Metro Train on a bridge over the Potomac River
Just a random picture of the Yellow Line Metro train on a bridge over the Potomac. Its last stop before the bridge: L'Enfant Plaza station in the District. It's next stop: the Pentagon in Virginia. The Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority (WMATA) is the second-largest rail and fifth-largest bus system in the nation. One-third of the federal workforce relies on Metro as transportation to and from work. Nearly 42 percent of all commuters utilize Metrorail and Metrobus.
Construction of the system began in 1969. It covers a 1,500 square mile area and serves more than 3.5 million people in the metropolitan area. There are 86 stations and over 105 miles of track in the Metrorail grid. Metrobus covers considerably more area than rail. To see a map of the Metrorail system, go here.
Photo copyright: D.C. Confidential, 07/08