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1/26/2004



Rail News: Rail Industry Trends

WMATA renames stations, begins to build parking structure


Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) recently renamed three Metrorail stations to more closely identify the buildings with the neighborhoods they serve and help passengers locate surrounding areas.

The authority renamed the Rhode Island Avenue station the Rhode Island Avenue-Brentwood Metrorail Station and the Archives-Navy Memorial station, the Archives-Navy Memorial Penn Quarter Metrorail Station. New York Avenue station — currently under construction on the Red Line — was officially named New York Avenue-Florida Avenue-Gallaudet U Metrorail Station.

District of Columbia will pay $210,840 to produce and install new signage at the Archives-Navy Memorial Penn Quarter Metrorail Station and Rhode Island Avenue-Brentwood Metrorail Station. New York Avenue-Florida Avenue Gallaudet U Station is scheduled to open in December, so the signage expenses will be included in construction costs.

WMATA also recently broke ground on a six-level, 1,200-space West Falls Church-VT/UVA parking structure. The authority plans to temporarily remove 360 spaces from the south side surface lot during the 14-month construction period, but additional parking will be available at two temporary permit-only satellite parking lots, and shuttle buses will take passengers from the satellite lot to the station in the interim.



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