Metro has proposed major improvements for the Metrorail stations at Bethesda, Silver Spring and New Carrollton in an effort to improve access to Maryland’s future Purple Line—and the transit agency wants your feedback on its ideas.
Comments will be provided to the Metro Board of Directors for final review and approval in early 2018. If approved, all changes would be funded by the State of Maryland. The deadline for comments is Friday, Dec. 15 at 5 p.m.
Feedback can be provided by completing an online survey or by attending an open house Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 5:30 p.m., which will be followed by a public hearing at 6 p.m. Speakers are requested to register in advance via email at email@example.com.
Here are Metro’s proposed changes:
Bethesda Metrorail Station
- Construction of a new south entrance that will connect with the street level and the Bethesda Purple Line station.
Silver Spring Metrorail Station
- Construction of a new entrance from the south end of the station platform to connect with the upper level of the existing Silver Spring Transit Center and the Silver Spring Purple Line station.
New Carrollton Metrorail Station:
- Removal of 500-600 parking spaces from the Park & Ride Surface Lot 4 on the station’s north side to make way for the New Carrollton Purple Line station facilities.
- Transfer of 480 parking spaces to WMATA from the State of Maryland. This state-owned Park & Ride Lot is on the south side of New Carrollton Metrorail station.