As Phase 1 of the Silver Line continues slouching towards Reston, it's becoming increasingly clear that there will not be a lot of immediate solutions to the additional traffic that will immediately be drawn to the fancy 2,300 space parking garage/parallelogram magnet at the Wiehle Avenue Metro station. That, of course, was one of our biggest worries about the fact that for a while it looked like Phase 2 of the Silver Line, extending from Wiehle to the airport and the particleboard valhallas of eastern Loudoun beyond it, might not get built.
But with the Wiehle station opening late this year and the Reston Town Center station less than a mile down the Toll Road not opening until 2018 at the earliest, it seems likely that we'll get to enjoy at least five years of being the
With that in mind, Reston 2020 Co-Chair Tammi Petrine has a modest proposal. She's asking the county's Reston Master Planning Task Force With an Unprononcable Acronym (∞) to ask the airports authority to ask the contractors to, you know, open the Phase 2 stations as work on each one is completed, instead of waiting until the entire project is finished up. She writes:
If the building of Phase 2 could begin at Wiehle and proceed to west of the Herndon-Monroe station, the next two stations, Reston Town Center and Herndon/Monroe could be built and opened earlier than now forecast. RTC is the town nexus and has the ability to easily provide kiss ‘n ride drop offs as well as bus, bike and pedestrian traffic for the central parts of Reston. Herndon/Monroe has a completed parking garage as well as kiss ‘n ride and multi-model access from both western Reston and Herndon, north and south.That's so crazy, it just might work.
Spreading the entire load of commuters who would be forced to use only the desperately compromised Wiehle station to three stations sooner would spread the traffic burden. In addition, this plan offers developers the opportunity to begin earlier development of all three areas, not just Wiehle alone.