Rockville Metro Station Visioning and Concept Design Study

The City of Rockville is collaborating with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) and Montgomery County to conduct a study of Rockville Metro Station. The study will include communitywide input and is expected to conclude before the end of 2021. The process will identify opportunities to increase transit ridership by improving site access and incorporating mixed-use development on Metro-owned property at the station.  

The station, which opened in 1984, is a critical part of the city’s transportation network and was designed at a time when the City of Rockville was more car-centric and less developed than it is today. This study will explore options for incorporating new services like the planned Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) along Rockville Pike and Veirs Mill Road, and will consider how to better connect the station with Rockville’s downtown and surrounding neighborhoods. 

Community visioning workshops will offer a public opportunity to help establish guiding principles for the station area. The time and date of the workshops are yet to be determined and will be posted here once they are determined. The results of those community workshops will be presented to the Rockville Mayor and Council before the study proceeds to the development of draft concept plans and additional opportunities for public input.

Project Schedule

The following are key milestones for the study. Dates and details for each event will be posted as they become available.

  • Community Visioning Workshops
  • Community Visioning Presentation to Rockville Mayor and Council
  • Technical Concept Design Preparation
  • Concept Design Review Workshops
  • Final Report Presentation to Rockville Mayor and Council

For information, contact Clark Larson at clarson@rockvillemd.gov.

Aerial of Rockville Station from Google Earth

About the Study

Rockville Metro Station is a critical asset for the City of Rockville. Since its opening in 1984, near the site of the historic Rockville railroad station, it has served as a key transportation hub for the City of Rockville and Montgomery County. Despite its great value and impact for the city, the station area has seen few improvements or changes from its original layout. 

The goal of the study is to explore how to best integrate existing and new transit service with development on Metro property, as well as to establish the City of Rockville’s vision and goals for the station area. This information will be used to support coordination between the City of Rockville, Montgomery County, the State of Maryland, and Metro for future planning of infrastructure and development at the site and surrounding area.

Background Materials

The following are past studies of Rockville Station that will help to inform the community visioning and concept development study.