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10/22/2003



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WMATA to present environmental assessment for proposed Anacostia corridor


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On Oct. 28, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) plans to hold a public hearing to discuss the environmental assessment for the Anacostia Corridor Demonstration Project.

The project is part of an 18-month study to determine transit technology, alignment and operating parameters to best serve future transit corridors through Washington, D.C.

The three-mile corridor would operate on CSX Transportation right-of-way between Bolling Air Force Base and Pennsylvania Avenue.

New transit technologies are being studied for the corridor, including vehicles powered by overhead electric sources and diesel engines. The study includes two alignments, from the Air Force base to the Anacostia Metrorail Station, or from the Air Force base to a station south of Pennsylvania Avenue.

The assessment identifies impacts the alternatives would have on surrounding environments.

Once service begins on the corridor, the project would have a three-year evaluation period. At the end of the evaluation, WMATA officials would decide whether to continue service.




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