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Walking Map of Silver Spring

Esther Bowring, spokeswoman for Montgomery County, pointed out to me that the county has a useful map on its Web site that shows travelers how far they must walk to reach various points, paced off from the entrance to the Silver Spring Metro station.

SIlver Spring Walking.jpg Click on the map for a larger image.

The station is being rebuilt as a transit center, a two year project. I've been writing about some of the difficulties that travelers now face as they funnel into and out of the station entrance, connecting with the relocated bus stops or with parking garages.

Commuters seem to be getting used to the new setup. During recent morning and afternoon rush hours, I saw less confusion on the streets than I did the first few days in late September after the bus bays were shut down.

Crossing guards and police are still working hard to protect pedestrians -- sometimes from themselves -- at the intersections near the station entrance. But for thousands of commuters, using the station is still a very different experience now. Some older or frailer riders and some disabled people may look at those walking distances and decide to use another station. The map does show a wheelchair route to and from the station entrance, but note that Wayne Avenue slopes down toward the entrance.

By Robert Thomson  |  October 24, 2008; 8:43 AM ET
Categories:  Commuting , transit  
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My mom uses a wheelchair, so I am familiar with looking for wheelchair accesibility. I take a bus to a from Silver Spring metro daily. My bus is one of the closer stops and I am able-bodied, so it doesn't really bother me. But, there is no way that someone in a manual wheelchair could go up and down Wayne Ave. without assistance. The street slopes very steeply. It is ridiculous to pretend that the bus stops are accessible from the station unless the wheelchair is electric or someone is pushing is up the hill.

Posted by: SweetieJ | October 24, 2008 10:02 AM | Report abuse

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