Dunn Loring–Merrifield station

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Dunn Loring
WMATA Metro Logo.svg WMATA Orange.svg rapid transit station
Dunn Loring station, May 2010.jpg
Location2700 Gallows Road
Merrifield (Vienna), VA 22180
Owned byWashington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
Platforms1 island platform
Bus stands7
Bus operatorsBus transport Metrobus: 1B, 1C, 2A, 2B
Bus transport Fairfax Connector
Structure typeSurface
Parking2,000 spaces
Bicycle facilities40 racks, 34 lockers
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station codeK07
OpenedJune 7, 1986; 33 years ago (June 7, 1986)
Previous namesDunn Loring (1986–1998, 2011-present)
Dunn Loring–Merrifield (1998–2011)
Passengers (2017)3,688 daily [1]Decrease 8.33%
Preceding station WMATA Metro Logo.svg Washington Metro Following station
Orange Line West Falls Church

Dunn Loring is a Washington Metro station in Fairfax County, Virginia, on the Orange Line. The station is in Merrifield, with a Vienna mailing address. The station is in the median of Interstate 66 at Gallows Road, just outside the Capital Beltway, and is accessed by a footbridge over the eastbound lanes.


The station opened on June 7, 1986.[2] Its opening coincided with the completion of 9.1 miles (14.6 km) of rail west of the Ballston station and the opening of the East Falls Church, West Falls Church and Vienna stations.[2] By 1993, officials in Fairfax City were looking to add "Merrifield" to the station name.[3] In 1998, the station name was changed to "Dunn Loring–Merrifield".[4] On November 3, 2011, the station returned to its original name, with "Merrifield" listed as a subtitle.[5]

In May 2018, Metro announced an extensive renovation of platforms at twenty stations across the system. The platforms at the Dunn Loring station would be rebuilt starting in mid-2020.[6]

Station layout[edit]

Platform level
Westbound WMATA Orange.svg toward Vienna (Terminus)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Eastbound WMATA Orange.svg toward New Carrollton (West Falls Church)
M Mezzanine One-way faregates, ticket machines, station agent
G Street Level Exit/ Entrance

Development project[edit]

In August 2011, Mill Creek Residential Trust, in cooperation with WMATA, began development on a new mixed-use development area known as Alexan Dunn Loring.[7] The project was required to not reduce the number of parking spaces available to Metro riders.[8] The first completed step was to remove the existing kiss and ride area, as well as the bus bays. This area became the primary Metro parking lot, while the old parking lot was built into a new parking garage. The new parking garage opened in August 2013.[9] After the parking garage opened, construction began on the mixed-use development in the area of the temporary parking lot. Phase 1 of the mixed-use development project was scheduled to be completed in the first quarter of 2014.[10][11] Construction was expected to be completed in 2015.[7]


  1. ^ "Metrorail Average Weekday Passenger Boardings" (PDF). Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. May 2017. Retrieved February 17, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Lynton, Stephen J. (June 8, 1986), "9.1 more miles for Metrorail", The Washington Post, p. C1
  3. ^ Shear, Michael D. (August 26, 1993), "Angling to get on Metro Map; Merrifield, Fairfax City want stations renamed", The Washington Post, p. V1
  4. ^ Pae, Peter (August 21, 1997), "New names for Metro stations", The Washington Post, p. V1
  5. ^ "Station names updated for new map" (Press release). Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. November 3, 2011. Retrieved March 28, 2018.
  6. ^ "Metro wants to rebuild 20 station platforms over three years, creating SafeTrack-like disruptions". Washington Post. May 7, 2018. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  7. ^ a b "Dunn Loring–Merrifield Metrorail Station". wmata.com. Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. Archived from the original on November 11, 2014. Retrieved November 10, 2014.
  8. ^ "Environmental Document" (PDF). wmata.com. Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 11, 2014. Retrieved November 10, 2014. Through out any phase of construction of the proposed development, at least 1,355 parking spaces (existing number of spaces today) must be available to Metro patrons.
  9. ^ Hedgpeth, Dana (August 20, 2013). "New Metro parking garage at Dunn Loring". The Washington Post. Retrieved November 10, 2014.
  10. ^ "Dunn Loring–Merrifield Metro" (PDF). JBGR Retail. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 11, 2014. Retrieved November 10, 2014. Delivery Date: 1st Quarter 2014
  11. ^ "Dunn Loring Metro Apartments". Mill Creek Residential Trust. Retrieved November 10, 2014. Leasing to begin May 2013

External links[edit]

Media related to Dunn Loring (WMATA station) at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 38°53′00″N 77°13′42″W / 38.883304°N 77.228388°W / 38.883304; -77.228388