Construction is progressing rapidly at Maryland’s Takoma Langley transit center. Take a look:
The transit center will feature bus bays and rider amenities, covered under a great curving roof that’s sure to become a local landmark.
Fow now, the bright white frame looks more like something out of a sci-fi movie than a bus station.
Here’s what it will all look like once construction is done:
Langley Park needs this
Langley Park, at the corner of University Boulevard and New Hampshire Avenue, is the busiest bus transfer location in the Washington region that isn’t connected to a Metro station.
Eleven bus routes stop on the side of the street at the busy crossroads, serving 12,000 daily bus riders. That’s nearly as many bus riders per day as there are Metrorail riders at Silver Spring Metro, and it’s about double the number of Metrorail riders at Takoma station.
Corralling all those bus stops into a single transit center will make transfers vastly easier, faster, and safer for bus riders.
Heavy construction began at the transit center last year, and is scheduled to be complete around December 2015.
If the Purple Line light rail is built, Takoma Langley will become one of its stations, boosting ridership even more. The light rail transitway and station would have to be added later, and would fit snuggly in the median of University Boulevard.
Cross-posted at BeyondDC.