LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — Metro’s first “Station of the Future” will be in Bethesda.

As part of its “Momentum” modernization and expansion plan, WMATA is planning to use the Montgomery County stop to test out future station concepts, the transit organization announced Thursday.

“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,” Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett said while expressing his appreciation for the selection.

Metro officials said they chose Bethesda because it’s an underground station with a center platform design, which is the hardest type of station to illuminate. Since lighting and visibility are important aspects of the future designs, that makes it a perfect pilot station.

Concepts being considered for future stations include:

  • High-output light fixtures to direct light to vault ceilings.
  • Stainless steel and light gray interiors to replace “Metro brown.”
  • New fare gates with next-generation technology for faster entry and exit.
  • Anti-slip zones located at the bottom of entrance escalators to serve as a transition between the escalators and station tiles.
  • “Information walls” enclosing mezzanine equipment including fare machines, ATMs, maps and digital screens.

“The National Capital Region is growing at an accelerated rate,” said Metro’s General Manager and CEO, Richard Sarles. “It is imperative that we do everything we can to keep up with that growth — and that means testing future concepts today — so that we are ready to meet the challenges of tomorrow.”

Take a virtual tour of the “Station of the Future” here (courtesy of Metro):

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