The Mayor and Council have sent a letter to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority expressing their strong support for a study of the Rockville Metro Station, following notification in summer that money for the study was available through WMATA’s Project Development Program.

Through the program, jurisdictions can request that WMATA undertake planning studies and other transportation and real estate analysis, such as planning rail and bus stations, real estate and joint development, and other transportation infrastructure.

Rockville has been allocated $350,000 for its study from a pot of $3 million divided equally between Maryland, D.C. and Virginia.

The Mayor and Council’s letter expresses appreciation for the funding and requests WMATA and Rockville “be partners in developing and implementing plans to better serve WMATA’s customers and contribute to Rockville’s growing vitality.”

“[T]his 35-year-old station will greatly benefit from long-term improvements to address current and future goals related to our downtown, adjacent neighborhoods, transit services and economic development,” the Mayor and Council’s letter states.