New Carrollton


New Carrollton is a unique transportation hub within the Washington region, combining a heavily utilized Metrorail and Metrobus end of line station with Amtrak, MARC, The Bus, and intercity bus lines at the intersection of two major highways. The new Purple Line light rail system is planned to traverse Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties from Bethesda to New Carrollton (terminating on the north parcel). The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) occupies a three-building 1.2 million sf complex north of the station that houses approximately 5,000 employees. There is a pedestrian bridge connecting the IRS facility and the north station entrance. The 200 acre Metro East Office Park is located to the south and east of the station. In addition to office buildings, the Park contains a Marriott Courtyard Hotel.

Station Area Vision

At the eastern end of the Orange Line at the Capital Beltway, a major mixed-use transit center is taking shape as plans for additional office, local-serving retail, and multifamily residential uses within easy walking distance. Second only to Union Station in the Washington Metropolitan area, this station is a major multi-modal hub with Metro, AMTRAK, MARC, a Greyhound Bus Terminal, and local County bus service available. Internal Revenue Service headquarters employ 5,000 workers and the 200-acre Metro East Office Park is located southeast of the station. New Carrollton is one of three stations in Prince George’s County designated a priority in June 2010.

New Carrollton Metrorail Station

  • Located along Garden City Drive near the intersection of John Hanson Highway (US 50) and I-95.
  • The nearest communities are West Lanham Hills and Whitfield Terrace.
  • The General Plan places this station in the Developed tier and classfifies it as a Metropolitan Center.
  • The station is also a MARC commuter rail and an AMTRAX (intercity rail) station.
  • The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) complex occupies a thre-building 1.2 million-square-foot complex north of the site.
  • Access is via John Hanson Highway (US 50), Annapolis Road (MD 450), and the Capital Beltway (Interstate 95/495).

Summary of Allowable Uses

The land uses planned within one-half mile of the Metrorail are commercial, office and a business park. The Landover and Vicinity Master Plan (1993) is the applicable master plan for this Metro Station area. 

Sites in Public Ownership

WMATA owns 35.7 acres including the station and parking area. The state of Maryland owns approximately 9 acres (currently used for surface parking). The County owns approximately 8 acres within one-quarter mile of the station.

Quick Facts

  • Parking
    • 3 parking facilities (including metered spaces, Kiss and Ride spaces, and 2 spaces for WMATA's flex car Vendor)
    • 1,000 space, multi-level parking garage
    • 400 spaces for WMATA
    • 20 spaces for AMTRAK
    • 400-space, all-day surface lot
  • Transit
    • 19 Metrobus routes
    • 2 THE BUS route
  • Transit Ridership
    • 10,835 entries
    • 10,368 exits


  • Annapolis Road - Primary commercial corridor with medium-density residential and revitalized commercial uses clustered at major intersections.
  • Garden City - Medium-density, mixed-use residential and commercial neighborhood with easy and walkable access to the Metro station and the future Purple Line.
  • The Metro Core - Mixed-use heart of the transit district development plan (TDDP) with medium - to high-density commercial, retail, and residential uses.
  • North Hillside Residential - Primarily existing residential neighborhood; phased infill development will bring commercial and retail uses and a new public school.
  • West Lanham Hills/Hanson Oaks - Preserved single-family detached and attached neighborhoods (no zoning or land use changes proposed in this neighborhood).

The Prince George’s County Transit District Overlay Zoning Map Amendment for New Carrollton

The New Carrollton station area is envisioned as an exciting and livable transit oriented community with a mix of offices, stores, residences and hotel rooms in a location with unparalleled transportation access to the National Capital region. The Prince George’s County Transit District Overlay Zoning Map Amendment for New Carrollton (TDDP/TDOZ). The TDDP calls for the transformation of the area to include up to 3,000 housing units; 2,600,000 square feet of office/commercial space; an extensive system of open spaces; an efficient street network that feels welcome to pedestrians, bicyclists, and vehicular traffic alike; and a Metro station rebuilt as a grand urban transportation center.

Technical Assistance Panel Report

This comprehensive study with substantial stakeholder input resulted in a true framework for the station area. The study’s vision transforms the station area into a lively, urban, mixed-use community - the downtown of Prince George ’s County - complete with pedestrian - friendly streets, an integrated open space framework, and six distinct character areas.