Washington, DC ― WMATA to Study Integration
Rail Transit Online, February 2011
A $250,000 regional interoperability study funded by the jurisdictions that subsidize WMATA will attempt to determine how proposed light rail and streetcar projects in the region can best be integrated with the existing Metro and bus transit systems. All of the local rail systems would provide connections with
WMATA routes and most would stop at one or more Metro stations.
The analysis, scheduled for completion in the fall, is primarily aimed at showing how riders can easily transfer between modes. Other goals include achieving capital cost savings and efficiencies in maintenance and operations.
Possible solutions revolve around standardization of vehicles, infrastructure, traction power equipment and maintenance facilities and practices. Uniformity of signage, fare collection and fare media would further increase customer convenience and encourage ridership.