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Maryland MTA Opens Transit Center

The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) recently opened the largest non-WMATA Metrorail station public transit transfer point in the Washington, DC, region—the $34.8 million Takoma-Langley Crossroads Transit Center in Prince George’s County—at ribbon-cutting ceremonies with other transit officials, FTA representatives and area city leaders in attendance.

“Public transit is a vital element in helping to relieve traffic congestion and the Takoma-Langley Transit Center will play a key role in making sure that transit riders have a convenient, accessible and customer-focused facility to help them get to where they need to go,” said MTA Administrator and Chief Executive Officer Paul Comfort at the event.

FTA Region 3 Administrator Terry Garcia Crews said the new facility will “provide ladders of opportunity to help residents access employment, healthcare and other vital services throughout the national capital region.”

The facility serves 11 bus routes that transport 12,000 passengers daily from the Maryland counties of Prince George’s and Montgomery, the University of Maryland and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. It accommodates 12 buses at one time and will provide a convenient transfer point to MTA’s proposed Purple Line light rail station. The project has been a cooperative effort among Maryland DOT, the federal government, WMATA and the two counties.

Sixty buses serve the area per hour during morning and afternoon rush periods. Before the development of the transfer center, passengers had to board and disembark from several different locations around a busy, highly congested intersection. The center provides a central, off-street location where passengers can connect quickly with multiple routes without risking traffic conflicts.

A federal TIGER grant provided $13.9 million for the transfer station and a federal earmark added $818,000. Other funding came from Maryland, $8.3 million; WMATA, $6.76 million; and Prince George’s and Montgomery counties, $2.5 million each.

MTA Administrator and CEO Paul Comfort and FTA Region 3 Administrator Terry Garcia Crews, center, and WMATA GM/CEO Paul Wiedefeld, third from left, joined dignitaries from the Washington, DC, region at ceremonies to open the Takoma- Langley Crossroads Transit Center.
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