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Fort Totten in Northwest D.C. is one of many sites where Metro hopes to attract development.
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Fort Totten in Northwest D.C. is one of many sites where Metro hopes to attract development.

Metro is a step closer to seeking developers to build retail, residential, and office space at some of its rail stations.

The transit agency envisions trains loaded with reverse commuters headed out of town in the morning instead of empty trains going to pick up D.C. bound workers. That will only happen, however, if there if there's something to attract commuters to the 11 properties around rail stations that Metro wants to put on the market to be developed into office, retail or residential space.

Four are in Maryland:

  • Branch Avenue
  • Capitol Heights
  • Morgan Boulevard
  • Grosvenor


Three are in Virginia.:

  • Huntington
  • East Falls Church
  • West Falls Church

And four are in D.C.:

  • Anacostia
  • Navy Yard
  • Brookland
  • Fort Totten.


A Metro committee approved marketing for what are basically empty lots and bus bays, in the hope that developers will be eager to build either new shops, offices, or apartments.

"It varies from site to site, based on surrounding uses and existing zoning," explains Stan Wall, Metro's real estate chief. "Some of our sites support fairly intensive employment centers. Instead of sending empty trains out in the morning to Branch Avenue, we hope to send out commuters who are going to be working at that station."

Metro's full board of directors has to give final approval to the policy.

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