WMATA Receives $17M in State Funding for Capitol Heights Metro Station Improvements

Written by Jennifer McLawhorn, Managing Editor
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) has received $17 million in state funds to go toward Capitol Heights Metro Station improvements.

Metro reports that Prince George’s County Delegate Jazz Lewis helped secure the funds and announced the allocated funding along with Metro General manager and CEO Randy Clarke and Capitol Heights Mayor Linda Monroe. 

These come as part of a 10-year plan to advance 20 joint development agreements. The funding will go toward protecting the Blue Line tunnel, relocating utilities, reconfiguring bus bays, and creating connections to the stations for pedestrians. For this project, Metro entered a MOU, or Memorandum of Understanding, with both Capitol Heights and Prince George’s County. By doing so, this “makes better use of the land around Metro stations” which will then in turn generate ridership and revenue for Metro as well as “create new tax revenue for the town and county.” Metro can now move forward for a Request for Proposals for mixed-use development at the site, which is reported to be issued in the coming weeks.

Delegate Lewis said, “This investment will not just bolster a vital Metro station for our community . . . It will also uplift the work we are doing all across the Blue Line Corridor to revitalize this historic area in central Prince George’s County and bring more services and amenities to our home.”

Metro CEO Randy Clarke said, “This is a prime opportunity and a win-win advancing the county’s goal to develop the Blue Line Corridor from Capitol Heights to Downtown Largo. . . We appreciate the leadership of Delegate Lewis, as well as our local and state partners, to help obtain the funding that will bring the vision for a vibrant community at Capitol Heights to reality.”

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