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The Silver Line receives eight Fairfax-approved station names

April 10, 2012 - 12:40 PM
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Workers prepare for the Silver Line. (Photo: WMATA)

Begin picturing the new Virginia Metro stations: Greensboro, Spring Hill, McLean.... Get used to the names.

Fairfax County has approved eight station names for the proposed Silver Line, a 23-mile stretch of Metro that will connect Dulles with Tysons, after public surveys and much discussion. Recall that survey? 16,231 people responded, according to a report. Here's the eight new station names along with their locations:

• McLean (1824 Dolley Madison Boulevard)

• Tysons Corner (1943 Chain Bridge Road)

• Greensboro (8305 Leesburg Pike)

• Spring Hill (1576 Spring Hill Road)

• Wiehle-Reston East (1862 Wiehle Avenue, Reston)

• Reston Town Center (Near the intersection of Route 267 and Reston Parkway)

• Herndon (Near the intersection of Route 267 and Monroe Street)

• Innovation Center (Near the intersection of Route 267, Route 28 and Innovation Avenue)

WMATA still has the final say and will have to green-light them. But breathe in the new station names. They're a good step closer to final now upon approval from the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, even though their first batch of suggested names were rejected as confusing and repetitive last year. The Silver Line has struggled with funding but hopes to complete its first phase in late 2013 and second by 2017. The project calls for several billions of dollars, and this morning the Post alludes to challenges in funding the line's second phase. Eight of its 11 proposed Metro stations are located in Fairfax County. 

Next stop: Innovation Center? Perhaps before we know it.

Update, 2:11 p.m., April 12: WMATA has just confirmed the names at this afternoon's meeting! Officials laughed as they said the naming confirmation went through in "record time" with little debate or dissension about these new station name candidates on the table.

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