The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s CEO Randy Clarke was joined by Maryland Governor Wes Moore, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks, and other state and local leaders to celebrate the opening of the Metro Building at New Carrollton, according to Metro's news release.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony marks the transformation of New Carrollton as a transit-accessible hub for office space, housing, and retail.
Metro’s newest office building brings together Metro’s call centers for customer service, MetroAccess, and parking and serves as the headquarters for Metro Transit Police.
The 324,00-square-foot building is LEED Gold certified and is currently occupied by approximately 1,200 employees.
“Metro has such an important presence in Maryland and throughout the National Capital Region. It’s why Team Maryland has worked so hard with our regional partners to deliver necessary federal resources,” said Cardin. “As we look toward the future, we welcome Metro’s presence in New Carrollton, a vital multi-modal hub for our passengers and their communities, and we recognize the efforts underway at Metro to meet our evolving transit needs and to establish a culture of safety throughout its organization. We look forward to this important work continuing here in Maryland.”
The opening of the Metro Building at New Carrollton follows the opening of Metro’s Headquarters Building at L’Enfant Plaza last year and will be followed by the opening of the Metro Building at Eisenhower Avenue later this year.
Other projects at New Carrollton are underway, including a project to improve and expand the transit hub funded by a federal RAISE Grant awarded last year. The project will support the construction of a new train hall, prepare the site for the arrival of the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) Maryland Transit Administration’s (MTA) Purple Line, and create new trails and walkways to improve pedestrian and bike access to the station.
Construction at New Carrollton is also underway on The Margaux, a mixed-use joint development partnership between Metro and Urban Atlantic that will soon offer 291 housing which will be affordable thanks to low-rate financing provided by Amazon’s Housing Equity Fund. The Margaux will join the already-completed Kaiser-Permanente office building and The Stella, a 382-unit apartment building.
“I am so excited to be with WMATA for today’s important step forward to creating a more connected state,” said Governor Wes Moore. “This new facility and the jobs it provides are going to be a crucial part of our state’s infrastructure and the New Carrollton community. We are dedicated to making transportation in Maryland more affordable and accessible, and this facility is a perfect example of how we are going to accomplish that.”