How D.C. transportation will maybe, hopefully, probably improve

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Neighbors have fought for the city building a second entrance for the Foggy Bottom Metro.

A second entrance for the Foggy Bottom Metro station?
Foggy Bottom residents have long pushed for a second entrance to its Metro station.
The plan, originally conceived in 2007, would relieve congestion at the current Foggy Bottom stop – one of the busiest single entrances in the city – by building a second entrance near Phillips Hall. Neighbors called for the second entrance most recently this summer, when a local governing group demanded that GW put $700,000 towards the project before the D.C. Council allowed the University to build on a public alley. Council member Jack Evans, who is running for mayor in 2014, said he would still be interested in pursuing the second Foggy Bottom Metro entrance.

The Silver Line
Construction crews are nearly finished with the first half of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail project. The $5.6 billion plan will ultimately connect D.C. to Dulles International Airport with a 23-mile extension – the longest addition to the Metro system in its four-decade history. Five of the new stations are expected to open at the start of 2014 despite budget woes.

Streetcar network

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The streetcar network could ease congestion and increase public transportation access.

D.C. officials hope this system of electrically run rail vehicles will ease congestion in a city with packed Metro stations and buses. It is also meant to improve access for residents on the outskirts of the public transportation grid. Workers finished laying tracks for the first line this summer. The line runs from the corner of Oklahoma Avenue and Benning Road in Southeast D.C. to near Union Station.

City officials expect at least one section of the network to operate this fall, making it the first streetcar line in the District since the 1960s. If that line is successful, the D.C. Department of Transportation will start construction for the rest of a proposed 37-mile system. Among the proposed extensions is a line from Union Station to Georgetown, which would most likely run through the edge of the Foggy Bottom Campus and end either near the Georgetown waterfront or at Georgetown University’s campus.

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