Silver Spring station (Maryland)

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Silver Spring
MARC commuter rail station
WMATA Metro Logo.svg WMATA Red.svg rapid transit station
Silver Spring.jpg
The platform of Silver Spring station on June 23, 2010.
Location8400 Colesville Road (Metro)
1170 Bonifant Street (MARC)
Silver Spring MD 20910
Coordinates38°59′38″N 77°01′53″W / 38.993841°N 77.031321°W / 38.993841; -77.031321Coordinates: 38°59′38″N 77°01′53″W / 38.993841°N 77.031321°W / 38.993841; -77.031321
Owned byWMATA
WMATA Red.svg
Platforms1 island platform (Metro)
2 side platforms (MARC)
Tracks4 (2 for each service)
ConnectionsBus transport Ride On: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 28
Bus transport Metrobus: 70, 79, F4, J1, J2, J4, Q1, Q2, Q4, S2, S4, S9, Y2, Y7, Y8, Z2, Z6, Z7, Z8, Z11
Bus transport MTA Maryland Bus: 915, 929
Bus transport Shuttle-UM: 111
Bus transport Peter Pan Bus
Structure typeElevated
Parking715 spaces (leased)
Bicycle facilities26 racks, 30 lockers
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station codeB08
OpenedFebruary 6, 1978; 40 years ago (February 6, 1978)
Passengers (2017)11,850 daily [1]Decrease 3.14% (Metro)
Preceding station   MARC   Following station
Brunswick Line
WMATA Metro Logo.svg Washington Metro
toward Shady Grove
Red Line
toward Glenmont
  Future services  
MTA Maryland
toward Bethesda
Purple Line
The station (left) with the Transit Center (right), 2016

Silver Spring is a Washington Metro and MARC Train station in Montgomery County, Maryland on the Red Line. On the Washington Metro, Silver Spring is the first station in Maryland on the eastern end of the Red Line, and is the second-busiest Metro station in Maryland after Shady Grove.[2]

The station serves the suburb of Silver Spring, and is located at Colesville Road (Maryland Route 384) and East-West Highway; trains from Grosvenor–Strathmore terminate here during peak travel times. Service began on February 6, 1978. Prior to the opening of Forest Glen on September 22, 1990, Silver Spring was the terminus for the eastern end of the Red Line.

Silver Spring is the last station on the Red Line heading towards Glenmont to be elevated, at-grade, or open cut. Just north of Silver Spring, the Red Line descends underground once again, therefore entering the subway. The Red Line remains underground for the remainder of its route as it continues out into the suburbs of Montgomery County under Georgia Avenue to the end of the line at Glenmont.

This station is planned to be one of the Metro stations on the Purple Line system, formerly known as the Bi-County Transitway.

Several Metrobuses and Ride On buses also serve this station.

Station layout[edit]

Like Brookland–CUA station, the platform at Silver Spring is slightly curved, with convex mirrors located on the inbound side of the platform to aid train operators in making sure the area is clear before closing the doors.

Metro platforms
Inbound WMATA Red.svg toward Grosvenor or Shady Grove (Takoma)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Outbound WMATA Red.svg toward Glenmont (Forest Glen)
WMATA Red.svg alighting passengers only (select rush hour trains) →
MARC platforms
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Outbound Brunswick Line toward Martinsburg or Frederick (Kensington)
Capitol Limited does not stop here
Inbound Capitol Limited does not stop here →
Brunswick Line toward Union Station (Terminus)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
M Mezzanine One-way faregates, ticket machines, station agent
G Street level Exit/entrance, parking, buses

MARC station[edit]

A MARC station straddles the Metro station, serving trains on the Brunswick Line. The two halves of the MARC station are connected by a pedestrian bridge. The MARC station began service in this location in 2000, replacing the Silver Spring Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Station, located about .25 miles (0.40 km) to the south. In the morning far more people disembark than board at the station, and the reverse is true in the evening. The MARC ridership as of 2013 was 629 passengers.

Paul S. Sarbanes Transit Center[edit]

The Montgomery County Government began construction of the Paul S. Sarbanes Transit Center, a multi-modal passenger transportation facility adjacent to the Metro station, in 2007. The facility has 34 bays for Metro, Ride-on Buses, Shuttle-UM, "Kiss and Ride" access, Metrorail, and MARC train service. Its increased capacity is expected to ease the implementation of the Purple Line. The Transit Center will also mark the location for the future northern terminus of the Metropolitan Branch Trail, which heads southbound to Union Station. The transit center is named for former U.S. Senator Paul Sarbanes.[3]

The complex was subject to construction problems and the schedule was extensively delayed.[4]

On March 19, 2013, an engineering firm engaged by Montgomery County to investigate the defects issued a report that indicated "significant and serious design and construction defects, including excessive cracking, missing post-tensioning cables, inadequate reinforcing steel, and concrete of insufficient strength and thickness."[5]

In May 2014, repairs were announced to begin for the summer with the hope of completing them in time to open by early 2015,[6] but after two months they had not resumed.

The facility was transferred from Montgomery County to WMATA in August 2015 after the completion of renovations,[7] and opened on September 20, 2015, five years behind schedule.[8]


The Silver Spring station is also home to Penguin Rush Hour, a 100-by-8-foot (30.5 by 2.4 m) mural painted by Sally Callmer, depicting penguins as Metro customers during rush hour.[9] Although originally intended to be a temporary exhibit, the mural placed at the station in the early 1990s has become a symbol of the downtown area of Silver Spring. In 2004, the Silver Spring Regional Center, a county government facility, commissioned the original artist to restore the mural, which was damaged by the elements and missing sections, for approximately $30,000. In 2004-2005, the mural was removed for the restoration, with the promise that it would be returned by the end of 2005.[10] Subsequently, the county decided to postpone re-installation of the mural until completion of the new transit center.[11] In March 2017 a digital copy of the mural, printed on aluminum sheets for durability, was installed at the transit center.[12]

Notable places nearby[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Metrorail Average Weekday Passenger Boardings" (PDF). WMATA. Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. Retrieved July 31, 2018.
  2. ^ Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (2012-06). "Metrorail Average Weekday Passenger Boardings.:
  3. ^ Montgomery County Department of General Services, Rockville, MD (July 12, 2011). "Paul S. Sarbanes Silver Spring Transit Center." Archived July 1, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Zapana, Victor (October 11, 2012). "Silver Spring Transit Center will open by September, officials say". Washington Post.
  5. ^ Statement of Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett Concerning the Silver Spring Transit Center (March 19, 2013). [1]
  6. ^ Repairs on trouble-plagued Silver Spring transit center scheduled to resume next week [2]
  7. ^ Lazo, Luz (August 20, 2015). "Metro plans Sept. 20 opening of problem-plagued Silver Spring Transit Center". The Washington Post. Retrieved August 26, 2015.
  8. ^ Phillips, Susan; Goncalves, Delia (September 20, 2015). "Long delayed Silver Spring Transit Center opens Sunday". WUSA. Retrieved September 28, 2015.
  9. ^ Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Washington, D.C. "Silver Spring Station: Penguin Rush Hour, 1989." Community Outreach - MetroArts. Accessed July 12, 2011.
  10. ^ Levine, Susan (March 5, 2006). "Update: In Silver Spring, Metro Penguins Will Rise Again". Washington Post.
  11. ^ Celebrate Silver Spring Foundation. "Penguin Rush Hour Artist: Sally Callmer." Silver Spring Downtown. Accessed July 18, 2011.
  12. ^ Kelly, John (March 28, 2017). "After a very long migration, the penguins have returned to Silver Spring". Washington Post.

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