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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 and ultimately integrates the Metro system with the new light rail system, allowing the completion of the connection between the new Purple Line light rail system and the existing Metrorail Red Line. 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
$118.2M Total
Expenditures/Funding
$27.74M 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. In FY21, the schedule was revised again based on actual progress and MTA's latest revised cash flow projection.
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Cost Change

Cost increase due to a revised estimate for mezzanine construction net of a State grant to WMATA for mezzanine costs. See explanation in Fiscal Note.
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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. 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. In FY21, $29,374,000 was shifted from prior years and distributed across FY21-FY26 to further reflect actual progress, a new estimated billing schedule, and to account for delays associated with the Purple Line. In the FY23-FY28 CIP, $8 million was added to fill a funding gap in the project to allow for the completion of the Bethesda South Metro Entrance mezzanine project element as planned. This consists of $6 million in GO bonds and $2 million in Federal Aid, reflecting a $2 million earmark in the FY23 Omnibus Appropriations Bill. WMATA received an additional $12M in state aid for this project during the 2022 State General Assembly Session. WMATA will pay for $12M in mezzanine costs directly, and the remainder of the cost will be paid by the County.
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Coordination

Maryland Transit Administration, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (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
$118.2M Total
Expenditures/Funding
$27.74M 6 Year Total
Expenditures/Funding
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Project Details
Project NumberP500929
Date Last Modified04/18/22
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 FY21Est FY22Total 6 YearsFY 23FY 24FY 25FY 26FY 27FY 28Beyond 6 Years
Planning, Design and Supervision191917561135050000000
Land2902900000000
Site Improvements and Utilities54530545300000000
Construction98801533222378521694693012111263221000
Other120000600060006000000000
Total Expenditures1182025507835380277441298012111263221000
FUNDING (000s)
Funding SourceTotalThru FY21Est FY22Total 6 YearsFY 23FY 24FY 25FY 26FY 27FY 28Beyond 6 Years
Federal Aid20000020002000000000
G.O. Bonds970513592735380257441098012111263221000
Impact Tax61596159000000000
PAYGO00000000000
Revenue Bonds: Liquor Fund1299212992000000000
Total Funding Sources1182025507835380277441298012111263221000
APPROPRIATION AND EXPENDITURE DATA ($000s)
Appropriation FY 23 Request1334
Year First AppropriationFY09
Appropriation FY 24 Request12111
Last FY's Cost Estimate110202
Cumulative Appropriation102104
Expenditure / Encumbrances63870
Unencumbered Balance38234