Please Tell WMATA You Want Them to Fund, Design, and Build a Northern White Flint Metro Station Entrance

A second entrance for the White Flint Metro station is critical so the Pike District can continue its transformation into a walkable, transit-oriented, vibrant community. Montgomery County has officially asked WMATA to pay for this station, which has a price tag of $36 million.

MCDOT has asked all of us to tell WMATA that this station is important to our community. Not only will this new station entrance increase the walkshed and spur economic development, it will also dramatically increase passenger safety, enabling riders to evacuate the station almost twice as quickly in case of emergency.

Will you please take five minutes and help us advocate for the northern Metro entrance at White Flint station? The deadline is 9:00 am, Monday, March 9.

Here’s how:

  1. Visit wmata.com
  2. Click “read more” on the black box at the top of the page titled “Balancing the Metro Budget”
  3. Click “Provide your feedback online
  4. Choose your preferred language option then select “provide written comments” (unless you want to take their whole survey.)
  5. Cut and paste the text below or write your own text.

I ask WMATA to include design and construction funds in its capital budget for the northern White Flint Metro entrance. The northern Metro entrance will increase the station walkshed, making Metro more accessible for thousands of people, multiple office buildings, and retail stores, restaurants, and entertainment venues. A northern entrance will also dramatically increase passenger safety, enabling riders to evacuate the station almost twice as quickly in case of emergency. Finally, the northern entrance will improve the value of WMATA’s land holdings at the White Flint station. Thank you.

Excerpt from the County’s letter to WMATA

Before you go into full Thanksgiving mode, take a minute and tell the County Executive to fund the second White Flint metro entrance

The County Executive’s Capital Improvements Program (CIP) is currently being developed and will be published by January 15, 2020. The CIP covers construction of all public buildings, roads, and other facilities planned by County public agencies over a six-year period. The County Council amends and approves the CIP budget by June 15.

The second entrance to the White Flint metro station is planned for the corner of Old Georgetown Road and Rockville Pike. Initial projections show that the second entrance will increase the number of passengers using the White Flint station by 50 percent over the next 25 years. It vastly increases the number of people and businesses that would be able to walk to metro (generally considered to be a half-mile around the entrance to a station.)

Will you please email County Executive Marc Elrich this week to ask him to include design and build funding for the second metro entrance in his recommended CIP budget?

You can email him at Marc.Elrich@montgomerycountymd.gov. Please copy Peter.Fosselman@montgomerycountymd.gov and Ken.Hartman@montgomerycountymd.gov and info@whiteflint.org.

Here’s some text you can use (although feel free to modify or add to it, of course.)

Your vision statement prioritizes easier commutes, a greener county, and a growing economy. The essential second entrance to the White Flint metro station will help alleviate traffic, improve sustainability, and attract businesses and residents to the White Flint area. Please include funding to design and build the second entrance to the White Flint metro station in the 2021 CIP so that the Pike District/White Flint neighborhood can fulfill the vision of the White Sector plan and transform into a vibrant, walkable, transit-oriented community. Thank you.

You can also communicate with the County Executive on Twitter — https://twitter.com/Marc_Elrich — or call him at 240-777-0311.

Tell the County Executive to include funding for the 2nd Metro Entrance in his CIP

The County Executive’s Capital Improvements Program (CIP) is currently being developed and will be published by January 15, 2020. The CIP covers construction of all public buildings, roads, and other facilities planned by County public agencies over a six-year period. The County Council amends and approves the CIP budget by June 15.

The second entrance to the White Flint metro station is planned for the corner of Old Georgetown Road and Rockville Pike. Initial projections show that the second entrance will increase the number of passengers using the White Flint station by 50 percent over the next 25 years. It vastly increases the number of people and businesses that would be able to walk to metro (generally considered to be a half-mile around the entrance to a station.)

Will you please email County Executive Marc Elrich this week to ask him to include design and build funding for the second metro entrance in his recommended CIP budget?

You can email him at Marc.Elrich@montgomerycountymd.gov. Please copy Peter.Fosselman@montgomerycountymd.gov and Ken.Hartman@montgomerycountymd.gov and info@whiteflint.org.

Here’s some text you can use (although feel free to modify or add to it, of course.)

Your vision statement prioritizes easier commutes, a greener county, and a growing economy. The essential second entrance to the White Flint metro station will help alleviate traffic, improve sustainability, and attract businesses and residents to the White Flint area. Please include funding to design and build the second entrance to the White Flint metro station in the 2021 CIP so that the Pike District/White Flint neighborhood can fulfill the vision of the White Sector plan and transform into a vibrant, walkable, transit-oriented community. Thank you.

You can also communicate with the County Executive on Twitter — https://twitter.com/Marc_Elrich — or call him at 240-777-0311.

Great news! Council votes to fund second White Flint metro entrance and votes against Ride On service cuts!

Thanks to the County Council for voting for funding the second White Flint metro entrance! This is wonderful news as it will allow us to have $2.9 million in funding ready to go for design of this project once we get the Concept Study back from WMATA this fall. Friends of White Flint advocated hard for this funding.

As you may recall, the County Executive had recommended deferring funding for the second station until after FY24.

We will need to push hard for our second metro entrance in the FY21-26 CIP the County Executive will propose on January 15, 2020, but that’s advocacy for another day. Now let’s just thank the Council for this funding.

The Council also rejected the County Executive’s proposed cuts to Ride On service, including proposed cuts to routes that service the White Flint/Pike District area.

District One Councilmember Andrew Friedson said, “The ability for people to move around safely and efficiently is an existential issue for our economy and our community. The fiscal year 2020 budget the Montgomery County MD Council approved today includes major investments in affordable housing and transportation.”

FRIT explores how to build a second metro entrance cheaper and faster

In an effort to advance building a second entrance at White Flint metro, Federal Realty Investment Trust retained the engineering firm AECOM and worked with WMATA to develop a simpler, less expensive approach to the project. The next step towards implementation is the development of a more detailed design and cost estimate.  Federal Realty has requested that the County Council Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy & Environment Committee (T&E Committee) take the next step in the process by sponsoring a project development study with WMATA.

Below are some pages from the Federal Realty’s Accelerating the White Flint Metro Entrance Report.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accelerating the White Flint Metro North Entrance – February 2018