Tysons Tries Again

Tysons Corner is a 1700-acre enclave in Fairfax County, Virginia that has been described as a "suburb on steroids." Although the area contains a large amount of office and retail space, it has comparatively little residential area, and offers no urban structure such as a street grid and civic buildings. Approximately 95% of trips in the area are made by automobile. This article describes how planners are hoping that an extension of the metrorail line and four new metrorail stations in the area can be used as a catalyst for more transit-oriented development in Tysons Corner. The current plan is to consider the area as eight different places, each with different attributes and challenges. About half of the land area will not be within easy walking distance of the metro. This area, broken into four districts, will be considered a transition zone leading to outlying residential neighborhoods. A system of buses will connect these transition areas to the metro stations. The most intensive new development will occur is the other four districts, all within a half-mile of the proposed metro stations. After an extensive process to draft a blueprint for redevelopment, a 28-acre demonstration project abutting the site of the most western of the future Metro stations has been approved.


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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 16-19
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  • Accession Number: 01150996
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 28 2010 9:31PM