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Vienna/Fairfax–GMU station

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Vienna is a Washington Metro station in Fairfax County, Virginia, on the Orange Line The station is in Oakton, in the median of Interstate 66 at Nutley Street Virginia State Route 243, with a postal address in Fairfax City

The station can be accessed from I-66 without merging onto Nutley Street by a series of ramps that transport commuters to the station's north and south side parking complexes From the parking areas, riders use elevated walkways that bridge the east and westbound lanes of I-66 to reach the platform and mezzanine The station provides easy access to the nearby Town of Vienna, the City of Fairfax, and the main campus of George Mason University Service began on June 7, 1986


  • 1 Station layout
  • 2 History
  • 3 Transit-oriented development
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

Station layout

Platform level
Eastbound → toward New Carrollton Dunn Loring
← alighting passengers only
Island platform, doors will open on the left or right
Eastbound → toward New Carrollton Dunn Loring
← alighting passengers only
M Mezzanine One-way faregates, ticket machines, station agent
G Street level Exit/entrance


Although originally identified as the western terminus of the Orange Line in the 1968 plan, by 1978 Fairfax County was debating whether the initial terminus should be at the Vienna location or at another location in Tysons Corner[2] After much public debate and public comment, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors endorsed the Vienna routing The endorsement was made after determining it would cost an additional $59 million and take another five years to complete the line to Tysons[2] Metro service to Tysons Corner would be established, with the 2014 opening of the Silver Line

The groundbreaking for the station took place on September 8, 1982[3] At the time, the final facility was to have cost $176 million with parking for 2,000 vehicles[3] After nearly four years of construction, the station opened on June 7, 1986, as the western terminus of the Orange Line[4] Its opening coincided with the completion of 91 miles 146 km of rail from the Ballston station and the opening of the East Falls Church, West Falls Church, and Dunn Loring stations[4]

By 1993, officials in Fairfax City were looking to add "Fairfax" to the station name[5] In March 1999, the station name was changed to Vienna/Fairfax–GMU[6] The station reverted to its original name on November 3, 2011, with "Fairfax–GMU" as a subtitle[7]

In May 2018, Metro announced an extensive renovation of platforms at twenty stations across the system The platforms at the Vienna station would be rebuilt starting in mid-2020[8]

Transit-oriented development

In line with high-density development, the Fairlee Metro-West project aims to increase the housing density around the Vienna station from 60 single family homes to 2,250 condominiums and townhouses This development has been controversial, as many Orange Line commuters believe the system will be pushed beyond capacity at rush hours as a result[9] As of May 2009, the project is under construction[10]


  1. ^ "Metrorail Average Weekday Passenger Boardings" PDF Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority May 2017 Retrieved February 17, 2018mw-parser-output citecitationmw-parser-output citation qmw-parser-output id-lock-free a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-free amw-parser-output id-lock-limited a,mw-parser-output id-lock-registration a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-limited a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-registration amw-parser-output id-lock-subscription a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-subscription amw-parser-output cs1-subscription,mw-parser-output cs1-registrationmw-parser-output cs1-subscription span,mw-parser-output cs1-registration spanmw-parser-output cs1-ws-icon amw-parser-output codecs1-codemw-parser-output cs1-hidden-errormw-parser-output cs1-visible-errormw-parser-output cs1-maintmw-parser-output cs1-subscription,mw-parser-output cs1-registration,mw-parser-output cs1-formatmw-parser-output cs1-kern-left,mw-parser-output cs1-kern-wl-leftmw-parser-output cs1-kern-right,mw-parser-output cs1-kern-wl-right
  2. ^ a b Locke, Maggie April 25, 1978, "Fairfax Board Votes Metro Line for Vienna", The Washington Post, p C1
  3. ^ a b Hodge, Paul September 15, 1981, "Ceremonies Mark Start Of Work At Metro's Orange Line Station In Vienna", The Washington Post, p VA 1
  4. ^ a b Lynton, Stephen J June 8, 1986, "91 More Miles For Metrorail", The Washington Post, p C1
  5. ^ Shear, Michael D August 26, 1993, "Angling To Get on Metro Map; Merrifield, Fairfax City Want Stations Renamed", The Washington Post, p V1
  6. ^ Reid, Alice May 5, 1999, "All Aboard on Station Names", The Washington Post, p B1
  7. ^ "Station names updated for new map" Press release Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority November 3, 2011 Retrieved November 5, 2011
  8. ^ "Metro wants to rebuild 20 station platforms over three years, creating SafeTrack-like disruptions" Washington Post May 7, 2018 Retrieved February 19, 2019
  9. ^ Shaffer, Ron February 27, 2006 "Live Discussion with Post columnist Robert Thomson" The Washington Post Retrieved November 11, 2014
  10. ^ Gardner, Amy May 21, 2009, "For More Riders, 'the Bus Is Beautiful'", The Washington Post, pp V1

External links

  • WMATA: Vienna Station
  • StationMasters Online: Vienna Station

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