Tysons, a Northern Virginia Crossroads, Waits Impatiently for the Train
June 24, 2014


It was known as Tysons Corner, a rural crossroads 13 miles from downtown Washington.

Rebranded now, it’s just Tysons, an exploding complex of malls, hotels and office towers that is soon to welcome an 11.7-mile extension of the regional Metro rail system to further accelerate and concentrate growth.

Though the extension is called the Silver Line, planners and developers see it as golden, opening up new possibilities for transit-oriented development in this regional shopping hub in Fairfax County, Va.

Yet it has been a dream repeatedly deferred. Two Silver Line festivals scheduled for this spring were canceled, as trains underwent further testing and problems were worked out. Silver Line service is now scheduled to begin July 26, barring any unforeseen problems...

“It’s not going to be what it wants to be for many years,” said William P. Quinby, co-regional manager and executive vice president of Savills Studley, an international real estate firm with offices in Tysons. “But the trains are on the track, and it’s starting to take shape.”

Tysons, a Northern Virginia Crossroads, Waits Impatiently for the Train




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