Potomac Yard Metrorail Station in Alexandria Takes ANOTHER Leap Forward

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Potomac Yard Metrorail Station Alternatives (courtesy image)

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Board of Directors have approved a public hearing on the proposed Potomac Yard Metro Station in Alexandria (PDF). The upcoming hearing will be on Monday, April 27, 2015 at 6:30 PM at the Cora Kelley Recreation Center, located at 25 West Reed Avenue in the Arlandria neighborhood of Alexandria.

As readers know, this hearing is required as part of the review process for the new Potomac Yard Metro Station to the Metro system. And as readers know, the City of Alexandria has prepared a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for this new station. This EIS is currently being reviewed by the Federal Transit Authority (FTA) as well as the National Park Service (NPS). This review is ongoing as the project may impact NPS land. As the process moves forward, following the public hearing, the City of Alexandria will select a ‘Locally Preferred Alternative’ (LPA). This LPA also has to go through a process as well. The City has to create a staff report off of the chosen LPA to show how  public comments are addressed, include further design and refinement of the project to minimize community and environmental impacts, identify impacts of the preferred alternative, and describe measures for avoiding, minimizing, or mitigating adverse impacts.

The public has the opportunity to comment on the environmental analysis. Comments received during this period can help to identify changes to alternatives that may mitigate adverse effects. The public comment period closes on May 8.

If you can’t make it to the public hearing on April 27, you can submit them by email.

To submit your comments on this new station for Alexandria by mail, send them to:

Potomac Yard Metrorail Station
P.O. Box 16531
Alexandria, VA 22302

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As an impartial Alexandria resident, I like Alternative B the most. While Alternative A would be most accessible to residents of Potomac Greens, B will still provide them access across the tracks to the Potomac Yard area. Additionally, Alternative B will provide more equitable access to the planned development on both the north side (North Potomac Yard) and south side (Landbay G) of South Glebe Road.

Attention should be paid to proper integration of the Potomac Yard Station (presumed station name) and the Metroway bus system,