1: Techway Rail Component
Though opposed by NIMBY neighborhood groups, support is building for a "second crossing" of the Potomac to connect the I-270 corridor in Gaithersburg with the Dulles corridor in Reston. Although the focus of the proposal is for a highway, many plans include a rail component.
Please note that while most of lines plotted on these maps are fairly accurate, the Techway right-of-way is almost totally guesswork on the part of BeyondDC.
2: Silver Line / Dulles
Metro or BRT 2010 and Speculated
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA), the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) and WMATA are working together to bring Metro to Tysons Corner, Reston, Dulles and Loudoun County. The Silver Line is, along with the Corridor Cities Transitway in Gaithersburg, the closest to reality of all current proposals. The Draft EIS was completed in summer 2002, with a final decision expected to be made in the near future.
While the current proposal only extends to Route 772 in Loudoun County, BeyondDC speculates that once complete plans will probably begin for an extension to Leesburg, especially considering that Leesburg is by far the densest and most transit-friendly city in Loudoun County.
Click Here for a map of the officially proposed line and its stations, and Here for an inset zoomed in on the Tysons Corner area.
Click Here for the official Dulles Corridor Rapid Transit Project webpage.
3: Route 28 Rail Component
Light Rail 2020
The Master Plan for Route 28 (Sully Road) calls for it to be eventually expanded to 100% limited access (meaning all existing stop lights would become interchanges). Also in the plan is a provision for Light Rail along the median running from Dulles Airport to Manassas Airport with a connection to the Orange Line at Centreville. Also along this route would be a station for the new Air and Space Museum Annex in Chantilly.
4: Orange Line Extension past Vienna
Virginia DOT is currently working on a draft EIS for the I-66 Corridor in Fairfax and Prince William Counties. The study includes a four station extension of the Metro Orange Line past Vienna. The extension would continue to run in the I-66 median and would have stations at Chain Bridge Road, Fair Oaks, Stringfellow Road and Centreville near Routes 28 and 29.
Click Here for the official I-66 Multimodal Transportation and Environmental Study webpage.
5: Purple Line
Metro or Light Rail 2010, 2020 and Speculated
Beltway service in Northern Virginia can be broken down in to three sections:
- North: MTA and Montgomery County are coordinating planning for the first part of a beltway loop transit line that will begin in downtown Bethesda and end in New Carrollton. Once the first phase is complete Virginia plans on connecting to the loop via Tysons Corner and the Orange Line.
- South: Virginia and Maryland are working together to re-build the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. Included in the plan is a proposal for Metro service linking the Eisenhower Avenue and Branch Avenue stations.
- Central: Though not included in any current proposals, once the Northern and Southern beltway components are completed it stands very likely that they'll be connected.
6: Columbia Pike / Route 7
Light Rail 2020 and Speculated
Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation lists a light rail line serving Columbia Pike and Leesburg Pike between the Pentagon and Tysons Corner as a 2020 goal. Little else is known about the project, but BeyondDC speculates that when complete proposals will be made for an extension along southern Leesburg Pike to serve the Seminary, King Street and Old Town neighborhoods of Alexandria.
7: Blue Line Extension past Franconia
Metro 2020 and Speculated
Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation lists an extension of the Blue Line along existing rail right-of-way serving Fort Belvior and Lorton as a 2020 goal. Little else is known about the project, but BeyondDC speculates that when complete proposals will be made for a further extension in to Woodbridge.
8: Route One
Light Rail 2010
Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation lists a light rail line extending from the Metro Huntington station south along US Route 1 serving Hybla Valley, Mount Vernon and Fort Belvoir as a 2010 goal. Little else is known about the project.