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Rosslyn Station Project Hits Half-Way Point

by ARLnow.com February 8, 2012 at 10:35 am 5,578 18 Comments

The Rosslyn Metrorail Station entrance project has crossed the half-way point.

Blasting for the project is now complete, officials say, having resulted in the excavation of more than 11,000 cubic yards of rock over the past 10 months.

The $32.6 million project will add a new entrance to the Rosslyn Metro station, featuring three high-speed elevators and an emergency staircase, but no escalators. The project cost includes the construction of new fare collection and vending equipment, as well as a new kiosk and a new entrance mezzanine.

The entrance will be able to serve up to 2,000 riders per hour. Local leaders have said that they hope the entrance will help keep pace with the station’s soaring ridership, which has increased 23 percent in the past decade and is expected to increase even more with new office and residential development in the area.

The project, which is now 53 percent complete, is on time and on budget, according to the Arlington County Department of Environmental Services. Construction is expected to wrap up in the spring of 2013.

  • Smuckers

    Oh great. 2000 more people clogging up the platforms waiting for delayed trains.

    • Wayne Kubicki

      …and note that’s 2K riders per hour.

      $33M for this – but no increase in capacity of train service into DC.

      • Josh S

        You guys do realize these aren’t necessarily 2,000 new riders? (At least not right away….)

      • Allen Muchnick

        How else could Arlington serve the soaring business at the Artisphere?

  • Virginia

    Why would anyone get on the metro at Rosslyn? You can park at the Ballston mall for like, a buck.

    • Swag

      Uhh, because they live or work there?

      (wtf?)

      • Jennifer

        + wtf

      • Virginia

        Why live there when there are at least 4 more condos being built or opening in Clarendon? And why work there if there’s a new office opening up?

        • drax

          Because you don’t always get to choose where you work?

          Any more goofy questions?

        • Southeast Jerome

          There are 4 condos being built or opening in Clarendon? Really? where?

    • Shaun

      Rosslyn is one of the larger bus depots in Arlington. So, like thousands of people every day, I get on the Metro at Rosslyn because that’s where my bus drops me off.

      • Josh S

        Methinks it may have been an attempt at a joke…..

        • Virginia

          Is it binary on here? Troll or completely oblivious?

          Just trying to fit in.

    • Mr. Clarendon

      Uhm… $1? Think again about that!

  • SimplyDusty

    Shouldn’t they have installed a fourth one so they’ll have three OPERATIONAL elevators?

  • Michael H.

    No escalators = a good thing.

  • Alex

    High speed elevators need a lot more service and care than the slow ones Metro has now. Good luck with that!!

  • Baja

    Next up – Western entrance to the Ballston Metro…in a decade if we’re lucky. @Wayne – Orange line capacity will be increasing 18% (and that’s without additional 8 car trains) with the coming Orange/Blue line realignment during rush hour (though there’s no net change at Rosslyn)

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