Bethesda Station Chosen as WMATA Test Site (Video)
Washington Metro Transportation Authority (WMATA) announced today (April 11) that the Bethesda Metro Station has been chosen as a test site for future station concepts as part of their Momentum program. Momentum is WMATA’s strategic plan for the Metro system. The Bethesda Station was chosen to enable WMATA to test several design concepts in a single station, including improved lighting, better information and improved customer convenience.
Take a virtual tour of the new Momentum station features:
I want to extend my sincere appreciation to Metro for selecting Bethesda as the pilot for its station environment improvement program. Bethesda has the one of the highest daily riderships of any Metro station in Montgomery County along the oldest Metro line, and it is showing its age. As the gateway to Bethesda, one of the most important economic engines for the state of Maryland, this project will ensure that this critical Metro station continues to function well and present a favorable and attractive experience for all riders,” said Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett.
Being chosen for Metro’s model station pilot program is welcome news for the Bethesda community. As the economic engine of Montgomery County, Bethesda is a gateway station for many transit riders. I am so grateful to General Manager Sarles and the WMATA Board for recognizing the value of the Bethesda Station to the Metro network and the economic vitality of our county. We all look forward to seeing the new and improved Metro station,” said Montgomery County Council member Roger Berliner.
The National Capital Region is growing at an accelerated rate. It is imperative that we do everything we can to keep up with that growth — and that means testing future concepts today — so that we are ready to meet the challenges of tomorrow,” said Metro’s General Manager and CEO, Richard Sarles.
CCM’s Lorna Virgili reports.
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