OXON HILL, Md. — Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker plans to make a push to extend Metro service to the National Harbor once the MGM Casino is up and running next year.
The Washington Post reports the MGM Casino is no longer promising Metrobus service to the casino. Baker says the real key is Metrorail service.
“One of the things that’s going to happen around the National Harbor, because you’re going to have so much traffic that’s coming here, is we’re going to have a longer conversation about transportation because eventually we’re going to have to bring the Metro across the Woodrow Wilson Bridge,” Baker says.
Baker believes it will be beneficial to those in Virginia and D.C. — not just Maryland.
As for a timetable of when officials will make the push to extend Metro service, Baker says the best time will be when the expansion of the Gaylord National Resort takes place.
“We want to have destination nodes throughout Prince George’s County where you live, work and play,” Baker says.
Metro officials responded to Baker’s comments with the following statement:
“There are no current expansions planned for the system other than Phase II of the Silver Line. However, if this is something the county wishes to purse we will be happy to provide technical assistance.”