Metro Seeks Input on How Bethesda, Silver Spring Stations Should Connect with Purple Line Platforms

Transit operator released detailed drawings to show planned connections


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Metro is asking riders for feedback on plans to connect the Bethesda and Silver Spring Metro stations with new Purple Line platforms.

The transit operator released several detailed images of the planned connections between the stations, so riders can review the plans.

In Bethesda, plans call for the underground Metro station to be connected with the Purple Line station, which will sit just below street level, via three elevators next to the intersection of Wisconsin Avenue and Elm Street. A staircase would be built as well. Metro riders also will be able to access the elevators at street level.

Bethesda Metro and Purple Line connections. Click to expand images, via Metro

Montgomery County has agreed to pay about $110 million for the elevator project, which will be built in a deep shaft and include a new cavern to enable riders to access the Bethesda Metro.

In Silver Spring, the Purple Line platform would connect with the above-ground Metro station via a new elevated walkway connected to the upper level of the Silver Spring Transit Center, a bus depot that sits between the Purple Line’s planned route and the Metrorail tracks. The elevated walkway would be covered with a canopy structure and include a set of escalators and a connection to the MARC train platform, which is next to the Metrorail tracks.

Silver Spring Metro and Purple Line connections. Click to expand, via Metro documents

This project is funded by the state through its $5.6 billion, 36-year agreement with Purple Line Transit Partners, the private team of companies tasked with building, operating and maintaining the 16.2-mile light-rail project.

Metro is taking feedback on the planned connections through 5 p.m. on Dec. 15 using an online survey. Metro is scheduled to host an open house on Dec. 5 at 5:30 p.m. at its headquarters at 600 Fifth St. NW in Washington, D.C., to discuss the planned connections.

Public comments will be provided to Metro’s Board of Directors, which will review the connections and vote on them in early 2018.

Metro also is taking comments about how the Purple Line platform in New Carrollton will connect with the Metro station there.

Construction on the Purple Line began in August and is scheduled to be completed in 2022. Once built, it will stretch from Bethesda to New Carrollton in Prince George’s County and include 21 stations. 

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