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MCDOT wants to find ways to connect the Shady Grove Metro station with the Metropolitan Grove MARC station.

MCDOT wants to find ways to connect the Shady Grove Metro station with the Metropolitan Grove MARC station.

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MCDOT to Explore Connecting Shady Grove, Metropolitan Grove

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation said it will use new grant money to find ways to connect the Metropolitan Grove MARC station and Shady Grove Metro station.

MCDOT said it received a $60,000 grant under the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board’s Transportation Land-Use Connections Program. The agency intends to use the money to develop a short-term transit plan, until the broader Corridor Cities Transitway is funded and put in place.

Under the short-term plan, MCDOT is exploring using the Watkins Mill interchange of I-270 to the Metropolitan Grove MARC station and Park N’ Ride. This could go into effect in 2020, when construction of the interchange is done.

The grant to MCDOT is one of nine approved by the Transportation Planning Board, which is distributing $500,000 to projects that promote walkability and transit access. Other projects include:

  • A study to improve access to the Anacostia Metro station – $60,000
  • A survey to collect data about different transportation modes in Montgomery County– $40,000
  • A plan for improving bicycle and pedestrian access to the Cheverly Metro station – $60,000
  • A plan for trail and sidewalk improvements in the Eastover and Forest Heights area – $60,000
  • A parking study for the Purple Line in Prince George’s County – $50,000
  • Development of standards for innovative transit services to lower-density neighborhoods in Arlington County – $60,000
  • A study to design a trail to the Lorton VRE station in Fairfax County: $60,000
  • Development of mixed-use zoning regulations for small area plans to support mutliple travel modes in Prince William County – $50,000

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