Proposed Changes at Capitol Heights Station

Proposed Changes at Capitol Heights Station

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We want your feedback. Metro is proposing changes to Capitol Heights Station's transit facilities to enable future joint development and grow ridership. The proposed changes include relocation of the bus loop and Kiss & Ride facilities, reduction of the Kiss & Ride capacity to eight (8) spaces, and elimination of the 372-space Park & Ride lot.

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Draft Staff Report

The Draft Compact Public Hearing Staff Report for the proposed changes to the Capitol Heights Metrorail Station transit facilities is available for review and comment. The comment period on the Draft Public Hearing Staff Report is your opportunity to make sure your comments were accurately characterized in the Staff Report and to send clarification if desired. Please provide any comments to by 5 p.m. on Friday, February 23, 2024, to be reviewed by staff and included in the Final Staff Report. We anticipate the Compact Public Hearing Staff Report will be submitted to the Board of Directors for approval in April 2024. Click here to view the full draft report.

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At Capitol Heights Station, Metro is proposing to relocate the bus loop and Kiss & Ride facilities, reduction of the Kiss & Ride to eight (8) spaces, and elimination of the 372-space Park & Ride lot.

The proposed changes would enable Metro and a future joint development partner the opportunity to provide up to 570,000 square feet of mixed-use development, which could include housing and retail.

Proposed modifications to Capitol Heights's transit facilities also serve to advance Metro's Strategic Transformation Plan goals, including increasing ridership and generating fares and tax revenues that support Metro and local jurisdictions, while fostering sustainable, local, and regional growth. The modifications will also provide safer access to the station for bus operations, pedestrians, and bicyclists.

Additionally, the proposed modifications support Prince George's County Blue Line Corridor Initiative (2021) to reconfigure the station layout and allow for a mix of residential, retail, and cultural development at the station.

Read more about our analysis of the impact of transforming Capitol Heights Station in our Environmental Evaluation impact analysis.

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Metro's Compact public hearing process only addresses changes to the station's transit facility and does not address aspects of the development.

All public comments will be provided to Metro's Board of Directors for final review and inclusion into Metro's Mass Transit Plan.

If and when a joint developer is selected, the public can comment during the development review process. The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Prince George's County, and the State of Maryland are responsible for evaluating and approving any impacts from the proposed development on public facilities, traffic, stormwater, or other environmental aspects.

Read more about Metro's joint development program, here.

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