The Nation: The Nation, Apr. 5, 1976

Sixty-seven years after it was first proposed, 16 years after the present plan was devised, seven years after excavation crews began tearing up the streets, the first subway system in the nation's capital was opened to the public last week—40 months behind schedule. In some ways the delay seemed worthwhile. The silver-and-chocolate-colored trains, guided by computers, glide at speeds of up to 75 m.p.h. on cushioned rails. For security, there are TV cameras that tilt, pan and zoom, as well as cops on every train. Many of the stations will feature $1-a-day "Park & Ride" lots for motorists, "Bike & Ride"...