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You Have Silver Line Questions, Reston Now Has Answers

by Karen Goff — July 24, 2014 at 11:00 am 1,378 1 Comment

Wiehle-Reston East Station/Credit: JDAntos via Twitter

Reston Now put out the call for your Silver Line questions on Monday. We have some answers for you. We regret we could not answer every question, but here are some basics to get you ready for Saturday’s Wiehle-Reston East Station opening.

How long until the first escalator is out of service?

Haha. Don’t know.

Will RIBS4 run directly to the Metro?

Yes, RIBS 4 will go to the station Mondays through Fridays. See additional Silver Line bus info on the Fairfax Connector website.

How will parking be on weekends?

Parking will be free on weekends and lots of spaces will likely be available.

How much is a round trip to the Smithsonian and Wheaton stops?

From Wiehle-Reston East to Smithsonian, it would be $11.80 peak/$7.20 non peak. To Wheaton, it will be the same fare. Calculate all fares on Silver Line Metro’s fare calculator.

Why the Sunday evening cutbacks on the 505? Currently you can catch a 505 to RTC as late as 11 pm. In the new schedule, your last bus will be at 9ish. Am I missing another option to get from Wiehle to RTC on a Sunday late night. 

That’s a good question for Fairfax Connector, which will be holding an online chat Friday from 11:30 to 12:30 p.m.

Will both pedestrian overpasses be open Saturday?

Yes, you will be able to access the station from the South and North sides of the Dulles Toll Road.

Where is the entrance to the parking structure?

There are two entrances, both off of Reston Station Boulevard. The first left (if coming from Wiehle Avenue) into the structure is the premium parking, which will eventually become parking just for Reston Station tenants. Go a few feet farther on Reston Station Boulevard and turn into the main garage entrance.

Will there be Zipcars?

At this time, no. Though at some point in the future there may be.

Is parking at the Wiehle Avenue station free on weekends just like other Metro stations?

Yes.

What will be the cheapest (non-work commuter) return fare to central Washington, and from what time would that be available?

It would cost $3.60 one-way to get to or from most D.C. stations during non-peak hours, which are weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and after 7 p.m.; weekends until midnight.

Photo of Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station by JDAntos via Twitter

  • Constance (Connie) Hartke

    Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station from a casual metro rider.

    The most important thing I learned at Saturday’s Open House is that there are two sides to the underground parking labyrinth – the much-advertised Comstock side and the Fairfax County side. If you made the first turn on Reston Station Blvd into the garage (coming from Wiehle), you parked on the Comstock side, with it’s gold and platinum reserved spots that were free to all this past weekend. You also probably spent a good amount of time searching for the actual metro. It took me 10 minutes and many false leads onto loading docks. Another traveler spotted a distant sign for “elevator” so we followed that crumb westward. When we finally located the 3rd floor elevator banks that looked out over the bus bays below, we felt like pioneers who first spied the Pacific Ocean. I exaggerate, but the good news is those in charge realized the lack of signage and have plans to correct this deficiency!

    I now know that there was an elevator near where I parked – I should have traveled east and the one-bank Comstock elevator would have taken me to the surface level where I could walk the longer stretch to the metro, passing an area with deluxe port-a-potties which I’m told will one day be super nice free restrooms. Definitely a plus!

    To get to the County entrance, which has the buses, Connector Store, Kiss-n-Ride, taxis, bike room, escalator and 2-bank elevator, I should have traveled further west on Reston Station Blvd and turned left at the end of the building where I would have been greeted with the official Metro Park & Ride entrance.

    As an infrequent Metro rider I will use the County side, even though it costs 10 cents more per weekday than the Comstock side. I like the 2 payment options. I can exit with my credit card or with a fare card. On the Comstock side, unless you have bought one of their passes, you must pay at a kiosk before heading to the exit. The County side exit terminals have an easy way to communicate with a central base 24 hours/day, so if you get stuck, you can call for assistance. Parking is free on this side from midnight Friday until 10 a.m. on Monday.

    When I can, I’ll ride the bus from home to the metro. It is fairly simple to figure out choices by going to the trip planner at wmata.com

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