Thursday, September 26, 2013

What is the Bethesda Purple Line Station Plan?

What is the plan?

            The Bethesda Purple Line Station Plan addresses the three main transportation issues. The plan includes the design for the westernmost stop on the Purple Line, Bethesda South station, a new south entrance to the Bethesda Red Line Metro station, and finally two proposals on how the Capital Crescent trail would cross Wisconsin Avenue.

There are two MTA station plans. One that works with existing conditions and one that proposes to knock down the old Apex building and build a new one.

Plan with existing conditions:
· Station fits into current curved tunnel with support columns in the middle of the station platform
·Red line entrance located on Elm St. sidewalk
·Capital Crescent trail crosses Wisconsin on street level
· Purple Line ventilation tower and maintenance tracks would be in Woodmont Plaza

Plan with rebuilt Apex building:
·Larger platform with no columns
·Red line entrance located within new building
·Capital Crescent would cross under Wisconsin via a new tunnel and at street level
·New building accommodates space for long-term bike storage

·Contact on the phone: 301-495-2115 (Elza Hisel-McCoy, lead planner)
·Come and speak at the public hearing on November 7th, 2013

Future Deadlines:
·December 31st, 2013 – written commitment to redevelop the Apex building
· December 31st, 2015 - demolition of the Apex Building to allow construction of the
  station to commence with general expected construction of the Purple Line