Monday, April 22, 2013

RCA Thanks Supervisor Hudgins for Work on Wiehle Station Access

At their April meeting, the RCA Board of Directors approved a letter to Hunter Mill Supervisor Cathy Hudgins, thanking her for her recent action to improve access to the Wiehle Metro station. The text of the letter follows.

Dear Supervisor Hudgins:

On behalf of the Reston Citizens Association, I would like to thank you for your recent actions to foster improved access to the Silver Line at the Wiehle – Reston East station.  Like most Restonians, we are enthusiastic about the impending arrival of the Silver Line, and we are hopeful that your attention to the issue of station access will allow us to maximize our investment in mass transit.

In particular, we are pleased with the following action items you have brought to the Board of Supervisors that will help Restonians take advantage of Metro:

  • A request for $2.2 million for improved and expanded bus service to the Wiehle – Reston East station, as well as a continuation of bus service to the Pentagon and Crystal City
  • Endorsement by the Board of the need to improve access to the station from the south side
  • Direction to the Department of Transportation to expedite planning for the construction of the Soapstone crossing 
These measures are consistent with the recommendations in RCA’s Feburary 2013 report, Wiehle Metro Station Access: Congestion Ahead.  We believe that your action will alleviate some of the problems we foresaw and improve the ability of Restonians to use the Silver Line.  I hope that you will review our report and push for the implementation of our other recommendations.  Facilitating access to the station is crucial to ensuring the success of the Silver Line and the quality of life in Reston.

Thank you again for your service and your action on behalf of the citizens of Reston.  If there is any way that I or RCA can be of service in ensuring that these access improvements are implemented, please do not hesitate to ask.


Colin Mills
President, Reston Citizens Association

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