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Metro Unveils ‘Station Of The Future’ For Bethesda

by Aaron Kraut — April 11, 2013 at 11:24 am 571 3 Comments

UPDATE 12:10 p.m. Metro today released details on its plan to pilot a “Metro Station Of The Future” project at the Bethesda Metro Station.

Business and political representatives from the community have been lobbying for more lighting and a better looking Metro station for years. In March, WMATA officials let the Greater Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce’s Metro Improvement Task Force know the Bethesda station had been selected for the pilot.

The project would provide a number of improvements including high-output light fixtures, a stainless steel and light gray interior to replace “Metro brown”, a thinner kiosk with digital panels for service information and new fare gates with next-generation technology for faster entry and exit.

Washington Examiner reporter Liz Essley tweeted that a Metro official said the station would be done by the end of FY 2015.

The Bethesda Metro station is set to undergo an extensive replacement process to its three escalators, the second-longest in the system and the second-longest in the Western Hemisphere (behind the escalators at Wheaton.)

“Being chosen for Metro’s model station pilot program is welcome news for the Bethesda community,” Councilmember Roger Berliner (D-Bethesda-Potomac) said in a statement. “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.”

Video via Metro

  • Dave

    They just spend months repairing the Bethesda escalators Now they are going to rip them up? Metro has so many problems with outdated trains breaking down and never ending track maintenance. So they are going to invest millions in to a metro station “of the future” to get rid of “metro brown”? Faster gates? Who hires these people?

    • Marc

      Metro has not been “repairing” the Bethesda escalators. They have been patching them up. Escalator replacement has been on the “to do” list for WMATA for years so this is a welcome development. Better gate technology and lighter stations are also good, necessary things and significantly cheaper than new railcars (also a necessary investment).

  • HailToTheRedskins

    When was the public comment period for these proposals? Seems like a done deal with no comment or review period for the public.

    I hope this does not set a precedent.

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