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Speak Out: How High is Too High for Metro Parking?

With new parking options at some Silver Line stations, commuters are finding out how much it'll cost.

McLean Metro Station on the Silver Line in Tysons Corner. Patch File Photo by William Callahan
McLean Metro Station on the Silver Line in Tysons Corner. Patch File Photo by William Callahan

Silver Line commuters found out this week that they’ll be able to park at certain stations when the trains start running next year, but it’s going to come at a price.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors decided Tuesday that commuters will have to pay $4.75 a day to park in the garage at Wiehle-Reston East Station and $65 for monthly passes.

Supervisors have also given the green light to an interim parking lot next to the McLean Metro station on Route 123 in Tysons.

Developer CityLine Partners will construct, own and operate the private pay-lot.

The lot will come at no cost to the county – instead, CityLine will set a rate make their money back collecting fees.

Officials say the rates at the Wiehle-Reston East garage are consistent with Metro’s rates at the county’s other garages. Rates at the McLean station are currently unknown, as CityLine will be able to set them at their discretion, and there’s not yet word on whether they’ll be comparable.

The Reston garage, which is currently under construction, will have 2,300 parking spaces. CityLine’s lot, which they’ll start constructing soon, will have roughly 700 spaces.

Tell us: do you think Metro current rates are too much on top of rising train fares? How much do you think they should be?

Navid Roshan August 05, 2013 at 12:49 PM
Oh Rob Rob Rob, really free rides? Tysons residents pay a special tax for our transportation. How about Reston adds a 10% real estate tax addition, and then I will take you seriously. Secondly, why should those of us living in inner suburbs pay more for metro than you do? You are not paying any different amount of funds than we are, we all live in Fairfax. In fact Tysons residents again are paying higher because the private funds that went to fund phase 1 ultimately will be incorporated into the costs around Tysons. The Silver Line doesn't benefit us Tysons residents nearly as much as it does the outer commuters. Your beef is with the State of Virginia so stop scapegoating those of us that live closer in and don't have to complain about a toll road, and go talk to the state. You are a bully and a cheapskate.
Liz August 06, 2013 at 10:10 AM
Metro takes 2 or 3 times longer than driving, can be very unpleasant, is overpriced, and now the cost of parking is adding to that. Less and less incentive to take metro.
Ray Wedell August 06, 2013 at 10:16 AM
Liz, You just struck on a reality which so many people refuse to acknowledge.
BooBots August 12, 2013 at 11:15 PM
At least have low-cost busses going to the Wiehle Station, from ALL areas of Reston...at ALL times of day that the Metro runs. Unlike now, wherein busses in my area, going into town, cease at 8 am. And, first bus coming back is not until 5 pm. Mid-day, nothing. Makes me have to drive. Hopefully, that will change when Wiehle Station opens.

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