Transit planners designing a future Purple Line say they have found a way to link a popular recreational trail with a tunnel beneath Wisconsin Avenue, overcoming a design hurdle for a light-rail station in downtown Bethesda.
A new sidewalk, five to seven feet wide, would connect the Capital Crescent Trail to a station that would be built inside the tunnel that cyclists and runners use today to cross under busy Wisconsin Avenue, state transit officials said Thursday. Trail users would have to walk through the station and across the platform between the two train tracks, planners told the Montgomery County Council’s transportation committee during a briefing.
Those who wanted to continue running or riding their bikes could avoid the station by using a new path that would require crossing Wisconsin at a traffic light. The Capital Crescent Trail runs east and west of the Bethesda Row shopping and restaurant district.