2nd Rosslyn Metro station entrance expected to win Arlington board's approval

An additional entrance to the Rosslyn Metro station would reduce congestion. The project is expected to cost about $36 million.
An additional entrance to the Rosslyn Metro station would reduce congestion. The project is expected to cost about $36 million. (Post)
By Christy Goodman
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, July 10, 2010

Funding for a nearly $36 million new entrance to the Rosslyn Metro station is expected to be approved by the Arlington County Board at its Saturday meeting.

The additional station entrance would be on the west side of North Moore Street. The project includes building an underground mezzanine, an emergency stairwell, and three high-speed, high-capacity escalators and could begin this fall if the contract is approved. If residents press to discuss the project further, the action could be delayed until Tuesday.

"While it is going to serve the new demand caused by the new development when that occurs, there is a need for this project now," said Stephen Del Giudice, Arlington's transit bureau chief. "Rosslyn is one of the busiest stations" in the Metro system, he said.

About 16,940 boardings were counted by Metro officials at Rosslyn station on an average weekday in May 2009. A 2002 study forecast that Metrorail ridership there would grow to 22,000 by 2020, Metro spokeswoman Angela Gates said in a statement.

Three of the area's tallest buildings are planned for Rosslyn, including a 390-foot skyscraper at 1812 North Moore St. JBG Companies' Central Place is set to have 1 million square feet of residential, office and retail space as well as a public observation deck in two all-glass towers.

"These elevators are planned to handle the bulk of the traffic. They are much nicer and much faster" than the existing entrance escalators, said Andrew VanHorn, vice president for development at JBG Cos.

Central Place construction, delayed since 2008 because of the economy, should be back on track within two years, VanHorn said. Construction of one of the buildings would overlap with the 30-month Metro station schedule, but developments will be coordinated among Metro, the county and JBG.

The extensive project, which includes tunneling and excavating bedrock, Del Giudice said, is one of the first major investments made possible by the county's Transportation Investment Fund, paid for with commercial real estate taxes. The county also has secured federal funding and expects reimbursements from state and new construction fees.

The station will remain open throughout construction "with minor adjustments," Gates said.

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