Katie Jordan '24
With summer right around the corner, you might be planning some fun activities around the city with your friends. Say you want to go to a restaurant; how will you get there? Maybe you can’t drive by yourself, or maybe you’re trying to reduce your carbon footprint, but regardless of the reason, public transit is a great option for getting around. I will inform you of the plans to expand the silver line on the Metro, as well as the redesign of K street. Hopefully, this will encourage you to take advantage of DC’s public transit this summer, and beyond.
This summer the silver line expansion is expected to open. While this new extension to the line reaches further into Virginia, it will hopefully help people who live further from the city have access to all the city has to offer without having to jump in their car and brave the highway traffic. Without delays, the newest portion of the line is expected to open in July and will extend from the Wiehle-Reston station to a new station out in Ashburn. This extension will also have a stop at Dulles airport, so if you’re traveling this summer, you can take the metro there. Overall, this extension should help to cut travel times in and out of the city, as well as between neighboring suburban areas.
Not opening this summer but opening late next year are new bus and bike lanes on K Street. K Street has a wide variety of dining options and a few beautiful public parks, and is also a major commuting road. If you’ve ever driven on this street, you’ll know that the traffic is absolutely horrible. From confusing service lanes to perplexing turn signs that only allow for turns at certain times of the day, this road can be frustrating. The city will be redesigning the road in an attempt to make traffic move faster, as well as shortening travel times for bus riders, and making the road safer for cyclists. DC plans to remove the service lanes and create a dedicated two-way bus lane in the center of the road. The bus lanes will be flanked on both sides by a protected bike lane, and the outer four lanes of the road will be for car traffic. This redesign will be on a one-mile stretch from 12th to 21st street and will be DC’s first dedicated transitway.
These two new plans to expand public transit are only a snapshot of the amazing transit options in DC. From buses to the metro, to the increasing number of protected bike lanes, there are so many options for traveling around the city outside of a car. This summer I hope you get out of your car and make use of the public transit the city has to offer.
Lazo, Luz. "K Street makeover will bring dedicated bus lanes, remove service lanes." The Washington Post, 7 Apr. 2022, www.washingtonpost.com/transportation/2022/04/07/dc-k-street-transitway/. Accessed 6 May 2022.
Waseem, Fatimah. "Silver Line extension opening date pushed once again to summer 2022." Fairfax County Local News, 2 Mar. 2022, www.ffxnow.com/2022/03/02/silver-line-extension-opening-date-pushed-once-again-to-summer-2022/. Accessed 7 May 2022.