The Vienna Town Council reaf firmed its support this week of a Tyson's Corner Metro terminal in the median strip of the Dulles Access road at Spring Hill Road instead of the Vienna terminal planned at Nutley Road and I-66, just outside the town limits.
A Tyson's terminal, which has been mentioned as a possibility by a regional task force, would involve a realignment of the Orange Line now planned to run from Rosslyn to Vienna.
The council stated its preference for the Spring Hill site Dec. 19, but in response to protests from townspeople, held a public hearing two weeks ago and voted to reconsider its decision. At that meeting the majority of the speakers and the audience supported the Nutley Road terminal and were in opposition to the council's previous decision.
In this week's discussion, council members acknowledged that the town was widely divided on the issue. All the council members object to the terminal at Nutley Road because they say it will bring congestion into what is now a residential neighborhood. They have said they would prefer a metro line extending west to Centreville with just a stop at Nutley Road, but Metro has no plans for such an extension at this time.
On the resolution favoring the Spring Hill Road site, moved by Wanda Pellicciotto, the final vote was 3 to 1, withone abstention. Raymond Hicks and Donald E. Upchurch were absent. However, Hicks sent a letter, read into the record, in opposition to the Nutley Road site.
The town's recommnedation will be sent to the county for consideration in their recommendation to the Council of Governments, the COG Transportation Planning Board and the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority, which will make the final decision in the matter.