How can we improve the results of major public transit investments?


Washington D.C.’s 2014 Metrorail expansion runs, on elevated track lines, through the sprawling and auto-oriented Tysons Corner. Originally conceived as a means of transforming Tysons Corner into a true urban downtown with high walk-ability, the Silver Line’s expansion became mired in a fight over whether to go underground or above ground. In her 2015 thesis, Katie Blizzard (MCP ’15) examines the history of this debate and how the public controversy led to a suboptimal. She presents strong evidence supporting a conclusion that flawed federal funding criteria, the costs associated with high-level political disagreements and the constraints imposed by uncompetitive contracting were all to blame. To read more of Katie’s analysis and conclusions, click here.


Posted on February 26, 2016, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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