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Crystal City Metrorail East Entrance Will Enhance Connectivity, Accessibility, and Capacity

ARLINGTON, VA — The Arlington County Board has approved the $146 million Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Crystal City Metrorail Station East Entrance for final design and construction, a critical addition to the station that will serve as a second entryway. Situated amid National Landing, a bustling area of growth and redevelopment, this new entrance will meet a need for increased capacity and enhanced connectivity. VHB is program management lead, overseeing all planning, design, and environmental compliance, as a partner to developer, JBG Smith, and contractor, Clark Construction.

The east entrance of the Crystal City Metrorail Station is not only a new addition but will contribute to the development of a multimodal hub that will connect commuters to a range of transportation options. As the location for Amazon’s HQ2, National Landing is a community with a plethora of amenities, including urban parks, residential neighborhoods, industrial and institutional campuses, and mixed-use conveniences. The east entrance of the station will heighten connectivity to the greater National Capital Region, shorten commute times, relieve congestion, and enhance accessibility needs.

“This project is a special one,” said Meghan Powell, VHB Mid-Atlantic Director of Transit & Rail. “Even before the pandemic, this station was filled with activity during peak hours, a testament to its importance as a vital transportation link. Its expansion will support regional connectivity, linking to numerous additional multimodal projects that are shaping up in the area.”

Design for the new entrance was 30% complete in spring 2023 as part of a Public-Private Education-Facilities and Infrastructure Act proposal led by JBG Smith in 2019. The design includes elevator upgrades, Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility improvements, enhanced emergency access, and a new underground passageway. VHB’s role included coordinating completion of the 30% design with subconsultant designers, Arlington County and WMATA.

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