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Metrorail Station Planning Reaches Major Milestone with Completion of Draft
Environmental Impact Statement
Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a new Potomac Yard Metrorail
Station is now available for public review and comment, marking a major
milestone in the City of Alexandria’s vital transit and economic development
The City's project partners, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the National Park
Service (NPS) have approved the Draft EIS
for public review. Following a public comment period and series of community
meetings from April 3, 2015, through May 18, 2015, City Council will formally
consider the new station and its preferred location. A City Council decision will permit the
preparation of a Final EIS for approval by the FTA and NPS, after which the
design and construction of the station can begin.
City has scheduled many opportunities for stakeholders to learn more about the
Draft EIS and the benefits, history, purpose, and financial feasibility of the
new station. The City will hold three
Community Open Houses (each focusing on a specific area of interest), five
applicable board and commission meetings, and a formal public hearing. The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit
Authority (WMATA), the agency that will operate the new station, will also hold
a public hearing.
The Potomac Yard Metrorail Station Draft Environmental Impact Statement can be viewed here.
upcoming subject-specific Community Open Houses are as follows:
Land Use &
Open House #1
Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
City Hall, Council Workroom, 301 King St., 2nd Floor
(Followed by the Potomac Yard Metrorail
Work Group (PYMIG) meeting from
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., in the adjacent City Council Chamber)
Scenic Area Easement, City Parkland, National Park Service Land,
Visual Resources & Cultural Resources
Open House #2
Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 6:30 p.m. to 9
Charles Houston Recreation Center, 901 Wythe Ave.
Noise, Vibration, Construction Access & Secondary/Cumulative Impacts
Open House #3
Monday, April 13, 2015, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Cora Kelly Recreation Center, 25 West Reed Ave.
The DEIS document can also be
reviewed at several facilities throughout the City, including the following
Office of City Clerk - 301 King St., Room 2300, Alexandria
M. Duncan Branch Library - 2501 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria
E. Beatley, Jr. Central Library - 5005 Duke St., Alexandria
Kelly Recreation Center - 25 West Reed Ave., Alexandria
Hills Branch Library - 735 S. 18th St., Arlington
Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), Office of the Secretary,
600 Fifth Street, NW Room 2D-209, Washington, DC
Comments may be submitted at any time to firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments
submitted between April 3, 2015, and May 18, 2015, will be responded to in the
Final EIS. Comments may also be mailed to Potomac Yard Metrorail Station EIS,
P.O. Box 16531, Alexandria, VA 22302.
A public hearing as part of the EIS process will be held before the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Board:
- WMATA/NEPA Public Hearing
Thursday, April 30, 6:30 p.m.
Cora Kelly Recreation Center, 25 West Reed Ave.
The staff recommendation for the preferred alternative will be released in late April.
A public hearing will be held before the Alexandria City Council:
- City Council Public Hearing
Saturday, May 16, 10:00 a.m.
City Hall, Council Chamber, 301 King St. 2nd Floor
The staff recommendation will also be discussed at the following board, commission, and committee meetings in May:
- Board of Architectural Review
- Environmental Policy Commission
- Planning Commission
- Parks and Recreation Commission
- Transportation Commission
- Potomac Yard Metrorail Station Implementation Work Group (PYMIG)
Potomac Yard Metrorail Station Draft Environmental Impact Statement
Volume I: Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Draft Section 4(f) Evaluation
Volume II: Technical Appendices
City of Alexandria Awarded $50 Million Loan Towards Construction of a
New Potomac Yard Metrorail Station
The Commonwealth Transportation Board has awarded the City a $50
million loan from the Virginia Transportation Infrastructure Bank (VTIB) to
construct a Metrorail station in Potomac Yards.
The new station will be funded through a variety of sources -- including
new tax revenue from development around the station and two new special tax
districts. This means that most
residents and businesses in Alexandria will not have to contribute to the
station’s construction through local taxes.
Because the new tax revenue will be received over time and the station
must be paid for when it is built, the City plans to issue General Obligation
Bonds to finance construction. Today’s
VTIB loan, which is close to the maximum available from the state fund, will lower
the amount the City must borrow from other sources. The 30-year loan locks in an interest rate of
2.17%, which is substantially lower than municipal bonds. The loan also requires no interest or
principal payments for four and one-half years after contract completion. This
grace period is important to allow early development around the Metro station
to begin to create new revenue prior to the City’s first repayments. The City’s loan application included an offer
to accelerate repayment if revenue exceeds expectations. Members of the Board took particular note of
this innovative provision, which would allow the money lent to the City to be
returned to the VTIB’s revolving fund 11 to 12 years earlier than originally
Physical and Digital Models
- A physical model has been prepared showing the relationship of each alternative (plus Design Option B-CSX) to its surroundings. The model is on view in the Planning & Zoning office on the second floor of City Hall, 301 King Street.
- A digital model has been prepared showing how each of the Build Alternatives as well as Design Option B-CSX might look to drivers traveling on the George Washington Memorial Parkway (GWMP).