Instead of Expanding Metro’s Reach, How About Increasing the Frequency of Trains?

I get that two of the three jurisdictions that ‘govern’ WMATA (commonly called ‘Metro’) are suburban, which leads to Metro being a glorified commuter rail as opposed to a mass transit system. But instead of expanding it even further into Virginia, how about we run some additional mid- to late-evening and weekend service on the interior parts of the lines? There’s a point where trying to make exurbs more transit-oriented has rapidly diminishing returns, whereas relatively small increases in service in urban areas can greatly improve the utility of the service. Put another way, outer suburbs and exurbs are car-dependent: it’s about as useful as putting lipstick on a pig.

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