Board of Supervisors Approves Proposed Silver Line Station Names


April 10, 2012

Highlights

  • Eight station names were chosen based on a public input—including an online survey, an online chat, and four public meetings—and Metro's naming policy.
  • Metro's policy requires names to be relevant, brief, unique and evocative.
  • Fairfax's proposed names will go to the Metro board for final review, approval and adoption. 

Today, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved the recommended names for the eight Silver Line stations in the county. These names will be sent to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s board for final approval and adoption.

The approved names and station locations are:

  • McLean (1824 Dolley Madison Boulevard)
  • Tysons Corner (1943 Chain Bridge Road)
  • Greensboro (8305 Leesburg Pike)
  • Spring Hill (1576 Spring Hill Road)
  • Wiehle-Reston East (1862 Wiehle Avenue, Reston)
  • Reston Town Center (Near the intersection of Route 267 and Reston Parkway)
  • Herndon  (Near the intersection of Route 267 and Monroe Street)
  • Innovation Center (Near the intersection of Route 267, Route 28 and Innovation Avenue)

County transportation officials developed these names based on public input and Metro’s policy for station names. To get feedback, the county conducted four public meetings and an online chat, and Metro conducted an online survey in cooperation with the county.

As a result of this feedback, officials determined that non-repetitive names were more popular and helpful to riders. To learn more about the survey results and process for determining the names, read this report (PDF).

Metro requires that station names be:

  • Relevant: Identify station locations by geographical features, centers of activity or be derived from the names of cities, communities, neighborhoods or landmarks within one-half mile (walking distance) of the station
  • Brief: Limited to 19 characters with spaces and punctuation, including both primary and secondary names
  • Unique: Distinctive and not easily confused with other station names; and
  • Evocative: Evoke imagery in the mind of the patron.

The Board of Supervisors previously recommended names to Metro last March. However, the transit agency’s board rejected six out of the eight proposed names as repetitive, confusing or not distinctive.

The Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project is being built in two phases with a total of 11 stations. The first phase includes four stations in Tysons Corner, plus a station at Wiehle Avenue in Reston, with construction expected to be completed in late 2013.The rail project’s second phase runs from Wiehle Avenue in Fairfax County to Route 772 in Loudoun County with a station at Dulles Airport. The second phase of the project is estimated to be completed in 2017.

The Board of Supervisors today also confirmed the county’s participation in Phase 2 of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project.

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