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Bethesda Metro Bus Bay Could Close for Two Years

Renovations to a private garage will prompt the closure of the bus bay at the Bethesda Metro station.

Renovations to a private parking garage will prompt the temporary closure of the bus bay at the Bethesda Metro station this year.

Brookfield Properties, the owners of 3 Bethesda Metro Center, have submitted a traffic mitigation plan for the project, which will renovate the garage they own beneath the bus bay.

The project could prompt the closure of the bus bay for 24 months, but the exact length of the closure isn't known, said Ken Hartman, Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center director.

Construction on the garage will likely launch in the second quarter of this year, Hartman said.

Bus stops will need to be re-located when the bus bay closes.

"It could be a major hassle for at least two years," Hartman said Friday at a meeting of the Woodmont Triangle Action Group.

County officials are thoroughly reviewing the traffic mitigation plan, Hartman said.

Corbin Dallas Multipass January 14, 2013 at 07:42 PM
um... they submitted the plan. Can we see it? Can it be described? Transparency?
Corbin Dallas Multipass January 14, 2013 at 07:44 PM
That isn't supposed to sound as rude as it does, but this is a substantial change to possibly foot and vehicle traffic and I am very curious what their proposal is. Looking forward to hearing more from Patch and County Officials.
Lisa January 15, 2013 at 01:46 PM
More construction in downtown Bethesda, great just what we need!
jag January 15, 2013 at 02:13 PM
A. this isn't "construction" B. things need renovation every few decades. Shocking, I know. It's such a shame Bethesda isn't dilapidated. If only all these private investors would stop spending their money to make our area nice.
Erin Donaghue (Editor) January 15, 2013 at 08:38 PM
Here's the response from Ken: "The plan is very much in draft form and needs a considerable amount of review by Traffic, Transit, Metro, Police, State Highway, and the Urban District. It's not in a "final" condition to be released publicly yet. This is a big plan and needs to be reviewed carefully before approved." We'll continue to follow it.

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