Tysons Corner (WMATA station)

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Tysons Corner
Washington Metro rapid transit station
VA 07 2012 Tysons Central 123 Metro Station 3639.JPG
Tysons Corner station under construction in July 2012
Station statistics
Address1943 Chain Bridge Road
Tysons Corner, VA 22102
Coordinates38°55′14″N 77°13′20″W / 38.920496°N 77.222262°W / 38.920496; -77.222262Coordinates: 38°55′14″N 77°13′20″W / 38.920496°N 77.222262°W / 38.920496; -77.222262
Line(s)Silver Line Silver Line (under construction)
Platforms1 island platform
Tracks2
Other information
Opened2014
Station codeN03
Owned byWMATA
Services
Preceding station WMATA Metro Logo.svg Washington Metro Following station
toward Route 772
Silver Line (planned)
 
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Tysons Corner
Washington Metro rapid transit station
VA 07 2012 Tysons Central 123 Metro Station 3639.JPG
Tysons Corner station under construction in July 2012
Station statistics
Address1943 Chain Bridge Road
Tysons Corner, VA 22102
Coordinates38°55′14″N 77°13′20″W / 38.920496°N 77.222262°W / 38.920496; -77.222262Coordinates: 38°55′14″N 77°13′20″W / 38.920496°N 77.222262°W / 38.920496; -77.222262
Line(s)Silver Line Silver Line (under construction)
Platforms1 island platform
Tracks2
Other information
Opened2014
Station codeN03
Owned byWMATA
Services
Preceding station WMATA Metro Logo.svg Washington Metro Following station
toward Route 772
Silver Line (planned)

Tysons Corner (also known as Tysons Central 123 and Tysons I & II during planning phases) is a rapid transit station currently under construction on the Silver Line of the Washington Metro in Tysons Corner, Virginia. One of four Metro stations being built in Tysons Corner, it will be one of the five stations comprising the first phase of the Silver Line, opening in early 2014.

Location[edit]

One of four Metro stations within Tysons Corner, the eponymous station is located in the heart of the edge city. Specifically, it lies above Chain Bridge Road (Virginia 123.svg) at its intersection with Tysons Boulevard. It will be the closest station to two of the region's most important attractions, Tysons Corner Center and Tysons Galleria, which combined house roughly 3.0 million square feet, or half of the region's retail space.[1]

Transit-oriented development[edit]

In order to reduce congestion and improve walkability and connectivity in the area, the Fairfax County Planning Commission created the "Tysons Corner Urban Center Comprehensive Plan", an outline for the urbanisation of Tysons Corner in conjunction with the opening of the Silver Line. As one of four Metro stations within the identified locale, Greensboro will be the focal point of one of the transit-oriented development schemes in the plan. According to the Commission's outline, the area bounded by Westpark Drive, International Drive, Route 123, Route 7 and the Capital Beltway will be designated as the Tysons Central 7 District and contain high-density residential and commercial mixed-use development.[1]

The plan envisions two major subdistricts, the North and South Tysons Central subdistricts, along with additional satellite subaeras near the edges of the planning district.[1] The North Tysons Central subdistrict is to be anchored by the Tysons Galleria and has been revised to handle a maximum of 6.8 million square feet of developable space in conjunction with better pedestrian access and improved street grid connectivity. Buildings hights within the North Tysons Central subdistrict will reach up to 400 ft (122 m), among the highest in the metropolitan area.[1]

Similarly, the South Tysons Central subdistrict is centered around Tysons Corner Center and has been upzoned for nearly 6.0 million square feet of mixed-use space.[1] New developments will be concentrated on the south side of Tysons Corner station and can reach 350 feet (107 m), with the possibility of density bonuses allowing growth to 400 ft (122 m). Additional changes are envisioned for the Towers Crescent and Watson Street subareas.[1]

History[edit]

Tysons Corner station is expected to open as part of the first phase of the Silver Line to Wiehle – Reston East in early 2014. In the planning stages, controversy ensued over whether to build the Metro in a tunnel or on an elevated viaduct through Tysons Corner. It was eventually decided that the majority of the line would be built above ground, but the station will be built partially below ground in order to send trains through a short tunnel connecting the line's Route 7 and Route 123-paralleling sections.

Station layout[edit]

Like other stations on the Silver Line, Tysons Corner will have an elevated island platform and two tracks. Access is provided by two entrances, one at street level at the northwest corner of the intersection of Chain Bridge Road and Tysons Boulevard and the other on the southwest corner; the siting of the railway viaduct on the north side of Chain Bridge Road as well as pedestrian safety means that entrance to the station from this corner is by a pedestrian overpass to a mezzanine above platform level.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Tysons Corner urban center: district recommendations Fairfax County Retrieved 2013-10-06
  2. ^ Tysons Corner station Dulles Metrorail Retrieved 2010-10-06