Wiehle–Reston East station

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WMATA Metro Logo.svg Wiehle–Reston East Silver Line
Wiehle-Reston Metro platform 1.jpg
Wiehle – Reston East station on the first day of service
Location 1862 Wiehle Avenue
Reston, VA 20190
Coordinates 38°56′52″N 77°20′25″W / 38.94786°N 77.34041°W / 38.94786; -77.34041
Owned by WMATA
Line(s) Silver Line Silver Line
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 2
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
Construction
Structure type Surface
Parking 2,300 spaces
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code N06
History
Opened July 26, 2014; 3 years ago (2014-07-26)[1]
Traffic
Passengers (2016) 7,404 daily [2]Decrease 13.79%
Services
Preceding station   WMATA Metro Logo.svg Washington Metro   Following station
Terminus Silver Line

Wiehle–Reston East (preliminary names Wiehle Avenue, Reston–Wiehle Avenue)[3][4] 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 2020,[5] when Ashburn Station will become the western terminus. Located in Reston, the station is being developed alongside Reston Station, a mixed-use urban center.[6]

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 Ashburn (phase 2) (Reston Town Center)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Eastbound Silver Line Silver Line toward Largo Town Center (Spring Hill)
The station under construction in July 2013

The "Wiehle" (/ˈwl/) in the station's name refers to Wiehle Avenue at the eastern end of the station, which itself is named after a small town, Wiehle's Station,[7] built in 1892 that used to be located nearby.[8][9]

The station sits in the median of 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). It is about 5.8 miles (9.3 km) from Spring Hill, the next station to the east. The station has approximately 2,300 parking spaces to the north of the road.[10] The main platform has a height of 5 ft (1.5 m) at its east end and 6.5 ft (2.0 m) at its west end.[11]

In order to foster high density development within walking distance of the station, Fairfax County has awarded development rights to an existing 9 acres (3.6 ha) 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 (46,000 m2) of Class A office space, approximately 100,000 square feet (9,300 m2) of restaurants, shops, and service-oriented retailers, a 200-plus room hotel, and approximately 900 luxury residences.[12]

The station is the staging point for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority's Silver Line Express Bus, whose 15 minute trips travel between the station and Washington Dulles International Airport every 15 to 20 minutes.[13] The paved Washington & Old Dominion Railroad Trail (W&OD Trail) crosses Wiehle Avenue 0.3 miles (0.5 km) northeast of the station.[14]

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)

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Completion date on Silver Line pushed back again". WTOP. Retrieved December 8, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Metrorail Average Weekday Passenger Boardings" (PDF). WMATA. Retrieved 2017-04-26. 
  3. ^ "Board of Supervisors Approves Proposed Silver Line Station Names". April 10, 2012. Retrieved April 11, 2012. 
  4. ^ Hosh, Kafia (March 29, 2011). "Fairfax OKs names for new Metrorail stations". Washington Post. Retrieved March 29, 2011. 
  5. ^ Dulles Metro Front Page
  6. ^ 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. 
  7. ^ "Max C.J. Wiehle". The Washington Post. Aug 30, 1956. p. 34. 
  8. ^ Rosenfeld, Megan (June 13, 1975). "Reston Group Would Revive Extinct Town: Restonites Trying To Revive Wiehle". The Washington Post. p. C1. 
  9. ^ MacDonald, Gregg (April 4, 2012). "Wiehle's legacy lives on in Reston". The Washington Post. 
  10. ^ Wiehle–Reston East Metro Station
  11. ^ "DCMP Station Heights Actual". WMAA. Retrieved 2010-11-10. 
  12. ^ MacGillis, Alec (2006-02-16). "Project Chosen for Site at Planned Metro Stop in Reston". Washington Post. p. LZ03. Retrieved 2009-12-19. 
  13. ^ "Silver Line Express Bus to Metrorail Station". Dulles International. Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. Retrieved October 14, 2017.  Archived October 14, 2017, at the Wayback Machine.
  14. ^ (1) "Station Vicinity Map: Wiehle-Reston East" (PDF). Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. Retrieved September 29, 2017. 
    (2) Merry, Stephanie (August 14, 2014). "Riding the rails to trails: Metro offers a car-free path to the great outdoors". Going Out Guide. The Washington Post. Retrieved September 29, 2017. Once you get to the Wiehle-Reston East stop, take the North exit, which guides you toward Reston Station Boulevard. Walk toward Wiehle Road and take a left, then cross over Sunset Hills Road. Once you see the Pizza Hut, you know you’ve arrived. .... (Note: Wiehle is a busy road and not particularly bike-friendly, but it’s a short, manageable distance from the station to the trail to walk your bike on the sidewalk.)  Archived September 29, 2017, at the Wayback Machine.