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Fairfax County suggests names for Metro Silver Line stations

Fairfax County’s Department of Transportation has suggested names for the eight stations in the county that will be part of Metro’s new Silver Line.

The 23 miles of new rail will run through Fairfax County and eventually into Loudoun County. The first part of the project is under construction and expected to be done in August 2013. Construction on the second phase is expected to start in January 2013.

A westward facing view of the Dulles Toll Road from the Wiehle Avenue overpass where the Silver Line of the Metro is being extended to Dulles. (Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post)

Metro got more than 16,200 responses on the naming of the stations — 47 percent of people lived in Fairfax County. (Read the recommendations after the jump.)

FDOT staff recommended the following names:

*Tysons East would be called McLean.

*Tysons Central 123 would be called Tysons Corner.

*Tysons Central 7 would be called Greensboro Park is an office park near Route 7, Route 123 and International and Westpark drives.

*Tysons West would be Spring Hill.

*Wiehle Avenue would be Wiehle-Reston East.

*Reston Parkway would be Reston Town Center.

*Herndon-Monroe would be Herndon.

*Route 28 would be Innovation, named after Innovation Road which is an existing road just north of the station.

Dan Stessel, Metro chief spokesman, said the survey results were provided to Fairfax County. The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors is expected to pass a resolution Tuesday with name recommendations. The final vote on the station names then goes to the Metro board of directors, and the Metro board is likely to decide later this spring.

The naming process has been a long one.

At one point, there were suggestions to name several of the stations with the word Tysons in them. But Metro officials said that would be too repetitive and confusing.

Fairfax County transportation officials also held four public meetings, an online chat and took input on a Web site for suggestions on names.

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Dana Hedgpeth is a Post reporter, working the early morning, reporting on traffic, crime and other local issues.



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