Potomac Yard Metrorail Station Project Reports & Updates

The Potomac Yard Metrorail Station project timeline, planning meeting materials, legal documentation, and official reports.

Page updated on Nov 28, 2018 at 4:10 PM

Overview

The following is a living record of planning meetings and materials, legal documentation, and official reports of the Potomac Yard Metrorail Station project. 

For information about the Potomac Yard Metrorail Implementation Work Group (PYMIG), visit alexandriava.gov/PotomacMetroWorkGroup.

For information about Potomac Yard Metrorail Station Project Public Engagement, including the environmental impact statement, visit alexandriava.gov/101656.


November 2018

  • November 19 – City of Alexandria Announces Updates on Potomac Yard Metro Station Entrances
  • November 9 – Pre-Construction Survey Requests

    The Contractor is required to provide pre-construction building surveys prior to commencement of construction, if requested by the building owner. All properties within 250 feet of any property boundary of the subject site shall be afforded the opportunity to participate in the pre-construction surveys. Specific to this project, additional properties may be included as approved by the Director of DPI. The map of the boundaries can be found here. The contractor will be contacting property owners to arrange for the surveys prior to commencement of construction.


October 2018

  • October 30 – Federal Transit Administration 2018 Annual Report
    Per the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Record of Decision (ROD) for the Potomac Yard Metrorail Station Project, the City of Alexandria is required to provide an annual summary report for the project to monitor and track the commitments and mitigation measures.
  • October 30 – National Historic Preservation Act Memorandum of Agreement 2018 Annual Report
    Per the Potomac Yard Metrorail Station Project Section 106 Memorandum of Agreement, the City of Alexandria shall provide an annual summary report for the project.

September 2018

  • September 27 – Public Notice for VDEQ Water Protection Permit 30-day Comment Period
    To comply with the Clean Water Act, the City has applied for a Virginia Water Protection Permit (VWPP) from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VDEQ).  The  VWPP stipulates the conditions with which the City must comply in order to allow the filling and excavation of wetlands for the construction of the Potomac Yard Metrorail Station.

    On September 27, 2018, the City of Alexandria issued a Public Notice advertising the 30-day public comment period which VDEQ has opened pertaining to the draft Virginia Water Protection Permit (#17-1756).  VDEQ will officially receive comments within the period of September 28, 2018 – October 29, 2018.  The Public Notice was officially published in the Washington Post and the Alexandria Times on September 27, 2018.  The notice re-ran September 28, 2018 in the Alexandria Gazette Packet and in the Washington Post weekend edition on September 30, 2018.  Links below:

August 2018

  • August 6 – Joint Permit Application (JPA) Update
    The City provided VDEQ and USACE a summary of changes to the project design.  These changes included the deletion of the following elements:
    • South mezzanine of the station
    • Ramp from Potomac Greens neighborhood to the deleted mezzanine
    • Entry pavilion at East Glebe Road
    • Pedestrian bridge connecting deleted entry pavilion to deleted mezzanine
    • Ramp from deleted entry pavilion to the north
  • JPA Update #1
  • JPA Addendum to Update #1

July 2018

  • July 18 – City Initiates DSUP Amendment Process
    As previously communicated to the public, the design changes to the Potomac Yard Metrorail Station will require an amendment to the approved DSUP.  Although the design and documentation of the amendment will be performed by the contractor, once selected by WMATA, City staff have initiated the amendment process by making an initial submission on July 18. The initial submission will provide development review staff with an understanding of the project scope changes.

    The initial submission, which can be viewed here, consisted of copies of the approved DSUP plans annotated to denote changes to the project, such as the reconfigured station access from East Glebe Road at Potomac Avenue.  Since the contractor and their design team are not yet on board, the initial submission consists only of elements previously discussed; no new design details or documents were generated for this submission.


May 2018


April 2018


October 2017

  • October 30 – Federal Transit Administration 2017 Annual Report
    Per the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Record of Decision (ROD) for the Potomac Yard Metrorail Station Project, the City of Alexandria is required to provide an annual summary report for the project to monitor and track the commitments and mitigation measures.
    • October 29 – National Historic Preservation Act Memorandum of Agreement 2017 Annual Report
      Per the Potomac Yard Metrorail Station Project Section 106 Memorandum of Agreement, the City of Alexandria shall provide an annual summary report for the project.
      • October – Joint Permit Application (JPA)

      November 2016


      October 2016


      June 2016

      • June 16 – Rezoning and Development Special Use Permits
        On June 16, City Council unanimously approved the Master Plan Amendment, Map Amendment (rezoning), and Development Special Use Permit with site plan and associated Special Use Permits to construct a Metrorail station and associated facilities in Potomac Yard. The staff report includes a description of the project with staff's recommendation for approval with conditions. 

      February 2016

      • February – Phase II Environmental Site Assessment
        As part of the analysis for the Final EIS, a  Phase II Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) was conducted to better understand the potential to encounter hazardous materials during construction. The findings from this report will be included in the Final EIS.

        December 2015


        November 2015


        September 2015


        May 2015

        • May 20 – Alternative B Selected as Preferred Alternative for the Potomac Yard Metrorail Station
          At a special meeting on May 20, 2015, the Alexandria City Council voted unanimously to endorse the construction of a new Potomac Yard Metrorail Station and select "Alternative B" as the preferred location. The designation of a Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) is a key milestone in the process to build this Metrorail station, and now permits the development of a Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for expected release in 2016.
          • The Council resolution from the special meeting can be found here.
        • May 18 – Public Comment Period for the Potomac Yard Metrorail Station DEIS Closed
          On May 18, 2015, the public comment period for the Potomac Yard Metro Station DEIS closed after having been open since April 3, 2015, when the document was published in the federal register. The City scheduled many opportunities for stakeholders to learn more about the DEIS and the benefits, history, purpose, and financial feasibility of the new station. Comments on the DEIS will be addressed in the Final EIS.
          • The Notice of Availability for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) in the Federal register can be viewed here.

        April 2015


        May 2014

        • May 15 – Digital Models of Potomac Yard Metrorail Station Build Alternatives
          A series of digital models was created to show what a driver on the George Washington Memorial Driveway would see while passing each of the build alternatives for the new Potomac Yard Metrorail Station.  A video of the digital models can be viewed here.

        April 2012


        February 2012


        July 2011


        May 2011


        February 2011


        January 2011


        June 2010


        February 2010


        November 1980


        May 1974

        • 1974 – Approved General Plans
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