East Falls Church (WMATA station)

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East Falls Church
East Falls Church station from inbound end of platform.jpg
Station statistics
Address 2001 North Sycamore Street
Arlington, VA 22205
Line(s)

Orange Line Orange Line

Silver Line Silver Line (planned)
Connections WMATA Metrobus
Arlington Transit
Structure type Surface
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 2
Parking 422 spaces
Bicycle facilities 12 racks, 6 lockers
Other information
Opened June 7, 1986
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Station code K05
Owned by Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
Traffic
Passengers (2007) 2.384 million[1] Decrease 0.9%
Services
Preceding station   WMATA Metro Logo.svg Washington Metro   Following station
toward Vienna
Orange Line
Silver Line (planned)

East Falls Church is a Washington Metro station in Arlington, Virginia on the Orange Line.

Location[edit]

The station serves the suburban communities of Falls Church and Arlington, Virginia and is located in the median of Interstate 66 near Lee Highway (U.S. Route 29). Service began on June 7, 1986. East Falls Church has a parking lot with 422 spaces on the Lee Highway side of the station.

Transit-oriented development[edit]

Of the six stations on the Orange Line in Arlington, East Falls Church has the least transit-oriented development. Unlike the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor, East Falls Church station is located in the median of Interstate 66, posing pedestrian access issues. The County is currently considering plans to develop the site.

History[edit]

East Falls Church opened as part of the final westward extension of the Orange Line to Vienna on June 7, 1986.

The planned Silver Line will tentatively begin service in 2014. It will run between Largo Town Center in the east, following most of the Orange Line route until it reaches this station, where it will branch off towards the northwest, eventually reaching Dulles International Airport. The station will then become a transfer point.

Station layout[edit]

P
Platform level
Westbound Orange Line Orange Line toward Vienna (West Falls Church)
Silver Line Silver Line toward Wiehle – Reston East (planned) (McLean)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Eastbound Orange Line Orange Line toward New Carrollton (Ballston-MU)
Silver Line Silver Line toward Largo Town Center (planned) (Ballston-MU)
M Mezzanine One-way faregates, ticket machines, station agent
G Street Level Exit/ Entrance

Similar to all stations within the Interstate 66 median apart from West Falls Church, East Falls Church utilizes a simple island platform setup with two tracks. There is an exit in the central part of the platform that leads to a mezzanine on the western side of North Sycamore Street.[2] The station's parking lot and bus bays are located to the north of this exit at the southwestern corner of the intersection of North Sycamore Street and North Washington Boulevard.

References[edit]

  1. ^ FY2006-07 Metrorail ridership summary by station Think Outside the Car Retrieved 2009-11-28
  2. ^ East Falls Church station map WMATA Retrieved 2010-04-18

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 38°53′10″N 77°09′24″W / 38.886038°N 77.156531°W / 38.886038; -77.156531