Wiehle – Reston East (WMATA station)

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Wiehle–Reston East
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Wiehle – Reston East station seen at night, July, 2013
Station statistics
Address 1862 Wiehle Avenue
Reston, VA 20190
Coordinates Coordinates: 38°56′52″N 77°20′25″W / 38.94786°N 77.34041°W / 38.94786; -77.34041
Line(s) Silver Line Silver Line
Connections

Bus transport Fairfax Connector: 505, 507, 551, 552, 553, 554, 557, 558, 559, 585, 599, 924, 926, 929, 950, 951, 952, 980, 981, 983, 985, RIBS 1, RIBS 2, RIBS 3, RIBS 4

Bus transport Loudoun County Transit
Structure type Surface
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 2
Parking 2,300 spaces
Other information
Opened July 26, 2014; 3 days ago (2014-07-26)[1]
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Station code N06
Owned by WMATA
Services
Preceding station   WMATA Metro Logo.svg Washington Metro   Following station
Terminus Silver Line
Phase 1
toward Route 772
Silver Line
Phase 2

Wiehle–Reston East (preliminary names Wiehle Avenue, Reston–Wiehle Avenue)[2][3] is a Washington Metro station in Fairfax County, Virginia on the Silver Line. It began operation on July 26, 2014,[1] and is the western terminus of the Silver Line from 2014 until around 2018,[4] when Route 772 will become the western terminus. Located in Reston, the station is being developed alongside Reston Station, a mixed-use urban center.[5]

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Exit/ Entrance
M Mezzanine One-way faregates, ticket machines, station agent
P
Platform level
Westbound Silver Line Silver Line toward Largo Town Center (phase 1) (Spring Hill)
Silver Line Silver Line (planned) toward Route 772 (phase 2) (Reston Town Center)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right
Eastbound Silver Line Silver Line toward Largo Town Center (Spring Hill)

History[edit]

Name[edit]

Wiehle (/ˈwl/) in the station's name refers to nearby Wiehle Avenue, which itself is named after a small town, Wiehle's Station,[6] built in 1892 that used to be located nearby.[7][8]

Location[edit]

According to the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project, the station sits in the median of the SR 267, similar to how the Orange Line is located in the median of Interstate 66 from Vienna (the current terminus of the Orange Line) to East Falls Church. The station has approximately 2,300 parking spaces to the north of the road.[9] The main platform has a height of 5 feet (1.5 m) at its east end and 6.5 feet (2.0 m) at its west end.[10]

Transit-oriented development[edit]

Platform of Wiehle – Reston East station
Passengers await the arrival of the second Silver Line train from Wiehle – Reston East on its first day of operation in July 26, 2014

In order to foster high density development within walking distance of the station, Fairfax County has awarded development rights to an existing nine acre park-and-ride lot on the station site. Reston-based Comstock Partners constructed a 2,300 space below-ground parking structure as well as 1,500,000 square feet (140,000 m2) of commercial and residential space, consisting of more than 500,000 square feet of Class A office space, approximately 100,000 square feet of restaurants, shops, and service-oriented retailers, a 200-plus room hotel, and approximately 900 luxury residences.[11]

Station facilities[edit]

  • 2 station entrances (both sides of SR 267)
  • Pedestrian bridge crossing SR 267
  • Bus dropoff/pickup (both entrances)
  • Kiss & Ride (north side only)
  • Secure bike storage room
  • Parking for 2,300 cars (north side)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "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. ^ Dulles Metro Front Page
  5. ^ MacGillis, Alec (February 16, 2006). "County Picks Project for Wiehle Avenue Site; Reston Firm Proposes Substantial Mixed-Use Development on Nine-Acre Park-and-Ride Lot". The Washington Post. p. FE03. 
  6. ^ "Max C.J. Wiehle". The Washington Post. Aug 30, 1956. p. 34. 
  7. ^ MacDonald, Gregg (March 30, 2012). "Wiehle legacy lives on in Reston". Fairfax Times. 
  8. ^ Rosenfeld, Megan (June 13, 1975). "Reston Group Would Revive Extinct Town: Restonites Trying To Revive Wiehle". The Washington Post. p. C1. 
  9. ^ Wiehle–Reston East Metro Station
  10. ^ "DCMP Station Heights Actual". WMAA. Retrieved 2010-11-10. 
  11. ^ MacGillis, Alec (2006-02-16). "Project Chosen for Site at Planned Metro Stop in Reston". Washington Post. p. LZ03. Retrieved 2009-12-19.