Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

The real question to ask isn't "What to do about WMATA?": The maps

Paul Meissner has created for us an integrated map showing metropolitan and regional fixed rail transit services as they are offered currently, or are under construction.

DC's streetcar, not being a metropolitan service isn't included, nor is the Purple Line light rail for Montgomery and Prince George's Counties, because embarking on construction is held up in court proceedings.
Integrated rail transit map for the Washington DC Metropolitan area
Integrated rail transit map for the Washington DC Metropolitan area by Paul J. Meissner.

I asked Paul to create this map to help me demonstrate the disconnection between services in the present day--although the WMATA map does show connections to the railroad services on their map, the railroad maps--Virginia Railway Express and MARC--do not show Metrorail, and Metrorail maps don't show VRE and MARC.

WMATA map with the Silver Line

VRE map (Washington Post graphic)

MARC map
MARC Commuter railroad map (slightly out of date)

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