County Touts ‘Gateway'

County Touts ‘Gateway'

Ribbon-cutting held at Reston Town Center Transit Station.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors celebrated the grand opening of the Reston Town Center Transit Station last Friday morning with a ribbon-cutting at the site on Bluemont Way.

While the station has been open since April, the county wanted to highlight the station, which will serve as a significant transportation hub in Reston.

“The station becomes our gateway to the Reston Town Center,” said Supervisor Cathy Hudgins (D-Hunter Mill), who added that the site will one day be an important link to two proposed Metro stops in Reston.

The station provides travelers bus transport on Fairfax Connector buses to go to the West Falls Church Metro station; to Fair Lakes, Fair Oaks Mall and Fairfax Corner, to Herndon; to Tysons Corner; and throughout greater Reston.

Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerald Connolly touted the station as yet another example of what makes the town center a model for other developments. “Everybody wants a Reston Town Center,” said Connolly, adding that Reston leads the county in transit-oriented development. “You’ve been showing us the way.”

Customer service staff is on hand at the station to provide free maps, schedules and other transportation information. Passengers can purchase tickets, passes and other fare media for all regional transit systems.

The new transit station is accessible to persons with disabilities and offers several amenities, including station lighting, four lighted bus shelters, bike racks, pedestrian crosswalks, a pay telephone, drinking fountain, 10 bus bays marked for the specific bus routes and a public restroom.

— Jason Hartke