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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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  • Laurie Altman

    Will bicycle parking be available at the south entrance to the station?

    • Karen Goff

      No. Though you probably could lock in a bike rack at office buildings and would not get a ticket.

    • bikeva

      The plan contemplated cyclists being able to walk through the sky bridge to the parking on the north side, so feel free to do that.

    • cosmo

      According to http://silverlinemetro.com/wiehle-reston-east/, there will be bike racks on both sides. The bike room is in the garage on the north side.

    • TeddInReston

      I would suggest parking your bike at the Metro. I work in the buildings on the south side and it is widely known that they will be towing and monitoring the spots 24/7. No sense losing a bike for parking on the wrong side.

    • bikeva

      There is bike parking at the south entrance, but it’s in the open — not undercover like on the north side (secure bike room or unsecure area)

  • Karen Goff

    Been corrected. Too many Sunset Hills’ running through my head. Eventually, the lot by the station may close though.

  • Vwa

    Does the $25 ticket for South side parking apply to weekends, too?

    • TeddinReston

      Yes it does. Parking at the Metro is free on the weekends.

      • TeddinReston

        The lots that do not have the $25 ticket I was just told will be towing 7 days a week. $150 to get your car from towing. I would just park at the Metro… it’s free on the weekends and cheaper during the week.

    • Karen Goff

      That is a very good question. But the garage is free on weekends.

      • Cujo

        I just parked there today (Sunday), and it was not free. The parking attendant told me that it is never free.

        • Karen Goff

          You parked in the private garage. Parking in the county garage is free.

          • Cujo

            Huh. Where is the county garage? From the Wiehle Road entrance, I just followed the very prominent signs for parking. I guess it’s no surprise that they lead to the Comstock pay garage.

          • Reston Metro Rider

            I’m with you, Cujo. I feel screwed as well. I’m going to be very sure NEVER to use the Comstock parking lot again. They seem to be intentionally misleading the public by charging when the rest of Metro parking is free. Their lot didn’t appear to be labeled “Comstock” to me. Had Metro written all over it. Not only that, but the parking garage isn’t layed out very well. The door to the stairs locks when you leave, so if you take the stairs up, you have to take the elevator down, putting you on the wrong side of the garage.

  • Pat Reston

    What time is parking free at Metro in theeveningduring the week?

    • Karen Goff

      I think you still have to pay in evenings.

    • cosmo

      Metro stations charge upon exiting and fees are collected 10:30 am to closing on weekdays.

  • Bob

    If I need to drop something off at the Fed Ex location will they be giving us some sort of ticket to get out of the lot or am I going to have to park several blocks away and then walk into the FedEx office?

  • Victoria Shockey

    So it looks like you can’t drive up to the South entrance to drop someone off? You have to drop then off outside the gates and they have to hike in several blocks? Was hoping to avoid the convoluted Kiss and Ride in the garage. Sigh.

  • dwall

    http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fcdot/bike/wiehlebikeroom.htm

    “The membership cost to use this facility is $75 a year, which includes a one-time $15 non-refundable fee for the security device and application processing. After the first year, users will be charged only $60 a year.”

    Complete rubbish. While a surcharge for the entry fob is perhaps understandable (though I question the need in the first place ~ plenty of people use bike racks in the open air without need for electronic cages), $75 & then $60 per year is not. Get your hands out of my pockets already!

  • Cujo

    I parked there today (Sunday), and weekend parking is NOT free.

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