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What's Up With That?

Why are there escalators on the opposite side of the Dulles Toll Road from the 2,300-space Wiehle-Reston East parking garage?

In just about a year, Metro's Silver Line Wiehle-Reston East station will open, moving passengers via rail to Tysons, DC and beyond.

The progress at is taking shape - but what of the lonely escalators all the way on the other side of the Dulles Toll Road?

The parking garage and bus bays on the north side of the toll road will connect to the station at Sunset Hills and Wiehle. But on the south side, there sit two escalators only accessible from the parking lots off Centennial Park Drive and Association Drive.

Those lots are privately owned by Vornado  Realty Trust and there are signs everywhere that say violators will be towed. A large parking garage in the middle of that area serves the many offices there and already has gate access.

There are no current plans for a public Metro parking lot on the other side of the Toll Road, says Maggie Parker, spokeswoman for Comstock, which is developing the public-private parking garage.

Pedestrians coming from the Soapstone/Sunrise Valley/South Lakes area would be able to access the escalators, but would have to come from Sunrise Valley, which is not pedestrian-friendly in the area around Wiehle.

Terry Maynard of advocacy group Reston 2020 says his organization of citizens is not advocating more parking on the south side of the toll road. 

Maynard says they would like to see bus access and a kiss-and-ride lane to those escalators.

"It would relieve traffic going across the bridge," he said. "We are trying to discourage people from parking near the Metro at all. Right now, the only access planned [on the south side] is a trail from the end of the road bridge to the escalators.

 

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Michael December 06, 2012 at 03:10 AM
Another crossing is the most critical piece of this. There are many of us who need to cross regularly between north-side and south-side and it's becoming more difficult every year, even without metro. Once the station opens it will be nearly impossible - RTC traffic makes Reston Parkway unusable, and Metro traffic will do the same to Wiehle.
Stealth Ops December 06, 2012 at 04:02 PM
It's not about becoming "suddenly" interested, it's what seems ineffectiveness on these planning efforts. You can have many groups, commissions, task forces and whatever anyone can call them, but sometimes the needs are not address cogently and we end up always being reactive, than proactive.
The BSD Guy December 06, 2012 at 07:05 PM
That's what tax payers are for, fella! Developers create a mess, make profits, leave town, and then you have to have your taxes increased in one way or another to cover the costs of all the problems they're continually creating. Anywhere developers go, trouble follows.
Terry Maynard December 10, 2012 at 04:48 AM
Alison--The 2009 RMAG report to the BoS had several very specific and very good recommendations about how to adjust the through and turning lanes as well as improving the pedestrian crosswalks. (Still no ped/bike overpasses, however.) Nothing has been so far with those recommendations. FC will be hardpressed to complete them by a year from now when Metro opens there.
Lucinda Shannon December 12, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Thanks for the information Bruce. And more importantly, thanks for all the work you all do to facilitate safe biking in our area. Having more people on bikes will keep more cars off the road. And I'm glad to hear there will be bike racks on the south side so I don't have to lock my bike to a tree. :)

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