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Millions of dollars will go to widening the roads that lead up to the Branch Avenue Metro station and installing a pedestrian bridge to accommodate more riders.
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Millions of dollars will go to widening the roads that lead up to the Branch Avenue Metro station and installing a pedestrian bridge to accommodate more riders.
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Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin looks at maps of the construction projects at the Branch Avenue Metro station.

The Branch Avenue Metro station in Prince George's County at one end of the Green Line is going to look very different soon.

Millions of dollars will go to widening the roads that lead up to the station and installing a pedestrian bridge to accommodate more riders. Some of the money to do that is coming from the gas tax hike, the first round of which went into effect last summer.

To County Executive Rushern Baker, the Branch Avenue Metro is vitally important because of its location near Joint Base Andrews. "If you're shuttling between Joint Base Andrews and the Pentagon, then you don't need to live in Virginia anymore. You can live in Prince George's County," Baker says.

It's also crucial because of its proximity to D.C.

"You can get downtown quicker from here than almost any [other Metro stop], especially the Red Line. As they tell me, the Green Line is the new Red Line. Whatever that means," Baker says.

The gas tax will continue to rise in Maryland, though it won't this summer. Supporters say that's because they didn't want to disrupt the economic recovery, but those same lawmakers who approved it also have to face the voters this year.

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