and Maryland estimates its study will be finished by 2008.
“(The) Commonwealth of Virginia is moving ahead with Dulles, (but) the state of Maryland is still studying the possible feasibility of expansion to BWI,” Metro spokesman Steven Taub said in an interview last week.
Maryland officials realize that they must move fast with any plans to expand the Metro to BWI because Virginia has already began planning its expansion to Dulles, Taub said. The timeframe for the first phase of expansion to Dulles would be between 2011 and 2015.
“Similar to Reagan National Airport, many people will use the Metro to BWI and Dulles,” Taub said. “The Metro would not only benefit students at GW, but also everyone in the metro area.”
Students at GW said they support the Metro expansion to BWI and Dulles. Freshman Lily Goldstein said she thinks students would heavily take the Metro to BWI and Dulles once stops are created.
“If there were Metro stations it would be much easier for students to get there,” she said.
“I frequently fly home from BWI and having a Metro stop there would be extremely convenient,” freshman Whitney Eidman said. “Flights from BWI and Dulles are often cheaper and I would definitely take advantage of those airports if they were Metro accessible.”
Right now, students can take Washington Flyer or Metro buses to Dulles Airport, and can travel to BWI via bus or MARC train.