Silver Line Passengers: Don’t Park Here

by Karen Goff July 24, 2014 at 1:00 pm 1,832 22 Comments

No parking in office lots near South entrance to Wiehle-Reston East

While riders can access the new Wiehle-Reston East Metro stop from spots both South and North of the Dulles Toll Road, it would be wise to park only in the garage at Reston Station.

Anywhere else and you might be ticketed or towed. The South entrance is meant to be a pedestrian entrance.

Officials for Vornado, which owns several of the office buildings on the South side of the toll road off Commerce Park Drive and Association Drive, were busy on Wednesday installing signage and card gates to ensure the parking lots and garages remain for office park use only.

Metro riders who park in the office lots will receive a $25 ticket, Vornado says. Employees now have hangtags for their cars and key cards to get through the gates.

Not all of the lots in the complex have key card access as there needs to be visitor access for retailers and businesses. But there is plenty of signage reminding drivers that it is private property and violators can be towed.

A few blocks from Wiehle-Reston East, residents of one Reston neighborhood successfully petitioned the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors last year to become a no-parking zone. A permit is now required to park on Great Meadow neighborhood off Sunrise Valley Drive just south of Wiehle Avenue. Violators risk having their vehicles towed and a $75 fine.

Wiehle-Reston East is the only one of the five Silver Line Phase 1 stations with parking. At Tysons Corner, where there is no parking, mall officials are also trying to ensure the mall’s 12,000 parking spaces remain for shoppers.

The mall is installing gates to keep early-morning commuters out of garages and lots, the Washington Business Journal reports. The gates will go up when the mall opens. Parking remains free.

There are 2,300 public parking spots at Wiehle-Reston East, as well as 1,000 private spots owned by developer Comstock. Weekday parking is $4.85 a day. Weekend parking is free.

There are also bus lanes, kiss-and-ride lanes and bike parking at Wiehle-Reston East.

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