West Falls Church station

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West Falls Church
WMATA Metro Logo.svg WMATA Orange.svg rapid transit station
West Falls Church from near outbound end.jpg
The center track, used for train storage
Location7040 Haycock Road
Falls Church, VA 22043
Owned byWashington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
Line(s)WMATA Orange.svg
Platforms2 island platforms
Tracks3
ConnectionsBus transport Metrobus: 3T, 28A
Bus transport Fairfax Connector
Bus transport Loudoun County Transit
Bus transport OmniRide Commuter
Bus transport Megabus
Construction
Structure typeSurface
Parking2,009 spaces
Bicycle facilities40 racks, 22 lockers
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station codeK06
History
OpenedJune 7, 1986; 33 years ago (June 7, 1986)
Previous namesWest Falls Church (1986–1999, 2011-present)
West Falls Church–VT/UVA (1999–2011)
Traffic
Passengers (2017)2,411 daily [1]Decrease 8.67%
Services
Preceding station WMATA Metro Logo.svg Washington Metro Following station
Dunn Loring
toward Vienna
Orange Line East Falls Church

West Falls Church is a Washington Metro station in Idylwood, Virginia on the Orange Line, the first station inside the beltway on the Orange Line going east. It is one of only two stations in the system to have three tracks, the other being the National Airport station. The center track is used for train storage, and for relaying trains to the adjacent Falls Church Yard.

Facilities[edit]

A view of the east end of the platforms, open to the weather. The Silver Line viaduct can be seen in the distance

The station serves the suburban community of Falls Church and the Northern Virginia Center operated by Virginia Tech and the University of Virginia. While the station has a street address on Haycock Road, it is physically located in the median of Interstate 66 near Virginia State Route 7 (Leesburg Pike); riders access the platform and mezzanine by means of an elevated walkway from the parking area.

This is a major suburban transfer station, as many commuter buses that serve communities near the Dulles Toll and Access Roads (Virginia State Route 267) connect to the Metro system at West Falls Church using a bus-only exit from the Access Road. These buses include Fairfax Connector to points within Fairfax including Reston and Herndon, Metrobus to Tysons Corner, and Loudoun County Transit reverse commute routes to businesses including AOL and MCI and transfer points in Dulles.

With the opening of the Silver Line on July 26, 2014, many commuter bus routes that formerly terminated at West Falls Church were rerouted to instead terminate at locations along the new Silver Line stations in Tysons Corner and Reston. [2] West Falls Church was also the original staging point for Washington Flyer buses to Dulles Airport, but this shifted to Wiehle-Reston East with the opening of the Silver Line.[3]

The Silver Line joins the Orange Line via a flying junction immediately east of this station but does not serve the station. Plans originally called for the Silver Line to stop at West Falls Church, but it was cut out of the final plan.

History[edit]

The station opened on June 7, 1986.[4] 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, Dunn Loring and Vienna stations.[4]

In 1999, the station was renamed West Falls Church–VT/UVA, when the initialisms for Virginia Tech and the University of Virginia were added to the station's name, two years after the dedication of the shared graduate center. These initialisms were moved to a subtitle location on November 3, 2011.[5]

In May 2018, Metro announced an extensive renovation of platforms at twenty stations across the system. The platforms at the West Falls Church station would be rebuilt starting in late 2020.[6]

Station layout[edit]

P
Platform level
Westbound WMATA Orange.svg toward Vienna (Dunn Loring)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Center track No regular service
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Eastbound WMATA Orange.svg toward New Carrollton (East Falls Church)
M Mezzanine One-way faregates, ticket machines, station agent
G Street level Exit/entrance

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Metrorail Average Weekday Passenger Boardings" (PDF). Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. May 2017. Retrieved February 17, 2018.
  2. ^ "Bus service changes to Silver Line". Fox 5 DC. July 23, 2014. Retrieved August 13, 2014.
  3. ^ http://prod.flydulles.com/iad/silver-line-express-bus-metrorail-station?_ga=1.145912374.347950824.1441369453
  4. ^ a b Lynton, Stephen J. (June 8, 1986), "9.1 more miles for Metrorail", The Washington Post, p. C1
  5. ^ "Station names updated for new map" (Press release). Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. November 3, 2011. Archived from the original on November 5, 2011. Retrieved November 5, 2011.
  6. ^ "Metro wants to rebuild 20 station platforms over three years, creating SafeTrack-like disruptions". Washington Post. May 7, 2018. Retrieved February 19, 2019.

External links[edit]

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

Bus bays at West Falls Church station

Coordinates: 38°54′03″N 77°11′21″W / 38.900773°N 77.189298°W / 38.900773; -77.189298