Board of Supervisors Approves Interim Commuter Parking Lot at McLean Metro Station
July 30, 2013
For up to the next 10 years at least, Silver Line riders will be able to park their cars next to the McLean Metro Station when it opens.
Today, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisor ratified an agreement with developer CityLine to provide an interim, commuter parking lot. Located at 1820 Dolley Madison Boulevard, this surface, pay lot will offer about 711 spaces.
The deal comes at no cost to the county because the developer will build, own, run and maintain the lot.
“The areas surrounding the new Tysons Metro stations are undergoing considerable changes and will continue to evolve for years to come,” Fairfax County Chairman Sharon Bulova stated. “Eventually Tysons will be a transit-oriented, walkable community with circulator bus systems serving the stations. In the meantime, however, neighbors of Tysons who wish to take advantage of the new rail stations may need a place to park in order to take the train. CityLine’s interim parking project is a ‘bridge’ solution, designed to encourage ridership on the Silver Line during its early years as development in and around Tysons is filling in.”
As part of the agreement, the public will be able to park in this privately-run lot on weekdays between 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. At any other time, CityLine may use the lot for other purposes.
Although the contract doesn’t cover whether the lot will be open to the public on weekends, Cityline will look into this option after the lot opens for business, and it may allow weekend parking.
Of the total number of spaces, up to 10 percent may be set aside for commuters who pay for reserved parking, and up to another 10 percent may be dedicated for car-sharing services. Like Metro’s lots, the reserved commuter spaces will be open for anyone to park in after 10 a.m.
CityLine will set parking rates and keep money it collects. It also will manage the lot. This includes enforcing parking rules, removing trash and snow and providing signs and lighting.
The new lot will be built at the site of the Cleveland Building, which was part of the old West*Gate office park. CityLine will tear down this three-story office and expand the existing 293-space parking lot next to the building, adding another 418 spaces.
As part of terms, the contract is a 10 year deal with an option for either party to end it, although the county agreed not to do so for five years unless the contract is breached. Long term, however, CityLine plans to redevelop the entire nine-plus acre site. It has proposed up 1.8 million square feet of new construction called Scotts Run North. It would sit directly across the road from CityLine’s recently approved Scotts Run South project.
Besides the interim parking lot, Fairfax County has taken other steps to make it easy for people to get to the Silver Line stations. In June, the board gave the green light to three, new circulating bus routes in Tysons that will take riders to the Greensboro, Tysons Corner and Spring Hill Metro Stations. These new lines will be up and running when the new rail line opens.
Fairfax Connector also offers three express bus routes that run from Burke, Lorton and Springfield to Tysons. This service is already operational, and the buses will stop at the four Silver Line stops in Tysons when they open.
Additionally, the county will open a 2,300-space underground parking garage at the Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station. This public garage, which will be owned and operated by the county, will open when Silver Line service begins.
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