Prince George’s County announced a $20.5 million from the US Department of Transportation’s Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) discretionary grant program. The award will fund the construction of the New Carrollton Multi-Modal Transportation Station Project, which will bring significant infrastructure improvements and further catalyze transit-oriented development in the area.
The improvements to the station will include a new train hall for the existing MARC, Metrorail, and Amtrak service, incorporating connections to Metrobus, TheBus, and Greyhound bus services and the future Maryland Purple Line light rail. In addition, the project will bring new sidewalks, bike lanes, lighting, signalization, and traffic calming improvements to Garden City Drive to improve access to the station and the train hall plaza space.
“We are excited about this project because it is yet another symbol of rising opportunity for all Prince Georgians, transforming the largest employment cluster in the County into a true ‘downtown’ area and helping to ensure that New Carrollton becomes the premier transit hub on the eastern seaboard, said County Executive Angela Alsobrooks. “From a regional perspective, with both development and job growth typically occurring on the west side of the region, creating new job centers with greater access to transit in Prince George’s County is a chance to rebalance economic growth to the east side, address historic inequities, and provide our County with critical economic assets that will transform our local economy for generations to come.
Creating these new job centers throughout the region’s transit network also helps balance public transit ridership, decreasing traffic on the Beltway and encouraging residents and visitors to use our public transit system. In addition, they will balance housing needs, increasing the ability of our residents to live closer to work.
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