Commute options to change during Metro station construction

Local,Taryn Luntz
Thousands of commuters who use the Silver Spring Metro station and MARC station will have to change their routes starting today.

Construction began on a multi-level transit facility next to the Silver Spring Metro Center on Friday, shifting the existing bus stops, taxis and Kiss & Ride area from outside the station to surrounding areas beginning today.

Taxis will be near the intersection of Ramsey Street and Wayne Avenue, bicycle racks will be moved to the Colesville Road entrance to the station, and Ride On bus stops will be at Wayne and Dixon avenues and Bonifant Street, officials said.

The Kiss & Ride area, short-term parking and Zipcars will be in the Montgomery County Parking Garage 55 at 1105 Bonifant St., and Metrobus stops will be moved to both sides of Wayne and Dixon avenues.

VanGo bus stops will be on Wayne Avenue near northbound Colesville Road, on the west side of Georgia Avenue between Wayne Avenue and Bonifant Street, and at the intersection of Colesville Road and East-West Highway.

MARC riders will be able to reach the Silver Spring Metro station from Bonifant Street for the duration of the two-year project, but should pay close attention to signs because the location will change, officials said.

The Silver Spring Transit Center is expected to cost $93 million and is slated to include a three-level structure, a wide promenade, green parks, plazas and some retail.

It will house Metrobuses, Ride On buses, taxis, Kiss & Ride space, connections to the MARC and Metro stations, and room for an intercity bus service such as Greyhound.

The transit center is scheduled to be completed by fall 2010.
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