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D.C. Mondays: A History of the Washington Metro

Foggy Bottom GWU metro station in Washington, D.C.


Drivers in the nation's capital face a host of hazards: high-speed traffic circles, presidential motorcades and jaywalking tourists. And parking? Don't bet on it unless you are in the fast lane of the Capital Beltway during rush hour. It is little wonder that so many residents and visitors rely on the Washington Metro, the 106-mile rapid transit system that serves the District of Columbia and its inner suburbs. In this talk, Zachary Schrag will explore the history of the metro and how it coincides with the development of metropolitan D.C.  

About Zachary M. Schrag 

Zachary M. Schrag studies cities, technology and public policy in the United States in the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Schrag’s first book, The Great Society Subway: A History of the Washington Metro  (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006), examines the politics, planning, engineering, architecture, finance and operations of the nation’s second-largest rail transit system, arguing that Metro is best understood as the concrete manifestation of Great Society ideals.  

How to Participate

To participate, register online, and we will email you a link and instructions for joining the program on Zoom. Simply follow that link at the time the event starts (12 p.m. EDT). When you register, you can also request to receive a reminder email one day before the program with the link included.  

About the D.C. Mondays Series

Join local authors, researchers and community members online for lively discussions about Washington, D.C.’s history, politics, culture and more. Browse upcoming programs