Westfield Transit Center at Montgomery Mall Opens (PHOTO)

UPDATED Montgomery County officials and Westfield Montgomery Mall leaders are celebrating the new Westfield Montgomery Mall Transit Center. The relocated center opened on May 1st and provides additional customer amenities and better traffic circulation.

“The County is proud to manage a transit center that connects riders to seven bus lines, eight Metrorail stations and a signed bike route,” said County Executive Isiah Leggett. “This Transit Center provides better bus circulation and passenger amenities, while making room for Westfield’s future expansion plans.”

The new transit center includes six covered bus bays, three bus layover spaces, more passenger seating and more room for buses to park, make turns and lay over. The commuter parking lot includes 156 automobile parking spaces and bicycle racks to accommodate up to 20 bikes.

Additionally, passengers will enjoy a well-lit, seated waiting area with glass wind breaks and radiant heat, as well as a display of real time bus arrival information and 24-hour surveillance cameras. The Westfield Montgomery Mall Transit Center currently provides 2,500 passenger boardings daily.

Westfield Montgomery Mall Transit Center will become open to the public on Sunday. The new transit center will serve the same bus routes as the previous center, i.e., Ride On bus routes 6, 26, 42, 47 and 96 and Metrobus routes J2 and J3.

The Transit Center is a public/private partnership. The total project cost was approximately $7 million dollars. Westfield Montgomery spent $6 million and Montgomery County spent $1.1 million in a jointly managed construction project, according to a county news release. Montgomery County began managing operations of the transit center in April.

In the new configuration, buses accessing the new transit center will enter and exit via Motor City Drive. The three bus bays at the existing transit center just off Westlake Terrace will close when the new transit center opens on Sunday. However, a bus stop will remain on Westlake Terrace for routes 42 and 47 to and from Rockville.

Buses travelling to and from the Westfield Montgomery Mall Transit Center connect riders to the Bethesda, Medical Center, Grosvenor/Strathmore, White Flint, Twinbrook, Rockville, Silver Spring, and Glenmont Metrorail stations. In terms of bicycle access, the Transit Center is adjacent to Westlake Terrace which has bike lanes from Westlake Drive to Fernwood Road. Additionally, Westlake Terrace is part of a bike route with wayfinding signs that guide cyclists to their destinations from Westfield Montgomery Mall to the Bethesda Capital Crescent Trail and central business district.

For more information, visit www.westfield.com/montgomery/center-info/transit-center.

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Sonya Burke

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