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Funding for New Rosslyn Metro Entrance Approved

by ARLnow.com — July 14, 2010 at 7:43 am 2,793 5 Comments

Construction on a new entrance to the Rosslyn Metro station could begin as soon as this fall. Last night the Arlington County Board approved $32.6 million in funding for the project, which will include other safety and access enhancements to the station.

The Rosslyn station, Northern Virginia’s busiest, will be getting three high speed, high-capacity elevators, new fare collection equipment and an underground mezzanine with a dedicated Commuter Store.

The new entrance to the station will be built between North Moore Street and Lynn Street, across the street from the existing Metro entrance. The old station entrance will remain in service even after the new one is completed.

“Arlington is committed to investing in Rosslyn, an evolving commercial and cultural center and a critical transit hub for the County and the region,” County Board Chairman Jay Fisette said in a statement. “The Rosslyn Station project is an important step in a larger effort to revitalize street life in the area and make public improvements to this neighborhood.”

The improvements will be funded by a combination of federal, state and local sources.

See more information on the project from the county’s press release.

  • Jen

    Who’s paying for it?

    • Lou

      A combination of federal, state and local sources. And maybe the Dutch.

  • Joe

    This sounds like a big wasteful pain in the ass for everyone commuting in rosslyn.

  • Greg

    Obviously the County hopes to attract a large developer with the new entrance. I wonder what the County’s share of the $32MM price tag is and how long they expect the return on investment to be (in terms of increased tax revenue).

    Also, putting the commuter store in the station (maybe build it so it is accessible from each side of the gate) is a much better idea than where the stores are now. Does anyone use the Ballston store, which is hidden in a corner of the mall? I’d like to see some numbers justifying its existence.

  • charlie

    the developers of the Water View Development paid the county several million and have built out a hole for the elevator to go into. it was supposed to be done with the building but the county couldn’t find money so it gets done now. so yay, the county is in bed with a developer, again. like the rosslyn station needs more passengers.

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