Now, riders and commuters have until Saturday to complete an online survey of proposals to improve service and reliability on the Blue, Orange and Silver lines.
Thursday morning, riders at the Vienna station on the Orange line weighed six alternatives that Metro has compiled. They discussed whether a larger Metro footprint would make them even more likely to use transit.
Among the alternatives, essentially turning the Blue Line into a loop — including a new stop in Georgetown and extending the line to National Harbor.
“Personally, I have no interest in National Harbor. But it would be great to get cars off the road and use that resource to get people there,” said one rider, as he stood near an Orange Line train ready to head downtown. “Right behind me is the original EV” — or electric vehicle, he said, gesturing toward the Metrorail train.
“Getting cars off the road is terrific,” he said. “And getting everybody in the EV is a great way to do that.”
Another young rider, sitting on the train before it departed, contemplated what it would take to get drivers out of their cars.
“I know a common thing that I’ve heard is building it to where more people are, like farther into Fairfax County and farther into places in Maryland,” said the rider. “I would like to see more trains running father into Virginia — Centreville, Clifton, a bit father than the current Fairfax line.”
Metro said people can take the online survey through Saturday.