The Potomac Yard Metro Station will open in 2022 with all three entrances from the initial designs. That’s thanks to $50M more into the project from Virginia, spurred by Amazon’s upcoming NoVA location. Before Amazon, officials cut the second West entrance to cut costs from the already over budget project.
Virginia Adding $50 Million to Restore the Second West Entrance to Potomac Yard Metro
Via the City of Alexandria:
“On November 13, the state announced $50 million of funding for a new south entrance for the station, based on the projected increase in ridership associated with the recently announced plans for a new Amazon corporate headquarters and Virginia Tech Innovation Campus in National Landing. Funding was approved for inclusion in the final state partnership package presented to Amazon in late October 2018, and would not have been available without the increased ridership projected to accompany Amazon’s move to the area and the $1 billion Innovation Campus.”
Potomac Yard’s $320 Million Metro Station Was Already Over Budget
Again, from Alexandria:
“The station was originally designed to have two entrances on the west side of the tracks (one to the north end of the platform and one to the south end), and another entrance on the east side of the tracks. When initial construction bids far exceeded the project’s budget, the only practical way to keep the $320 million station financially viable was to remove the south entrance along Potomac Avenue.”
Metrorail’s Yellow Line Will Serve Potomac Yard Starting 2022
One more from that Old Town:
“Construction of the currently planned and approved station is planned to continue uninterrupted, with a scheduled opening date in early 2022. The release of the funding for a south entrance is tied to Amazon job creation targets, although the state has committed to support development of transportation projects on an accelerated basis. As a result, the City will work with Metro and the state to explore the feasibility and cost of including a south entrance in the initial station construction and whether the scale of the entrance will be the same as contemplated in the original station design.”
Once the station opens, Metrorail’s Yellow and Blue line will serve Potomac Yard between existing Braddock Road and Reagan Airport stations.
Potomac Yard’s Third Entrance Takes a Quarter of Virginia’s Transportation Help for Amazon
Out of $195 million promised from Virginia governments to transportation as a part of Amazon HQ2, Potomac Yard will take $50 million, a second Crystal City Metrorail entrance will take $90 million, and the remaining $55 million will go between expanded bus rapid transit, pedestrian improvements to Route 1, and a pedestrian bridge from Crystal City to Reagan Airport.