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Notes: New report says Potomac Yard arena could create crowding for over an hour at nearby Metro station

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The Potomac Yard Metro station (staff photo by Jay Westcott)

A consultant report (page 19) about the new Potomac Yard arena found the nearby Metro station could see crowding of 60-90 minutes after events unless significant upgrades are made to the station, NBC4 reported.

A transportation plan presented last week said a widened bridge, new escalators, and additional fare gates would be added to the station. Those upgrades are estimated to cost between $35 million and $70 million.

Even with the new escalators and fare gates called for in the transportation plans for the site, NBC reported the station could still have heavy crowding for 30-45 minutes after events.

Despite prior concerns raised by Metro GM Randy Clarke, the Potomac Yard Metro station has been one of the central pillars of the arena development’s transportation plans — especially given that the arena will have deliberately low levels of parking to encourage the use of public transit.

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