Bethesda Metro Station South Entrance (P500929)

  • Category: Transportation
  • Sub Category: Mass Transit
  • Administering Agency: Transportation (AAGE30)
  • Planning Area: Bethesda-Chevy Chase
  • Date Last Modified: 4/21/14
  • Required Adequate Public Facility: No
  • Relocation Impact: None
  • Status: Preliminary Design Stage




This project provides access from Elm Street west of Wisconsin Avenue to the southern end of the Bethesda Metrorail Station. The Metrorail Red Line runs below Wisconsin Avenue through Bethesda more than 120 feet below the surface, considerably deeper than the Purple Line right-of-way. The Bethesda Metrorail station has one entrance, near East West Highway. The Metrorail station was built with accommodations for a future southern entrance. The Bethesda light rail transit (LRT) station would have platforms located just west of Wisconsin Avenue on the Georgetown Branch right-of-way. This platform allows a direct connection between LRT and Metrorail, making transfers as convenient as possible. Six station elevators would be located in the Elm Street right-of-way, which would require narrowing the street and extending the sidewalk. The station would include a new south entrance to the Metrorail station, including a new mezzanine above the Metrorail platform, similar to the existing mezzanine at the present station's north end. The mezzanine would use the existing knock-out panel in the arch of the station and the passageway that was partially excavated when the station was built in anticipation of the future construction of a south entrance.


7450 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda MD 20814

Estimated Schedule

Design: Fall FY10 through FY15. Construction: To take 30 months but must be coordinated and implemented as part of the State Purple Line project that is dependent upon State and Federal funding. Project schedule is consistent with current State schedule for the Purple Line

Cost Change

Expenditures updated to reflect March 2014 Maryland Transit Administration construction cost estimates.


Part of Elm Street west of Wisconsin Avenue will be closed for a period during construction.

Fiscal Note

The funds for this project were initially programmed in the State Transportation Participation project. Appropriation of $5 million for design was transferred from the State Transportation Participation project in FY09. The construction date for the project remains uncertain and is directly linked to the Purple Line construction at the Bethesda Station. Project schedule and cost may change as a result of MTA pursuit of public private partnership for the Purple Line.


Maryland Transit Administration, WMATA, M-NCPPC, Bethesda Lot 31 Parking Garage project, Department of Transportation, Department of General Services, Special Capital Projects Legislation [Bill No. 31-14] was adopted by Council June 17, 2014.