The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors voted yesterday (Tuesday) to approve the first agreement for an interim commuter parking lot serving a Tysons Metrorail station. The 711-space surface parking lot will be located next to the McLean Station, at Dolley Madison Boulevard between Anderson Road and Colshire Boulevard. The existing vacant building on the lot will be razed.
The new facility is expected to be operational at the opening of Metrorailâ€™s Silver Line service, currently estimated for early 2014.
In 2010, the board approved Supervisor John Foustâ€™s follow-on motion to the Tysons Comprehensive Plan, calling on county planners to identify commuter parking opportunities for the next 10-15 years in Tysons. The proposal by Cityline Partners was in response to the Request for Interest (RFI) the Board of Supervisors released in November 2012, allowing interested developers to construct privately-run commuter lots in Tysons.
â€œThis type of agreement is exactly what Dranesville residents need and what I have been calling for,â€ said Supervisor Foust. â€œIt will maximize Metro ridership but, equally important, interim parking will allow nearby residents to take advantage of Metro. I want to thank Cityline Partners for its cooperation and efforts to help make this happen.â€
The following conditions are a part of the Cityline Partners commuter parking lot agreement:
- The owner will pay all costs associated with construction, maintenance and operation of the interim Metrorail parking lot.
- The owner will determine what fees to charge for parking and will retain all fees collected.
- All parking spaces provided will be made available for commuter parking at a minimum, from 5 a.m. until 8 p.m., Monday through Friday. (The requirement does not preclude Cityline Partners from also providing later weeknight hours and weekend parking.)
The agreement will last for a period of ten years but can be terminated by either party with 60 days written notice.
Land owners near other Metro stations have also expressed interest in providing parking. The board will consider future applications as they are received.