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Metro Chooses Bethesda Station To Test Future Design Concepts

1:11 PM, Apr 11, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Thursday, Metro announced their plans to test several potential design concepts at Bethesda station, which include improved lighting, better information and improved customer convenience.

Bethesda is one of the hardest stations to illuminate because it is an underground station with a center platform design. One of the future design concepts is high-output light fixtures to direct light to the vault ceiling.

Several other design concepts are being considered:

•A new, anti-slip zone located at the bottom of the entrance escalators to serve as a transition between the escalators and station tiles.
•A new information wall enclosing mezzanine equipment including fare machines, ATMs, maps and digital screens.
•A stainless steel and light gray interior to replace "Metro brown."
•A new, thinner kiosk with digital panels for service information and new fare gates with next-generation technology for faster entry and exit.
•New, redesigned, taller pylons with wayfinding signage, real-time arrival information and additional lighting located on four wings extending from the top of each pylon.

"I want to extend my sincere appreciation to Metro for selecting Bethesda as the pilot for its station environment improvement program," said Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett. "Bethesda has the one of the highest daily riderships of any Metro station in Montgomery County along the oldest Metro line, and it is showing its age. As the gateway to Bethesda, one of the most important economic engines for the state of Maryland, this project will ensure that this critical Metro station continues to function well and present a favorable and attractive experience for all riders."

Metro has provided a video explaining their "model" station of the future. 


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