Silver Spring Getting New Bus Stops
Starting Sunday, Sept. 28, all the Ride On and Metro buses that operate out of the Silver Spring Metro station are scheduled to move out into the surrounding streets until construction of the new transit center is done.
Yes, they say, this time, it's for real. Many commuters were expecting this to happen last year, before the project got delayed.
They had watched as Wayne and Dixon avenues and Bonifant Street were prepared for the new bus stops, a new traffic signal was installed on Wayne and other pedestrian safety measures were put in place. But then nothing happened for a while.
This year, the most visible signs of preparation have beent the closing of the MARC train office and the paving of the streets that will handle the new bus stops.
Still, just because commuters have been expecting this for so long, it's no time for them to let their guard down. With 60,000 commuters a day, this is one of the busiest transit stations in the Washington region. Driving and walking through the area during the years of construction and disruption will be challenging.
Much of the commuters' geography will change. Taxis will move to Ramsey Avenue near the intersection with Wayne Avenue.
Metro's Kiss & Ride will move into the parking garage at the intersection of Bonifant and Dixon Streets and drivers will find it by using the garage entrance on Bonifant.
MARC train passengers will follow a path that loops around the construction area to reach the northbound platform.
There will be no changes for Maryland Transit Administration commuter bus passengers. Their pick-up and drop-off locations will be the same.
Signs and maps pointing commuters to the new locations are being placed on the streets near the station. The wraps are coming off some of them, but there's still a week and a half to go before the plans are scheduled to become a reality.
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