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Will Metrorail Extend the Orange Line to Centreville?

Congressmen Gerry Connolly and Jim Moran recently introduced legislation that would study the extension of Metrorail into Centreville, Woodbridge and the Richmond Highway corridor.

Pipe dream or forward-thinking? 

Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-11th district) and Rep. Jim Moran (D-8th district) have introduced a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives that would authorize studying Metrorail's possible expansion into Centreville and other areas of Northern Virginia. 

The Northern Virginia Metrorail Extension Act (H.R. 907), which is now before the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, specifically cites the idea of extending the Orange line into Centreville. It also proposes studying the possibility of extending the yellow line along the Route One corridor and the blue line along the I-95 corridor to Woodbridge. 

“Residents in Prince William and western Fairfax County already experience some of the longest commutes in the nation, and these communities will experience continued growth,” Connolly said in a press release. “We need to look at solutions that take cars off the roads and provide viable transportation alternatives for our citizens. Whether or not we determine that Metrorail is the best solution, we must begin the conversation now.”

The idea of extending the orange line to Centreville has long been a topic of discussion to alleviate commuting times—and something Connolly has pushed for a long time. Metro’s $26 billion draft strategic plan, Momentum: The Next Generation of Metro, identifies this as an opportunity.

Would you want the orange line to extend to Centreville? Share your opinion in the comments. 

