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Silver Spring is a Washington Metro station in Montgomery County, Maryland on the Red Line. It is the first station in Maryland on the eastern end of the line and is the most-used station in Maryland.

The station serves the suburb of Silver Spring, Maryland and is located at Colesville Road (U.S. Route 29) and East-West Highway. A MARC station straddles the Metro station, with the two halves of the MARC station connected by a pedestrian bridge. Trains from Grosvenor-Strathmore terminate here during midday. Service began on February 6, 1978.

Prior to the opening of the Forest Glen station on September 22, 1990, the Silver Spring Station was the terminating station for the eastern end of the red line. Trains would either be run into the station on the inbound track for restarting in the opposite direction, or the train would arrive on the outbound track and go out of service, whereupon it would be run into the pocket track just beyond the station, the operator would walk back to what was the tail end of the train, and use the console at that end to restart the train in the reverse direction, and return to the station on the opposite track. This latter move is what is presently done when Red Line trains terminate at Silver Spring in regular service.

Like Brookland-CUA station, the platform at Silver Spring is slightly curved, with convex mirrors located on the inbound side of the platform to aid train operators in making sure the area is clear before closing the doors.

This station is planned to be one of the Metro stations on the Purple Line system, formerly known as the Bi-County Transitway.

Several Metrobuses and Ride On buses serve this station:

Metrobus: 70, 71, 79 (Georgia Ave.), F4, F6 (New Carrollton), J1, J2, J3, J4 (Bethesda + Montgomery Mall), J5(College Park), Q2 (Shady Grove), S2, S4 (16th St-Federal Triangle), "Y" buses to Montgomery General Hospital, "Z" buses to Greencastle and surrounding area

Ride On Bus: 1, 11, 12, 127, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 2, 20, 22, 28, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, Z2 (Operated by Ride On on weekends)

Artwork Edit

The Silver Spring station is also home to Penguin Rush Hour, a 100x8 ft. mural painted by Sally Callmer, depicting penguins as Metro customers during rush hour. [1]

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