Established in the early 19th century, Herndon, Virginia, is part of the populous suburban area surrounding Washington, D.C. With a new Metrorail station built as part of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s (WMTA) Silver Line extension, the Town of Herndon partnered with Clark Nexsen to integrate pedestrian access and transit improvements for the new station and the development of the Herndon Transit-Oriented Core.
The opening of WMTA’s Phase II Silver Line Metrorail extension in Northern Virginia provides high-capacity and high-quality metro access between the Dulles corridor and downtown Washington, D.C.
Located off Herndon Parkway and nestled between the Dulles Access Road, the Herndon Metrorail Station is one of six new stations built as part of this extension.
To accommodate the transit improvements, bus bays and vehicle drop-off areas were built along the north and south sides of Herndon Parkway between Van Buren Street and Exchange Place. In addition, due to the increase in pedestrian traffic from the bus and vehicle areas, sidewalks and a signalized pedestrian crossing along Herndon Parkway provide safe and convenient access to and from the new Herndon Station.
Clark Nexsen worked closely with the Town of Herndon to evaluate and configure the Herndon Parkway corridor for both immediate and long-term pedestrian and transit improvements. The bus stops, for example, required careful review of location, size, and configuration to meet Fairfax Connector requirements while minimizing impacts to the properties bordering the project. These transportation improvements play an integral role in the on-going success of Herndon Transit-Oriented Core.
APWA Mid-Atlantic Awards Honorable Mention, 2023