Now that the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has agreed to fund Phase 2 of the Metro Silver Line, it's time to focus on what's really important: the names of several stations that may never be built once Loudoun County decides to take its ball and
In a fancy press release, the RA has taken objection to the county's recommendations for the proposed Silver Line station names, which somewhat oddly strip "Tysons" from the name of three of the four stations in "Fairfax County's downtown." Almost like they're embarrassed of that fabulous model of urban planning or something? Closer to home, the county has recommended calling the station that's kind of near Herndon, and no one seems to want in Herndon, "Herndon." Them's fightin' words!
The RA -- or at least one member of its board -- has asked the county to reconsider suggesting the station name "Reston West - Herndon" (we still like the idea of calling it the Polo Fields station). Could this dispute become the "54-40 or Fight" of western Fairfax County? Probably not.
The RA also suggested changes to the other two Reston station names. flipping Wiehle - Reston East to Reston East - Wiehle and changing Reston Town Center to Reston Central. According to the press release:
Wait a minute -- did the RA president just call Reston Town Center a shopping area? While we agree with the county that Reston Town Center's probably the best name for that station, that means that people can't fault us for calling it a Fake Downtown anymore.
“The Reston Association believes the names should let riders know they are in Reston,” [RA President Kathleen] Driscoll McKee said.
She added that using Reston as the primary name rather than the street or shopping area appearing first would “clearly identify the location to passengers and station staff.”
Of course, all of this could be moot, since the Metro board ultimately chooses the names -- and by the time these stations are open, it'll be so broke it'll have to sell the naming rights off to commercial sponsors, just like our state's right-thinking highway system. We can't wait to alight at the Gold Bond Medicated Powder station on the newly renamed We Buy Gold Line to head to
Meanwhile, our BFFs at Reston2020 sent Fairfax County supervisors a report with this fancy graph to show what will happen to tolls on the Toll Road:
Nothing to see here, folks. Move along.