Metrorail turns 35 years old today. Happy birthday, Metro!

While the system certainly has its share of problems, we should all be able to agree that Metro greatly enriched our region, created enormous economic value especially in one-struggling downtown and suburban areas, and helped our whole region grow substantially with less traffic congestion than we would otherwise have seen.

In honor of Metro’s birthday, here is a repost of one of our most popular features, the animated history of Metrorail.




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At some point I will update this with the Orange and Yellow Line service increase and Silver Line. For notes on the maps, see the original post.

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David Alpert is the founder of Greater Greater Washington and its board president. He worked as a Product Manager for Google for six years and has lived in the Boston, San Francisco, and New York metro areas in addition to Washington, DC. He now lives with his wife and daughter in Dupont Circle.