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Herndon Metro Station Garage Groundbreaking Set for This Month

by Jennifer van der Kleut — November 17, 2016 at 11:10 am 8 Comments

Rendering of future Herndon Metro Station parking garage (Image courtesy of Fairfax County)Fairfax County officials later this month are slated to officially break ground for a $44.5 million parking garage for the future Herndon Metro station.

Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova and other local officials are slated to join in the groundbreaking ceremony at Herndon-Monroe Park and Ride Lot (12530 Sunrise Valley Drive) Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 1 p.m. Construction is expected to end by spring 2019.

“The 2,007-space parking facility is designed to assist in reducing congestion on Northern Virginia roadways by creating additional opportunities for ridesharing and the use of public transit,” county officials said in an announcement Tuesday.

The future Herndon Metro Silver Line Station will serve riders at ground level in the median on the Dulles Toll Road and will serve the existing Herndon-Monroe Park and Ride, with access from both sides of the road. Phase 1 of construction on the Metro station is already underway, and Phase 2 is expected to wind up at some point in the next five years, according to Metro officials.Location of future Herndon Metro station parking garage (Photo courtesy of Google Maps/Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project)

Key features of the project will include a pedestrian bridge leading from the new garage to the future Metro station, as well as connections for both cars and pedestrians to the existing Herndon-Monroe Park and Ride lot, which contains 1,745 parking spaces.

The new garage also will have secure bicycle storage facilities, a spot for bus pick-offs and drop-offs and a “kiss-and-ride” area.

Herndon Mayor Lisa Merkel said the town is excited to see progress on the future Metro station and parking facilities. Merkel, just re-elected for a third term as mayor this month, said the town has worked hard with state and county officials to prepare for the Silver Line to come to Herndon.

“Herndon will benefit greatly from Metro’s arrival and [the town] is working on infrastructure improvements necessary within the town limits for the Herndon Station,” Merkel said on Thursday. “And we are proud of the work we’ve done to secure funding from the state and other sources so that the burden doesn’t fall solely on our taxpayers.”

Images courtesy of Fairfax County and Google Maps/Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project

  • Jay

    I wonder, will the County own this one, or will WMATA? I hope it is the County, as WMATA is looking to privatize its own garages as it looks under the couch cushions for money.

    The RFP for the privatization left out the garage at Wiehle-Reston, because it is a county-owned lot.

    • cosmo

      I don’t think WMATA will own/operate any of the garages on the Silver Line. Loudoun will build/operate theirs, just as Fairfax did with Wiehle. I believe WMATA collects the parking fees but I’m not sure how that all works out.

  • CE

    I know your new here but that garage is technically in still Reston not Herndon. Just to be forthcoming.

  • CE

    According to Google maps the entire metro station is also in Reston not Herndon. I recall this being discussed when Metro was in the naming process.

  • Scott H

    Before breaking ground, maybe the county should ask WMATA if they plan to cut service to the Herndon stop before the 2nd phase even opens. Less trains = less riders = less parking revenue = another bad investment to support suburban rail.

  • Pat

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  • Pat

    Is this parking garage in addition to the one already there or is it in place of the one there?

    I agree the Metro Station is in Reston.

  • LiliKang

    To answer some of the questions, there will be two garages instead of one and it will be owned by the county but overseen by WMATA. I still get a little huffy sometimes too that it was named Herndon but the whole thing is in Reston. They get the name, we get the traffic since there will be no parking on the Herndon side of the toll road. Now that construction has started, I just want the thing done.

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