Sandra March 06, 2013 at 04:21 AM
Seems like it would make sense, as it would take those people off the road who currently drive to Vienna. However, at this time I doubt the money would be available.
Bruce Randall March 06, 2013 at 11:36 AM
Yes. It should have done years ago. We are so backward for not having better mass transit. IMHO
Thomas Triplett March 06, 2013 at 12:59 PM
YES!!!!!!!! Metro is currently a good but limited system. Centreville needs that rail service. I personally think it the orange line should be extended all the way out to Gainesville with stops in Manassas, Centreville, Fair Oaks, and Fairfax City. 66 would be a much better drive and there is plenty of room for the metro line right down the center median.
Maria E Rudolph March 06, 2013 at 01:12 PM
I totally agree with Mr. Triplett!
andrew T March 06, 2013 at 02:34 PM
Fairfax 123, Fairfax Corner/Fair Oaks, Centreville 28. If metro had the money, + Manassas 236 and Gainesville. Metro is not a commuter or suburban rail system. That is the job of VRE and Amtrack that both service Prince William County, and a trip from Centreville into DC on Metro would be far over an hour already. Since there is only an auto option for people who have already settled over 30 miles from the city and are the reason for most of the congestion that has been added to the region, metro should be an option, but a last resort option. The easier it is to access the metro area's core for people who live in exurbia, the easier it is for people to keep expanding out rather than contribute to smart growth and in 25 years, we will be back in the same boat.
Brandy Mahoney March 06, 2013 at 04:19 PM
I also agree with Mr Triplett! YES! YES! YES!! It would be FANTASTIC to be able to utilize the Metro system all the way out to Gainesville but at the very least Centreville and Fairfax. It would go a long way in easing the nightmare that is 66. I also agree with Mr Randall, above. Most of our country is light years behind the rest of the modernized world when it comes to mass transit.
Richard Triplett March 06, 2013 at 06:10 PM
Decades ago, area leaders conceived, planned, and built Metro, radically reshaping the Washington DC region. Today Metrorail is a good example of how a well-planned transit system can help fuel economic growth by revitalizing communities and helping hundreds of thousands of people get where they're going each day. But where's the plan for the next generation? Obviously something needs to be done; I66 is often a parking lot for would be commuters traveling between Centreville and Arlington or down town. I applaud the investigation and study of an expansion / extension to Metro’s Orange Line into Fairfax, Fair Oaks, Fair Lakes, Centreville, and beyond. I believe high-capacity public transportation is an important investment for supporting a sustainable region of linked neighborhoods, communities, and town centers and I am anxious to learn more about the results of the Study.
Bill Schmidt March 06, 2013 at 06:30 PM
We think too much inside the box. Extending the spokes of radial lines still further is ok, but what is needed is to connect the lines say from Tysons to Springfield or Sterling to Woodbridge. Then we can provide transportation to those who can not get directly from north to south. The system was designed to serve commuters into the city and not to serve those who live in the south and work in the north.
Robert Dyer March 06, 2013 at 10:49 PM
This is a "shovel ready" project that was being discussed when I moved to Centreville in 1987. I-66 is a commuter highway that has been expanded to its limits and continues to be a slow rush hour commute. I think the extension to just Centreville is a bit short sighted. It would seem that I-66 and VA 234 intersection would be the needed extension point. Stops and parking located at US 50 / Fairfax Cty. Govt / Fair Oaks & Fairfax Malls, Stringfellow Rd Park&Ride, I-66 and VA 28 (Centreville), I-66 and VA 234, and I-66 and VA 234 (Prince William Parkway). This would be about 20 miles of rail well placed for current and future growth. Whatever the cost, subtract the cost of four more lanes down I-66. Imagine I will be hearing this discussion 20 years from now should I live so long.
Nasir Jadran March 07, 2013 at 01:23 AM
Why study? Let's just start doing it as we are doing in Tyson's Corner area and the Dulles Metro Rail. Common Congressmen, lets just finish this project by 2015 if not 2014.
Mary Stachyra Lopez March 07, 2013 at 01:53 AM
I'm curious how they would manage this with an already overcrowded Orange line. A few years back, I used to take the from Vienna station to DC during rush hour. Even then we would all be packed in like sardines by the time we got to East Falls Church—and past that station, you'd be really lucky if you were able to get inside at all. I wonder how they would accommodate potentially thousands of new commuters? Even if they added more trains, it seems like they would still have a lot of work to do to make it feasible. Maybe if they add some "express" trains that skip certain stops, like in NYC? Any thoughts on this from people who currently ride the Orange line?
Bob Bruhns March 12, 2013 at 01:22 AM
NO. The financial disaster of the Dulles Rail / Silver Line should have taught us all a lesson: start with BUS, and graduate to rail when that becomes appropriate. Put a temporary bus road into the dedicated right of way where the train will eventually go, run the bus on that, and build up those population and business centers. When the ACTUAL ridership (not the estimates, which are always made-to-order) gets to the point where bus will not be able to sustain it, THEN convert to rail. In real terms, this will happen in steps of about 3 miles each. THAT WAY, you pay as you go, instead of running up the debt until you choke the whole region with the debt and payments for generations, as we are already seeing with the Dulles Rail / Silver Line. We are already bailing it out with $300 million in FY2014, just so that the Dulles Toll Road tolls don't rise quite as much as planned, for a few years, And then, much more will be needed to keep those tolls below an explosion point. And this rail line hasn't even OPENED yet! Use your heads, people. Don't fall for nonsense from pen name ghosts from some public relations company. Don't sell your great-grandchildrentinto debt slavery for this nonsense! And don't dedicate your entire region's economy to fund a bank! Start with BUS, build a BASE, and THEN upgrade to rail in the same dedicated rights of way as the BUS used. SIMPLE!!!
Isis April 01, 2013 at 10:54 AM
YES! The Metro should have been out to Gainesville years ago! Get people OFF the roads.
Scott May 23, 2013 at 09:58 AM
Yes metro rail needs go to further out on I-66. This rail service is way behind and I doubt that it will ever catch up.
Scott May 23, 2013 at 10:08 AM
Yes metro rail needs to go further out on I-66 to Manassas 234, If not that we will take Centreville. this rail service is way behind and I doubt that it will ever catch up.
Scott May 23, 2013 at 10:08 AM
Yes!! metro rail needs to go further out on I-66 to Manassas 234, If not that we will take Centreville. this rail service is way behind and I doubt that it will ever catch up.
Scott May 23, 2013 at 10:11 AM
Yes!! metro rail needs to go further out on I-66 to Manassas 234, If not that we will take Centreville. This rail service is way behind and I doubt that it will ever catch up.
Shahid June 14, 2013 at 02:20 PM
I completely support this bill. I have a pretty nice house in Manassas area, and I work in Washington DC. But due to time it will take me to reach DC from Manassas every day. I have rented my house and living close to DC. It is just not possible if I don’t have 9 to 5 hours of work. I believe most of us have to be flexible at work every day. I do have to work as per work requirement that does not fall always in 9 to 5pm schedule. Therefore I fully the bill and would like to extend my gratitude to Rep. Gerry Connollly and Rep. Jim Moran.
Nick Maison October 03, 2013 at 08:29 AM
I'd prefer a light rail/ trolley system for the RT. 28 tech corridor to the new silver line in Dulles. This option requires less infrastructure and cost along with shorter timeframes to implement then a metro station. Additionally look to enhance the greenways of bike/walk pathways from Haymarket/Manassas to Centreville and inward. The answer does not always have to be robust just smarter.

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