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Re: Potomac Yard Metrorail station

Postby Sand Box John » Tue Apr 28, 2015 7:19 am

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I think it all depends on whether the station's design and construction takes into account changed environmental regulations, which sunk the opening of both the Silver Line phase I and now phase II. Stricter stormwater management regs came on line during construction of the Silver Line, which caught them unaware and required construction changes. Since those regs are now on the books, I would imagine that the Potomac Yard station's design takes those into account and so that should not be a snafu.


I don't think the storm water mitigation will be that big of an issue. The existing tracks in the area of the infill station are in a cut. The station will be at the same grade or slightly higher to the east of the existing tracks. The storm water runoff retention facility will likely be built where the mainline tracks are today. The area for retention facility will have a larger footprint compared to the footprint of the station.
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Re: Potomac Yard Metrorail station

Postby JDC » Fri May 22, 2015 10:28 am

I posted this before, but the website seems to be eating posts occasionally:

On Wednesday, the Alexandria city counsel picked its preferred locations: Alt B. http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/alexandria-chooses-location-for-potomac-yard-metro/2015/05/20/93659d14-ff56-11e4-805c-c3f407e5a9e9_story.html?hpid=z2.

Today, the WP had a story on 'what's next' before construction can begin. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/dr-gridlock/wp/2015/05/22/the-site-for-the-potomac-yard-metro-station-is-set-whats-next/
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Re: Potomac Yard Metrorail station

Postby JDC » Thu Dec 03, 2015 1:36 pm

At this week's Board hearing, there is/will be a presentation regarding the proposed Potomac Yard station. The report agrees with the city's choice of alt. B as the best one. Page 11 of this pdf has a nice mock-up of the station, landscaping, etc.http://www.wmata.com/about_metro/board_of_directors/board_docs/120315_3APotomacYardApprovals.pdf
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Re: Potomac Yard Metrorail station

Postby JDC » Thu Dec 10, 2015 8:52 am

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Re: Potomac Yard Metrorail station

Postby JDC » Thu Dec 10, 2015 9:00 am

JDC wrote:A more detailed presentation to the city of Alexandria. http://www.alexandriava.gov/uploadedFiles/2015-10-26%20PYMIG%20Presentation_dark%20blue_rev1.pdf


The video from the November meeting, starting at minute mark 17, shows the discussion about what enclosure/roof the station will have. Apparently it may be unique, unlike new designs on Silver Line or those already at Braddock Rd or King St.http://www.alexandriava.gov/video/3277
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Re: Potomac Yard Metrorail station

Postby Sand Box John » Thu Dec 10, 2015 11:47 pm

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The video from the November meeting, starting at minute mark 17, shows the discussion about what enclosure/roof the station will have. Apparently it may be unique, unlike new designs on Silver Line or those already at Braddock Rd or King St.http://www.alexandriava.gov/video/3277


The sections of the mezzanine and platform canopies in the PDF look similar to what was used at New York Avenue, east of Addison Road on the G Route Blue line extension and the north half of National Airport.

The 4 conceptual options in the video appear to be variations based on the above. As to them not being fitting to the phony colonial architecture of the contemporary Old Town, that one seem irrelevant to me as nothing in Potomac Yard mimics said phony colonial.

If I had it my way the mezzanine head houses and platform canopies would use the same architecture that was used at the Cheverly station.
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Re: Potomac Yard Metrorail station

Postby JDC » Tue Dec 22, 2015 8:49 am

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Re: Potomac Yard Metrorail station

Postby JDC » Wed Jun 15, 2016 7:56 am

The PY station is nearing final approvals. I'll note that when riding on Metrorail past the forested location where the station will be built, you can see where heavy equipment has moved through and created various 'paths'. I actually witnessed the machines there once or twice - they looked larger than a bobcat but smaller than a bulldozer. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/dr-gridlock/wp/2016/06/14/after-delays-plan-to-build-potomac-yard-metro-station-project-moves-forward/
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Re: Potomac Yard Metrorail station

Postby JDC » Wed Jun 15, 2016 2:15 pm

While reading Wikipedia, I came across this fantastic image of the entire Potomac Yard area as it was in the 1980s, with an actual railyard. How much it will have changed in (only) 40 years. https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/ee/Potomac_Yard_-_aerial_1980s.jpg
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Re: Potomac Yard Metrorail station

Postby JDC » Wed Nov 02, 2016 8:11 am

The Record of Decision has been filed, so design and then construction can begin in earnest. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/dr-gridlock/wp/2016/11/01/alexandria-gets-federal-clearance-to-build-potomac-yard-metro-station/
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Re: Potomac Yard Metrorail station

Postby afiggatt » Sun Sep 03, 2017 3:37 pm

While the Potomac Yard station project is moving ahead, it is encountering more delays. At this pace, the Purple Line could open first....

Washington Post:Potomac Yard Metro station delayed again, now likely to open in 2021. Excerpts:

A plan to build a Metro station in Alexandria’s growing Potomac Yard community is moving along, but the projected opening has again been pushed back, this time to spring 2021.

Alexandria officials said the latest delay came when transit officials determined more time than anticipated would be needed to award a contract.

“The schedule is pushed back because we are considering cost-saving opportunities within the context of the procurement,” said Mitch Bernstein, director of the city’s Department of Project Implementation.
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“This solicitation will be longer due to the complexities of the project,” Metro spokesman Richard L. Jordan said.

The process, which generally takes nine months, will take more than a year.

So it now takes over a year just to go through the RFP process and award the damn contract? <sigh>
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