For immediate release: February 19, 2019

Metro seeks public input on proposed construction of a Metrorail Heavy Repair and Overhaul Facility

Landover heavy overhaul facilityMetro is considering construction of a new Metrorail Heavy Repair and Overhaul Facility to provide additional railcar maintenance capacity and accommodate the increase in demand for additional track maintenance and associated equipment.

The 37-acre proposed site in Landover, Maryland consists of several properties with active light industrial uses and is bounded by Pennsy Drive, Ardwick-Ardmore Road, Veterans Parkway (MD 410) and the Metrorail Orange Line. The facility would connect to the Orange Line between Landover and New Carrollton and include:

  • Heavy repair and overhaul service bays to accommodate up to 40 rail cars
  • Vehicle storage tracks to accommodate up to 24 rail cars
  • Traction power substation
  • Operations and administrative offices

The public is encouraged to provide comments on the proposed construction of the facility online or in person by 5:00 p.m., Thursday, March 28, 2019.

  • Take the online survey
  • Attend the Open House at 6:30 p.m. and Public Hearing at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, March 18, 2019 at Fortis College, 351 Garden City Drive, Landover, MD 20785.

Public feedback will be provided to the WMATA Board of Directors in May 2019 for approval. If approved, property acquisition would be necessary for the construction of this facility.

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, gender, religion, disability or family status. The locations of all public hearings are wheelchair accessible. If you require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or interpretation services (free of charge), contact the project team at 202-962-2511 (TTY: 202-962-2033) as soon as possible prior to the public hearing date.

How to register to speak at the public hearing

All organizations or individuals desiring to be heard with respect to the proposal will be afforded the opportunity to present their views and make supporting statements and to offer alternative proposals. Public officials will be allowed five minutes each to make their presentations. All others will be allowed three minutes each. Relinquishing of time by one speaker to another will not be permitted. In order to establish a witness list, individuals and representatives of organizations who wish to be heard at the public hearing are requested to furnish in writing their name and organization affiliation, if any, via email to Please submit only one speaker's name per request. Lists of individual speakers will not be accepted. The request may also be made by calling the Office of the Secretary at 202-962-2511.

How to submit written statements

Testimony may be submitted online about this proposal at Online submission may be submitted until Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 5 p.m. This is in addition to your ability to speak at a public hearing. For those without access to computers or internet, testimony may also be mailed to:

Office of the Secretary
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
600 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001

All comments must be received by the Office of the Secretary by 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 28, 2019 to be included in the public record. Please note all statements are releasable to the public upon request, and may be posted on WMATA’s website, without change, including any personal information provided.