The Connections Newspapers reported on a recent public hearing at Herndon High School regarding the proposed Silver Line station at the current Monroe Park and Ride. Changes are needed to meet environmental concerns and to lower project costs. Most changes affect the south side of the station on the Oak Hill side. Since Loudoun County still has not agreed to fund its share of the project, these plans have no guarantee of moving to fruition.
For the proposed Herndon-Monroe station changes, they will all occur on the south side of the Dulles Toll Road. The facilities were modified to include a single parking structure on the west side of the station, instead of the previously planned two structures.
“The total number of new parking spaces will remain the same, 1,750, but because the new structure would accommodate more parking, it has a larger footprint and will be slightly taller,” Rohrer said.
Other changes along Phase Two include reconfiguration of station entrances, access roadways and bus facilities, location of storm water management facilities and traction power substations and a reduction in tail track length.
Rohrer said that none of the changes would involve neighborhoods, park and recreation areas, geologic resources or air quality.
Read the full article.
This week the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors confirmed that Fairfax County will fund its share of phase two of the Silver Line. This includes planned stations at the Herndon/Monroe Park and Ride. The project includes all the stations between Wiehle Avenue and Dulles Airport. Construction for this phase will start next year.
Even better news: the cost of the extension is $1 billion less than a previous estimate. Much of the money is not being funded by Fairfax County directly, but by special voluntary tax districts along the Silver Line. Read the entire news release.
Oh, and the new name of the station: nothing with Oak Hill in its name, simply Herndon. Read that release and the names of all these stations too.
The Fairfax News has bad news for commuters who park at the Herndon-Monroe Park and Ride. You might want to arrive a little earlier after next weekend.
Sections of garage will close March 31 through approximately September 1 as part of a maintenance project.
The project consists of four phases:
- Each phase consists of a section that includes all levels of the garage
- Approximately 450 of the 1,745 parking spaces will be unavailable during each phase
- As phases are completed, affected spaces will reopen and the next phase will close
- Each phase will take about six weeks to complete
- Customers will be notified when a new phase is underway
The Connection Newspapers reports that the Town of Herndon unanimously passed a plan for development near the metro station planned for the Herndon-Monroe Park and Ride:
THE PLAN’S GOAL is to create a metro station area that will incentivize transit-oriented development, include a strong residential component, identify the uniqueness of the town, give the town a positive return on its economic investment and increase the town ‘s tax base.
It calls for an increase in the amount of density allowed, a revised street network map that will include an extension of Worldgate Drive and other changes.
“There is an intention in the plan that the buildings will be of the highest quality office space, and that there will be vastly improved pedestrian and bicycle amenities near the Metrorail station,” said Kay Robertson, senior project planner with the town.