East Falls Church station

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East Falls Church
WMATA Metro Logo.svg WMATA Orange.svg WMATA Silver.svg rapid transit station
East Falls Church station from inbound end of platform.jpg
Location 2001 North Sycamore Street
Arlington, VA 22205
Owned by Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
  • WMATA Orange.svg
  • WMATA Silver.svg
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 2
Bus stands 4
Bus operators Bus transport Metrobus: 2A, 3A, 15K, 26A
Bus transport Arlington Transit
Structure type Surface
Parking 422 spaces
Bicycle facilities 12 racks, 6 lockers
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code K05
Opened June 7, 1986; 32 years ago (June 7, 1986)
Passengers (2017) 3,955 daily [1]Decrease 0.65%
Preceding station   WMATA Metro Logo.svg Washington Metro   Following station
toward Vienna
Orange Line
Silver Line

East Falls Church is an island platformed Washington Metro station in Arlington, Virginia on the Orange and Silver Lines. East Falls Church station is the last aboveground, at grade, or open cut station for eastbound trains. East of this station, the trains heading toward downtown DC descends underground, therefore leaving the median of I-66 and entering subway mode.

The station serves the 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.[2] Arlington County is currently considering plans to develop the site.


East Falls Church opened as part of the final westward extension of the Orange Line to Vienna on June 7, 1986.[3]

The Silver Line began service on July 26, 2014, resulting in East Falls Church becoming the final transfer point before its split with the Orange Line.[4]

Station layout[edit]

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. 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.[2]

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


  1. ^ "Metrorail Average Weekday Passenger Boardings" (PDF). Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. May 2017. Retrieved February 17, 2018. 
  2. ^ a b "Station Vicinity Map: East Falls Church" (PDF). WMATA. Retrieved March 28, 2018. 
  3. ^ "Sequence of Metrorail openings" (PDF). Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. 2017. p. 3. Retrieved March 28, 2018. 
  4. ^ "All aboard! Metro's new Silver Line rolls down the tracks for the first time". Washington Post. Retrieved March 28, 2018. 

External links[edit]

Media related to East Falls Church (WMATA station) at Wikimedia Commons

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