Ballston-MU Metrorail station
Engineering began in September 2014. The project is currently at 90% design. Construction is anticipated to begin in late summer 2016.
- The 90% design plans were presented to the community at an Open House on Dec. 16. Take a look at the open house presentation.
New shuttle bus stops
In July 2015 the County created three new pick up/drop off locations for shuttle buses at the Ballston Metrorail station. This is the first improvement of what will be a major upgrade to all above ground transportation facilities and the public plaza areas at the station, currently being designed as part of the Ballston Multimodal project.
The new shuttle stops will improve overall bus service for the station and increase safety for shuttle bus passengers, drivers and the vehicles themselves. New shelters and benches are proposed for these stops in the near future.
About the Project
Arlington and Metro initiated a conceptual study in 2010 to improve the Ballston-MU Metrorail plaza and the operation of nearby streets. Although the Metro station area is active and provides many transportation options, these very conditions - in their current configuration - diminish safety and circulation.
Today, the plaza has aging, crowded bus shelters; congested bus bays; crowded sidewalks and public spaces; dated furnishings and landscaping; no Kiss-and-Ride location; no dedicated shuttle bus location; and a lack of wayfinding signage.
The Ballston Station Multimodal Study identifies, analyzes and recommends enhancements that will encourage safer and smoother pedestrian and transit circulation as well as improve the design of the plaza for all users.
- Increase traffic safety - decrease conflicts between buses and pedestrians, improve bike safety
- Improve transit circulation around the station - decrease the number of buses parked in non-bus spaces, improve the management of curbside operations
- Improve access and facilities for all users - enhance bus passenger amenities
- Enhance the design and increase the use of public spaces - increase the viability of retail, maximize green space and increase user comfort
- Provide sustainable infrastructure - enhance the attractiveness of transportation choices; provide for low-impact development, where possible
- Additional bus bays
- New, modern furniture and bus shelters
- Real-time bus information at bus stops
- Expanded bus customer seating
- Additional bike parking
- Expanded public space on Fairfax Drive
- Dedicated Kiss-and-Ride curbspace
- Dedicated shuttle bus curbspace and bus shelter
- Improved aesthetics
- Improved wayfinding signage
|Dec. 16, 2015||Public Open House at NRECA, 4301 Wilson Blvd.||90% Design presentation|
|Feb. 9, 2015||Technical Committee meeting||30% Design Review presentation|
|Dec. 17, 2014||Project update at Bluemont Civic Association meeting|
|Nov. 19, 2014||Technical Committee meeting||County presentation|
|Nov. 3, 2014||Public meeting at Central Library||County presentation|
|Oct. 8, 2014||Technical Committee meeting||County Presentation|
|Oct. 5, 2010||Stakeholder meeting at NRECA, 4301 Wilson Blvd.|
|June 10, 2010||Stakeholder meeting at NRECA, 4301 Wilson Blvd.|
|May 27, 2010||Transportation Commission meeting|