Burke Centre VRE Station Parking Garage Ribbon-Cutting to be Held June 28
June 25, 2008
- New garage increases commuter parking capacity — close to 1,300 garage spaces and 225 surface spaces.
- Part of the Board of Supervisors’ First Four-Year Transportation Plan.
Community involved in garage design process; architecture features
brick facades and clock tower.
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors invites area residents to a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Burke Centre Virginia Railway Express (VRE) Station Parking Garage on Saturday, June 28, at 1 p.m. The site is located at 10399 Premier Court, Burke. Speakers will include Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerald E. Connolly and Braddock District Supervisor Sharon Bulova.
The new garage, with close to 1,300 garage spaces and 225 surface spaces, will offer Burke commuters increased parking capacity.
“The community was involved in the garage design process, and I’m happy that we were able to make their vision a reality,” said Bulova. “It’s a beautiful facility where the community can connect to the region’s transportation network through VRE.”
The parking garage was part of the Board of Supervisors’ First Four-Year Transportation Plan. The $28.8 million project was federally funded through the Congestion Management and Air Quality (CMAQ) program and other federal funds. The design was a coordinated effort among federal agencies, Fairfax County, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), VRE, the local Burke Centre community and commuters.
“As the demand for transportation alternatives continues to grow, we are pleased that more commuters can be accommodated at the Burke Centre VRE Station,” said Fairfax County Department of Transportation Director Kathy Ichter.
The new garage provides a covered walkway to the train platform, elevators and stairways, and pedestrian and accessible amenities. The architecture features brick facades, decorative planters and a clock tower that was designed by retired engineer Sam DiBartolo, a Burke Centre resident and member of the Burke Centre VRE Parking Garage Community Task Force. In addition to the new parking garage, the Burke Centre VRE Station will have a designated bus loop, kiss-and-ride drop-off area and bus shelters when construction is completed this fall. The project design and construction was managed by the Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services.
The Burke Centre VRE Station is served by Metrobus and EZ Bus, which continued to operate during construction. Additional shuttle service, which ran between the station and temporary offsite parking locations at the new Burke Centre Library and St. Mary of Sorrows Catholic Church, is no longer operating.
Light refreshments will be served at the ceremony, which will be held rain or shine. For information about the ribbon-cutting ceremony, contact the Braddock District Office at 703-425-9300, TTY 711.
Information on the nearby Burke Centre Library ribbon-cutting at 11 a.m. is available online.
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