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The Silver Line, One Station At A Time - A Comprehensive Look At Northern Virginia's New Transit Corridor

With the FFW holding behind us, I thought it would be an opportune time to spend some time focusing on how the planned Silver Line Metro Station areas are planned to build out, so that we can provide a comprehensive guide to Northern Virginia's new transit corridor, station by station.  This first post is a macro-analysis of the system as a whole, which will be followed by a station by station land use, transportation and density analysis, and then probably an end-cap article summarizing the capacity of the corridor as a whole.

As you can see from the system wide map, the Silver Line will extend at its western terminus beyond Dulles Airport to Route 772 in Loudoun County, and the East Falls Church Station will serve as the transfer station from the Silver Line to the Orange Line at its eastern terminus in Arlington County.  The construction of the Silver Line will occur in two phases. Phase I includes the construction of the four stations included as part of the Tysons Corner Plan and the Wiehle Avenue Station on the eastern side of Reston.  Phase II will include six additional stations, beginning at Reston Parkway and continuing out through Route 772.  Phase I is expected to be completed as early as late 2013, and Phase II is targeted to be complete sometime in 2016.

While there are a lot of statistics out there, some believe the initial Phase I component of the system is anticipated to add 60,000 daily rail trips to the Metro system, and the initial Phase I and Phase II combined is anticipated to add 100,000 daily trips to the Metro system.  These statistics will change as density fills behind station construction.

With the design and location for each station nailed down, it is a good time to focus on how the land use and planning studies for each station area are playing out.  We'll start in the east and move west, and will provide a use and density analysis for this new mass transit corridor.  Next post:  Station #1, East Falls Church and The East Falls Church Plan.