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Farragut "Virtual Tunnel" close to reality (after only 3 years!)
The Washington Post reported today that Richard Sarles has included in his first 6-month report as full-time Director of Metro, that the "Virtual Tunnel" between the Farragut stations will be functional this fall.
Here's what the Post said today: "In his first six-month report since being hired as Metro’s permanent chief, Sarles also said the agency will create a 'virtual tunnel' between Farragut North on the Red Line and Farragut West on the Orange and Blue lines, allowing riders to go from one station to the other without paying a new fare."
Why it took this long is a bit of a mystery. Metro has been tying this service to changes in the SmarTrip card, which are finally just now being completed. However, I learned way back in 2008 that the capability has always existed--even with paper farecards--to implement this service. It will be interesting to see how popular the tunnel is once the ridership is educated about it.
Steve Offutt, Arlington, has x-ray vision and can actually "see" the invisible tunnel.