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WMATA mulls station changes to improve access to Maryland light-rail line

The agency may make changes to three rail stations at the request of Maryland state officials.
Photo – Purple Line's project website


Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) officials are considering potential changes to three rail stations to improve access to the Maryland Transit Administration's future Purple Line light-rail route.

WMATA is mulling the changes at the request of Maryland state officials, agency officials said in a press release. At WMATA's station in Bethesda, Maryland, the agency would build a new south entrance that will connect with street level and the Bethesda Purple Line station.

WMATA also is considering building a new entrance from the south end of the Silver Spring Station platform to connect with the upper level of the existing Silver Spring Transit Center and a future Purple Line station.

Moreover, WMATA would remove hundreds of parking spaces at a lot on the north side of its New Carrollton station to make way for the Purple Line's station facilities. WMATA would transfer 480 parking spaces from a lot on the south side of the station to the state of Maryland.

WMATA will solicit public opinion at a meeting Dec. 5 on the proposed changes. The agency will accept comments online through Dec. 15.

In late August, the Federal Transit Administration signed a $900 million federal grant agreement to build Maryland's 16.2-mile Purple Line. The route would run from Bethesda to New Carrollton, Maryland.