A new Alexandria, Virginia, infill transit station is doing more than improve travel in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area. It is also the central feature for the transformation of a 300-acre former rail yard into an accessible and walkable mixed-use development.
On May 16, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) and City of Alexandria elected officials and residents celebrated the grand opening of WMATA’s new Potomac Yard-Virginia Tech (Potomac Yard-VT) Metrorail station. It marked the culmination of more than a decade’s worth of collaboration between WSP, the City of Alexandria, WMATA, as well as other regional partners, to turn vision into reality.
Potomac Yard-VT station will provide riders with walkability to the Virginia Tech Innovation Campus currently under construction. The new campus was a key piece in attracting Amazon’s second headquarters, HQ2, under development a few stops north of the new station.
WSP has been providing Alexandria with ongoing financial analysis consulting services since 2008. The firm has helped several city departments — the city manager, planning and zoning, and the department of finance to name a few — determine how best to pay for the new station.
“Our team has been working with Alexandria and WMATA for many years,” said David Earley, director of strategic planning and development at WSP. “There’s just a great deal of connection between all of us, and that helps us deliver important work for this region.”
The initial work culminated in a value-capture analysis to fund the new rail station, followed by ongoing assistance and updates as the project progressed.
“WSP’s mission is to help deliver infrastructure projects that truly improve people's lives,” said Simon Mosbah, director of project development and finance at WSP. “The Potomac Yard Station is a tremendous example of that!”