Metro seeks input on major development near New Carrollton metro station

New Carrollton, Md. –  A small crowd came out to hear about big changes for the New Carrollton metro station.

On Monday, Metro leaders held an open house for the questions, comments and concerns about a building project that would eliminate several hundred parking spaces around the New Carrollton transit hub to make way for a large development.

The project would eliminate a parking lot farthest away from the south side of the station (lot 3) and part of another lot to make space for about 200,000 sq. feet of office space, 250,000 sq. feet of housing and 20,000 sq. feet of retail space.

The new development would add a parking garage that could be utilized by Metro users but only 100 – 300 spaces are expected to be available as opposed to the close to 600 spaces in lot 3 alone.

Metro is hoping to get public feedback on the project before November 28. Board members are hoping as many rail users as possible will fill out a survey detailing how they use the station before the public comment period for the project ends.

You can visit the Metro website to fill out the survey online or add your thoughts by emailing writtentestimony@wmata.com

Metro leaders already know that lot 3 is half empty most weekdays. According to parking information on the Metro website, parking spots were bolstered by about 400 with the recent opening of a privately owned parking garage and the total number of parking spaces on both the north and south ends of the station is more than 3,500.

One aspect of the improvements that Metro riders seemed most interested in were traffic upgrades at the New Carrollton station for buses and cars. Several also hope the new development can bring some new work, home and shopping options for those who live close to a very busy station that’s home to an Amtrak, MARC and a future Purple Line stop and is essentially fenced in by major highways on all sides like I-495 and U.S. Highway 50