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D.C. Metro history: A timeline

From the planning stages to the newest 7000-series cars

Photo via NCinDC

The idea for a rail system in the nation’s capital was born in the 1950s. Since then, the Metro has become one of the largest public-works projects ever built as well as one of the busies rail transit systems in the nation. Still, it continues to grow with plans for the Purple Line and the second phase of the Silver Line.

With information compiled from WAMU, WMATA, The Washington Post, and author Zachary M. Schrag’s research, get a quick look at the history of D.C.’s rapid transit system with the timeline below.

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