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Potomac Yard Metrorail Implementation Work Group

The Metrorail Station Feasibility Work Group was established in October 2008 and met over the course of a year and a half through February 2010. In order to ensure there is continuity between the previous initiatives and the implementation of the proposed Metrorail station, the Potomac Yard Metrorail Station Feasibility Work Group will be re-convened as The Potomac Yard Metrorail Implementation Work Group (PYMIG). This group will assist in the review of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), station concepts, funding, provide input to staff, the Transportation Commission and the City Council. For additional news and updates regarding the Potomac Yard Metrorail Station, visit  

The Department of Transportation and Environmental Services staff will provide coordinating support to the Work Group and will be supplemented by a consultant team and staff from other City departments. The staff of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) will also assist. The Work Group is anticipated to meet over the next phases of the project implementation through construction of the station. The first meeting was held June 30, 2011 in the City Council Workroom. The meeting agenda covered background on the project, an update on the scoping of the EIS and what the next steps will be. The public is invited to attend all meetings.  For additional information, contact Lee Farmer at or call 703.746.4146.

Next Potomac Yard Metrorail Implementation Work Group Meeting to Be Held on Tuesday, March 31

The public is invited to the Potomac Yard Metrorail Implementation Work Group (PYMIG) meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 31 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in City Council Chambers located in City Hall at 301 King Street. There will be an Open House prior to the meeting from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Workroom, also located in City Hall. The meeting will include an overview of the analysis of potential environmental impacts described in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS), which has been approved for release by the Federal Transit Administration and the National Park Service.

The Potomac Yard Metrorail Station Draft Environmental Impact Statement can be viewed here.

For more information about this project please contact Lee Farmer at or visit the City’s Potomac Yard website.  

Potomac Yard Metrorail Station Planning Reaches Major Milestone with Completion of Draft Environmental Impact Statement 

3/27/15: The 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 initiative. 

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.

The 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.

The upcoming subject-specific Community Open Houses are as follows:

Land Use & Hazardous Materials

  • Community 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) 

Wetlands, Greens Scenic Area Easement, City Parkland, National Park Service Land, 
Visual Resources & Cultural Resources

  • Community Open House #2 
    Wednesday, April 8, 2015,  6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
    Charles Houston Recreation Center, 901 Wythe Ave. 

Transportation, Noise, Vibration, Construction Access & Secondary/Cumulative Impacts

  • Community 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 be reviewed at several facilities throughout the City, including the following locations:

  • Alexandria Office of City Clerk - 301 King St., Room 2300, Alexandria
  • James M. Duncan Branch Library - 2501 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria
  • Charles E. Beatley, Jr. Central Library - 5005 Duke St., Alexandria
  • Cora Kelly Recreation Center - 25 West Reed Ave., Alexandria
  • Aurora Hills Branch Library - 735 S. 18th St., Arlington
  • Washington 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 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.

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

Functions of the Potomac Yard Metrorail Implementation Work Group

  • Review Environmental Impact Statement documentation;
  • Provide policy guidance to City and WMATA staff;
  • Analyze station concept refinement; and
  • Consider funding issues related to the new Metrorail Station

Potomac Yard Metrorail Implementation Work Group Members

  • William Euille, City Council
  • Justin Wilson, City Council
  • Steve Milone, Environmental Policy Commission
  • Jerry King, Transportation Commission
  • Kerry Donley, At-Large
  • Stephen Koenig, Planning Commission

Meetings & Materials for the Work Group  

March 31, 2015

  • Agenda
  • Presentation
  • Audio
  • Video

January 29, 2015

October 23, 2014

June 26, 2014   

May 15, 2014  

 January 6, 2014  

June 10, 2013  

 January 30, 2013  

October 10, 2012  

June 30, 2011  

October 26, 2011  

February 6, 2012  

May 16, 2012  

Background Information

301 King Street, Room 2100
Alexandria, VA 22314
Fax: 703.838.6393

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.