A breakdown of how Metro will look by 2022 — and why it might not be a bad thing

Some of Washington’s big-ticket rail services are set to return to pre-1996 levels, according to the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. In its 2019 Regional Transport Plan, the council now says that it expects Metro’s performance to steadily improve to match its pre-epidemic, post-2008 levels starting in 2022.

Today, about 43 percent of Washingtonians live within a five-minute walk of a Metrobus, the largest percentage in America, says the council.

This year, more than 117 million passengers took Metrobus, up slightly from 2017.

There were 367,000 bike trips on Metrobikes last year, up 5 percent from 2017.

A new Metrobus line—Capital Link—started service last year.

“The gain in ridership is based in large part on the good will and the momentum created by recent capital projects that were long-anticipated, and is sustained by improvements in the overall system,” says the council. “By 2021 the trams will run, signaling completion will be made, and extensive station work will be done.”

“These new updates will increase ridership and level the playing field for local ridership.”

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