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Description

This project provides access from Elm Street west of Wisconsin Avenue to the southern end of the Bethesda Metrorail station. The Metrorail Red Line runs below Wisconsin Avenue through Bethesda more than 120 feet below the surface, considerably deeper than the Purple Line right-of-way. The Bethesda Metrorail station has one entrance, near East West Highway. The Metrorail station was built with accommodations for a future southern entrance. The Bethesda light rail transit (LRT) station would have platforms located just west of Wisconsin Avenue on the Georgetown Branch right-of-way. This platform allows a direct connection between LRT and Metrorail, making transfers as convenient as possible. Six station elevators would be located in the Elm Street right-of-way, which would require narrowing the street and extending the sidewalk. The station would include a new south entrance to the Metrorail station, including a new mezzanine above the Metrorail platform, similar to the existing mezzanine at the present station's north end. The mezzanine would use the existing knock-out panel in the arch of the station and the passageway that was partially excavated when the station was built in anticipation of the future construction of a south entrance.
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Phase

Under Construction

Status

Active
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Budget Snapshot
$110.2M Total
Expenditures/Funding
$15.49M 6 Year Total
Expenditures/Funding
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Location

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Estimated Schedule

Construction started in FY18. Construction will be coordinated and implemented as part of the State Purple Line Project and will be completed when the Purple Line construction is complete.
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Other

Part of Elm Street west of Wisconsin Avenue will be closed for a period during construction.
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Fiscal Note

The funds for this project were initially programmed in the State Transportation Participation project. Appropriation of $5 million for design was transferred from the State Transportation Participation project in FY09. The project schedule and cost estimates were updated in FY17 as a result of the MTA's proposed Public Private Partnership for the Purple Line and reflects the actual bid by the Concessionaire. The expenditure schedule also reflects a negotiated cash flow arrangement with MTA for FY17-19, allowing a deferral of $6 million per year to FY20-22. Schedule updated to reflect estimated Purple Line schedule in FY18. In FY18, a funding switch was made to increase Revenue Bonds: Liquor Fund appropriation and decrease GO Bonds appropriation by $7.992 million. In FY19, a shift in $3.5 million in GO Bonds from FY21 to FY19 was done to reflect an updated MTA billing schedule.
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Coordination

Maryland Transit Administration, WMATA, Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Bethesda Lot 31 Parking Garage project, Department of Transportation, Department of General Services, Special Capital Projects Legislation [Bill No. 31-14] was adopted by Council June 17, 2014.
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Budget Snapshot
$110.2M Total
Expenditures/Funding
$15.49M 6 Year Total
Expenditures/Funding
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Project Details
Project NumberP500929
Date Last Modified09/04/19
Administering AgencyTransportation
CategoryTransportation
SubCategoryMass Transit (MCG)
Planning AreaBethesda-Chevy Chase and Vicinity
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Total Expenditures by Cost Element (000s)
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Total Funding by Source (000s)
EXPENDITURES (000s)
Cost ElementsTotalThru FY19Est FY20Total 6 YearsFY 21FY 22FY 23FY 24FY 25FY 26Beyond 6 Years
Planning, Design and Supervision19191756131505050500000
Land2902900000000
Site Improvements and Utilities5453041191334102730700000
Construction908016211523331535536641606850000
Other120000335086502650600000000
Total Expenditures110202638713084215489739179631350000
FUNDING (000s)
Funding SourceTotalThru FY19Est FY20Total 6 YearsFY 21FY 22FY 23FY 24FY 25FY 26Beyond 6 Years
G.O. Bonds91051447203084215489739179631350000
Impact Tax61596159000000000
PAYGO00000000000
Revenue Bonds: Liquor Fund1299212992000000000
Total Funding Sources110202638713084215489739179631350000
APPROPRIATION AND EXPENDITURE DATA ($000s)
Appropriation FY 21 Request7391
Year First AppropriationFY09
Appropriation FY 22 Request7963
Last FY's Cost Estimate110202
Cumulative Appropriation94713
Expenditure / Encumbrances83406
Unencumbered Balance11307