McLean (WMATA station)

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McLean WMATA Station construction cropped.jpg
McLean Station under construction
Station statistics
Address 1824 Dolley Madison Boulevard,
McLean, Virginia
Coordinates 38°55′28″N 77°12′38″W / 38.92434°N 77.21048°W / 38.92434; -77.21048Coordinates: 38°55′28″N 77°12′38″W / 38.92434°N 77.21048°W / 38.92434; -77.21048
Line(s) Silver Line Silver Line (planned)
Connections WMATA Metrobus
Structure type Elevated
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened July 26, 2014; 17 days' time (2014-07-26)[1]
Station code N02
Preceding station   WMATA Metro Logo.svg Washington Metro   Following station
Silver Line (planned)

McLean (preliminary name Tysons East, Tysons-McLean) [2][3] is a planned Washington Metro station in Fairfax County, Virginia, on the Silver Line. The station is located in Tysons Corner, with a McLean postal address. It is expected to begin operation on July 26, 2014.

Station layout[edit]

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

Access to McLean station will be provided by two entrances, one on each side of SR 123.[4] The southern entrance will connect to the northern entrance and mezzanine with a pedestrian bridge about 50 ft (15 m) above SR 123, with the mezzanine containing ticket machines and faregates.

McLean is planned to have a simple island platform setup with two tracks. While there has been some controversy about whether to build the rail through Tysons Corner below ground or on elevated tracks, McLean is planned to be elevated. No parking is planned for the station; however, a bus station and kiss-and-ride lot are to be built.[4]

The main platform will have a height of 55.5 feet (16.9 m) at its east end and 49 feet (15 m) at its west end.[5]


McLean station will be located in the northeast section of Tysons Corner, at the northwest corner of the intersection of SR 123/Dolley Madison Boulevard and Scotts Crossing Road. This area is bordered on the south by SR 123, on the west by Exit 46A-B of the I-495/Capital Beltway, and by Exit 19A-B of the SR 267. Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) traffic counts show heavy usage of all three roads in the area, with around 122,000 cars per day using the SR 267 north of Exit 18; of these, about one-third continue on the Dulles Toll Road with the other two-thirds (67,000) using the Beltway.[6] In addition, 44,000 cars use Dolley Madison Boulevard each day.[6]

The station is located two miles west of the urban village of McLean, Virginia. McLean itself took the name of the McLean station, of the former Great Falls and Old Dominion Railroad interurban trolley line, that the village grew around. Fairfax County's long-range transportation plan contains no plans for returning mass transit to the village of McLean,[7] making it an appropriate name for the nearest Silver Line station.

The station, being located in Tysons Corner, will serve major shopping malls, the headquarters of Capital One, several US Government intelligence agency facilities, and various government contractors as well as local residents.

Station Facilities[edit]

The station seen from eastbound Virginia State Route 123/Dolley Madison Boulevard. The pedestrian walkway over VA 123 is visible in the background.
  • 2 station entrances (each side of SR 123)
  • Pedestrian bridge crossing SR 123
  • Bus dropoff/pickup
  • Kiss & Ride


  1. ^ "Completion date on Silver Line pushed back again". WTOP. Retrieved December 8, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Board of Supervisors Approves Proposed Silver Line Station Names". April 10, 2012. Retrieved April 11, 2012. 
  3. ^ Hosh, Kafia (March 29, 2011). "Fairfax OKs names for new Metrorail stations". Washington Post. Retrieved March 29, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Tystons East station". Dulles Metro. Retrieved 2013-02-09. 
  5. ^ "DCMP Station Heights Actual". WMAA. Retrieved 2010-11-10. 
  6. ^ a b 2008 Fairfax County AADT counts VDOT Retrieved 2009-09-07
  7. ^

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