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  by JDC
 
Today I was scouting real estate in Ashburn area and it made me wonder, what was the rationale for the placement - or even the need - for the station now called Loudoun Gateway? Looking at the surrounding area filled with warehouses or data centers, it does not seem that this station really was needed to serve a customer-filled catchment zone; instead, I imagine that nearly all of the customers will be closer to the Ashburn station or Innovation Center station. I know there is often a 'build it and they will come' argument made about stations, but that seems unlikely given the current configuration of the area. To me, it would have made more sense to create 2 stations in the Ashburn area, moving the current one a bit more east and then having a final one closer to route 659. Thoughts?
  by STrRedWolf
 
JDC wrote: Sat Feb 27, 2021 8:13 am Today I was scouting real estate in Ashburn area and it made me wonder, what was the rationale for the placement - or even the need - for the station now called Loudoun Gateway? Looking at the surrounding area filled with warehouses or data centers, it does not seem that this station really was needed to serve a customer-filled catchment zone; instead, I imagine that nearly all of the customers will be closer to the Ashburn station or Innovation Center station. I know there is often a 'build it and they will come' argument made about stations, but that seems unlikely given the current configuration of the area. To me, it would have made more sense to create 2 stations in the Ashburn area, moving the current one a bit more east and then having a final one closer to route 659. Thoughts?
Can you walk from those warehouses (skip the data centers, don't need as many people there) to Ashburn?

I think the argument here is not "build it and they will come" but more "get people to work and back".
  by Sand Box John
 
The placement of the station is to serve passengers west and north of Stirling and east of Ashburn. Passengers east of VA-28 would use Innovation Center, passengers west of VA-28 would use Loudoun Gateway.
  by JDC
 
Adam Tuss is reporting that WMAA expects to hand over phase 2 to WMATA 'around' Labor Day, kicking off the 90-day testing period. So, maybe 2021....or early 2022.
  by Sand Box John
 
JDC
Adam Tuss is reporting that WMAA expects to hand over phase 2 to WMATA 'around' Labor Day, kicking off the 90-day testing period. So, maybe 2021....or early 2022.


Airports Authority Targets Labor Day Handoff of Silver Line Phase 2 Project to Metro
DCMP Press Release
03 05 2021 14:40
  by STrRedWolf
 
Okay, lets talk timing and bring in what's going on.

Labor Day 2021 is September 6th.

90 days from that is... 30, 31, 30... Dec 5th.

Previous estimates have COVID-19 Herd Immunity around late September. So Dec 5th... we're probably masks off. Folks are starting to travel again. Dulles gets busier and busier... and BAM! Silver Line right into the city opens up. WMATA gets the holiday traffic. Not as big as expected but it's bigger than current. And that's the best case scenario!

Watch it miss and land in court.
  by daybeers
 
December would be awesome! We shall see. I bet someone a Phase II Silver Line fare it won't open til '22.
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