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Metro riders weigh in on Dulles Rail, station names

Friday - 3/9/2012, 2:16pm  ET

Adam Tuss, wtop.com

WASHINGTON - There are a lot of unanswered questions about the Dulles Rail Project, the largest transportation project in the region. Friday, the public got a chance to weigh in.

Leaders with the project held an hour long online chat. It was an opportunity to inquire about everything from the cost of the project to the names of the new Metro stations.

A broad range of topics were covered. Here is a sampling of the question and answers:

Resident: Please do not call the new Metro stations the same names like was proposed back last summer. Those names were confusing with them all having the name Tysons or Herndon depending on the location. For Metro, I like shorter, simpler names. No one calls "Vienna" Vienna-Fairfax. No one calls "West Falls Church" West Falls Church VT-UVA. Thank you for your taking comments and doing a survey.

Nicholas Perfili, Dulles Rail Project planner: We are working to develop station names that are unique to each station, station area and brief to assist passengers with travel on the Metrorail system. As we noted previously, WMATA has indicated to Fairfax County staff that Silver Line station names previously recommended were confusing to riders. To fit with the station naming policy, names proposed must be unique and will not include the repeated use of the same name.

Click here to check out the full chat.

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