Friday, December 01, 2006

1962 National Capital Transportation Agency

This was the plan created under the Administration of U.S. President John F. Kennedy, who took office on January 20, 1961, and served until his assassination on November 22, 1963.

"Recommendations for Transportation in the National Capital Region; A Report to the President for transmittal to Congress by the National Capital Transportation Agency" published November 1, 1962 replaced the 1959 concept of 3 separate northern radial mixed traffic highways, with that of a 2 into 1 "Y" route for a North Central Freeway as inside-the-Beltway I-70S, joined by an I-95 North East Freeway near Fort Totten, and continue together as the I-95 North Central Freeway.

The I-70S and I-95 portions of the North Central would be routed along the existing B&O Metropolitan Branch RR (today's WMATA Red Line) "avoiding the substantial relocation of persons, loss of taxable property and disruption of neighborhoods that would result from constrction of the Northeast, North Central and Northwest Freeways proposed in the 1959 plan. Further savings are realized by placing the rapid transit lines to Silver Spring and Queen's Chapel in this same railroad corridor."

1959 proposal

1962 proposal

During the earlier 1960s, the Committee of 100 on the Federal City promoted this basic B&O route concept for reduced construction costs, easier to engineer regarding its ascent/descent grade than a Wisconsin Avenue route, and reduced impacts via such a consolidated route.

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