Green Line Budget Approval

The image above depicts Ronald Reagan presenting his first state of the union in 1986, but I use this image as a representation of his administration and how it played a vital role in Washington D.C.’s metro system. In 1985, the Reagan administration endorsed  a long-debated plan to expand the Metro subway system to 89.5 miles, including a Green Line branch to Greenbelt in Prince George’s County and a Yellow Line spur to a Van Dorn Street station in Alexandria’s West End. The Reagan administration initially opposed further federal appropriations for Metro construction beyond 89.5 miles, and at the time Metro officials did not devise a plan to obtain funds to complete the proposed 102.7-mile system. Thus, there was a lack of federal funding to support the Green Line’s construction, which led to set-backs and ultimately a delay in the Green Line’s construction by an entire year. Eventually the administration fully funded the Green Line’s entire construction, but this event was an example of Washington D.C.’s  neighborhoods are contingent upon congress to provide federal funding. The metro system can be seen as veins that pump within Washington D.C., because just like the vital role veins play in the human anatomy so does its metro system. For example, the establishment of the green line allowed for working class commuters to easily access other neighborhoods including downtown.



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