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Free Parking Granted At 2 Stations During Metro Shutdown

Patch logo Patch 2/28/2020 Emily Leayman
a large long train on a steel track: Orange Line trains won't run at the Vienna Metro station in summer 2020, but commuters will get free parking. © Emily Leayman/Patch Orange Line trains won't run at the Vienna Metro station in summer 2020, but commuters will get free parking.

VIENNA, VA — Metro's board voted Thursday to allow free parking at the Vienna and Dunn Loring Metro stations during the summer 2020 Metro shutdown.

WJLA reported that the free parking would happen from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day, the same time the Vienna, Dunn Loring and East Falls Church stations will be closed for Metro's platform rehabilitation project. Because the West Falls Church station has three tracks, it will remain open with single-tracking happening in conjunction with the platform work.

Although Orange Line trains won't run at the Vienna and Dunn Loring stations, free shuttle buses will serve as an alternative. In early March, Metro will announce details about transportation alternatives and rail service during the summer shutdown.

Metro recently announced station parking reductions starting March 15 for pre-construction activity, which could explain why West Falls Church and East Falls Church stations were not included in the free parking approval. West Falls Church station's parking availability will be cut in half, as the surface parking lot will be used to stage construction equipment and materials. The 1,100-spot parking garage will remain open, but Metro anticipates it will reach capacity by 7 a.m.

Daily parking at the East Falls Church station won't be available at all starting on March 15. The kiss and ride lot will remain open for pick-ups and drop-offs only.

The Vienna Metro's parking lot 1 will be used for pre-construction staging, which will reduce overall parking availability by 10 percent beginning March 15. The parking garages on both sides and lot 3 on the south side will stay open; around 4,200 daily parking spots will remain available. No parking reductions are planning at the Dunn Loring station, which has 1,964 daily spaces.

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