Thursday, August 27, 2009
Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett called on the Department of Defense and the United States Congress to act quickly to construct a pedestrian access project at the Medical Center Metro station. Leggett supports a new entrance to the Metro station with access from the east side of Rockville Pike.
Leggett issued the urgent call because the Base Realignment and Closure Act (BRAC) will significantly expand the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda. He noted that 3,000 pedestrians cross Rockville Pike every day to get to the Navy Medical campus. These pedestrians are already at risk as they compete with vehicles traveling north and south and entering and exiting the campuses. When the new Navy Medical Center is completed in September 2011, an additional 2,500 daily employees and 400,000 more visitors throughout the year will add more vehicles and pedestrians to the already congested area.
POSTED AT: 10:08:00 AM