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There will only be temporary parking when the Tysons Corner Silver Line stations open in at the end of the year.
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There will only be temporary parking when the Tysons Corner Silver Line stations open in at the end of the year.

When the first part of the Silver Line Metrorail extension is scheduled to open at the end of the year, there will be five station stops in Fairfax County, but no parking. Plans are already in place to get commuters to those stations on buses.

If you have to drive to the train station to commute to work, it may defeat the purpose of spending billions of dollars on a public transit system. Because there will be no permanent parking lots at the four Silver Line stops in Tysons Corner and one in Reston, county transportation planners are proposing to extend 39 bus routes to take commuters to those stations.

"We are working on some interim parking with several property owners to provide interim parking in Tysons for some period of time until the development occurs," says Tom Biesiadny, director of the Fairfax County Department of Transportation.

He says the enhanced bus service will serve commuters in Reston, Herndon, Tysons, McLean and Vienna. Routes from Reston Town Center to the Wiehle Avenue Station will run every 10 minutes. From the Herndon-Monroe Park & Ride lot, bus service will run every five minutes to the Metrorail station.

Other routes will have less frequent service, according to Christin Wegener, the manager of operations and planning for The Fairfax Connector Bus System.

"The Herndon routes, we are looking at every 30 minutes; the McLean routes every 30 minutes; the Vienna routes will vary between every 15 and 30 minutes," Wegener says.

In the weeks and months before the Silver Line opens, the county will publicize the new bus routes in an effort to keep commuters from driving to Tysons Corner with the idea of trying to park their cars all day long in the mall parking lot.

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