Update: Metro Approves Changing White Flint Metro Station Name to “North Bethesda”

by MCS Staff
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12/9/21 Update: Metro has unanimously approved changing the White Flint Metro Station name to “North Bethesda.”

Metro’s board of directors will vote Thursday, December 9, on a proposal to rename the White Flint Metro station “North Bethesda,” per Friends of White Flint.

A social media post on the Friends of White Flint Facebook page states that, “Metro’s staff is recommending to its board of directors to approve the name change. In writing why they acknowledged that currently North Bethesda does not have much of a “sense of place.”

“That said, noteworthy developments such as Pike & Rose have started to adapt the namesake into their branding and identify as being located in the city of North Bethesda. We will continue to see this take hold throughout the county. Should the Board wish to approve the jurisdiction’s request, it is likely that the new name will become synonymous with the surrounding community over time and customers will find it sufficient for wayfinding.”

Friends of White Flint, Councilmember Andrew Friedson, and County Executive Marc Elrich have led the charge to change the station’s name.

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Craig Washington December 9, 2021 - 5:08 pm

What a farce. We all know there’s no such place of “North xyz”. The specific location of that Metro station is Rockville. Staying on the same side of 355 and south of Nicholson Lane, that turns into Kensington. Accept it, embrace it and love it. What’s next? Re-naming Rockville Town Square into North of North Bethesda Town Square??? Gimme a break…

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lilk December 9, 2021 - 6:31 pm

NOO. Friends of White Flint want the metro changed to North Bethesda, when they have not even changed the name of their group to ‘friends ofnorth bethesda’! I do not get why were we the public polled if what we want does not matter? We said we are against the name change but it is being changed anyway. Makes no sense.

Lerner is going to develop the land where White Flint Mall was. The buildings may be name White Flint. This is stupid. Most people would think N Beth station would be after Beth metro, not 2 stations after! The area is on Rockville Pike, why not call it South Rockville? The address for the area is Kensington and Rockville not Bethesda at all. This is frustrating.

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