WMATA Discussed White Flint Metro Station Development at County Council

Yesterday at the County Council Planning, Housing, and Economic Development (PHED) Committee meeting, Metro Real Estate and Station Planning Director Nina Albert presented three concepts for the White Flint station property: urban neighborhood, corporate campus, and entertainment/innovation district. White Flint metro station development is considered to be a #1 priority for WMATA.

Nina Albert said the agency wants to be prepared to move quickly if another “Amazon-style” opportunity comes to Montgomery County. In 2018, White Flint was considered for a second Amazon headquarters site, but the company decided to divide the new location between Arlington, Virginia and New York City.

Albert also noted that the county executive’s office wants White Flint to be a life sciences campus; Maryland is the fourth most-active life sciences area in the country. She said the county will take the lead in establishing the vision for the site and Metro will work on the development side.

Metro property development discussion follows up on the bill passed in October that exempts private developers from property taxes for 15 years if they build high-rise buildings on Metro property. (Friends of White Flint supported this bill.)

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

Full-scale emergency response drill at White Flint Station

On Sunday, August 27, Metro Transit Police and Montgomery County first responders will conduct a full-scale emergency drill at the White Flint Metrorail Station. Montgomery County Fire and Rescue, Montgomery County Police, Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management, Montgomery County Department of Transportation and Maryland Department of Transportation will also participate in the drill.

The exercise is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. and is expected to end no later than 2:00 p.m.

SERVICE INFORMATION

  • White Flint Station will be closed for the duration of the exercise.
  • Free shuttle buses will replace Red Line trains between Grosvenor, White Flint and Twinbrook stations from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
  • Red Line trains will operate every 15 minutes between Shady Grove & Twinbrook and Grosvenor & Glenmont from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
  • Metrobus service to the station is expected to operate normally.
  • Metro will notify customers when normal service resumes via email, text message and social media. To receive notification sign up for MetroAlerts.

This is a closed event. During the exercise, customers may notice a large number of emergency response vehicles in the area. People in the surrounding area may also hear a loud noise due to the planned disruption of a suspicious package as part of the exercise. Please be assured that it is only a drill.