CFA 21/SEP/04-9


Anacostia Light Rail
United States

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
Anacostia Light Rail
Following the CSX rail alignment from Pennsylvania Avenue, SE to Bolling Air Force Base, South Capitol Street, SE
Review Type


Dear Mr. White:

During its 21 September 2004 meeting, the Commission reviewed and approved the concept design for the Anacostia Light Rail demonstration project. The members were very excited at the prospect of reintroducing light rail back to Washington and made several recommendations for further study. It was suggested that a full size mockup or prototype of the station shelter be constructed so that its detailing can be carefully studied. The model for this request was the prototypes of the Metro station escalator canopies that were constructed before the full canopy program was approved. The members also recommended that the station’s lighting receive careful consideration so that light levels on the platform are not overly bright but balanced with surrounding illumination and with that in the cars. Another question asked was if advertising will be incorporated into the new system and how it will be accommodated in the station’s initial design.

In addition, the members were pleased to hear that WMATA’s public art program will be integrated into this demonstration project. Any and all possible efforts to make the addition of unique art installations integral to the stations’ designs will be encouraged.

We look forward to further review of next phases of the project in the future. As always, the staff is available to assist you and the design team.


/s/Frederick J. Lindstrom
Acting Secretary

Mr. Richard A. White
General Manager and Chief Executive Officer
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
600 5th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001

cc: John D. Thomas, WMATA
Ed Riley, WMATA
Michael McBride, WMATA