"As D.C. area developers gobble up land, Metro system poised to become more overwhelmed
By Jonathan O’Connell, Published: October 13 2013
At 390 feet, the nearly complete office building in Rosslyn will be the tallest in the Washington region, pitched to potential tenants as the pinnacle of design, efficiency and, above all, accessibility.
Soaring over the Rosslyn Metro Station, 1812 North Moore Street is “conveniently located only two minutes by Metro from downtown Washington, D.C.,” according to the project’s marketing material.
The problem is when you look underneath. The 580,000-square-foot tower is sitting atop one of the region’s most congested stations.
The tunnel that connects the Rosslyn Metro station to the District under the Potomac River is the biggest choke point in the 37-year-old transit system, the site of its largest undergound traffic jam. Even when Metro is running the maximum number of trains possible, which is 26 per hour in each direction, riders at rush hour are often left to decide between cramming themselves onto an already stuffed train or waiting for the next one and hoping it isn’t as full. The advertised two-minute travel time to Foggy Bottom — which Metro’s trip planner say is actually three minutes — can quickly double or triple.”
Photo: Jeffrey MacMillan/For The Washington Post - View of Rosslyn skyline.
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