Environmental impact study completed for Potomac Yard Metro

WASHINGTON —The finalized environmental impact statement for the new Potomac Yard Metro station has been completed and is now available for public review.

As required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for major projects seeking federal funding, the statement describes and summarizes the potential environmental impacts of the proposed new Metro station.

“The Potomac Yard Metrorail Station is one step closer to reality,” said Mayor Allison Silberberg in a release. “The Final EIS reflects extensive community input and staff expertise and is the culmination of many years of coordination with the public, federal agencies, and other partners.”

The final environmental impact statement compares the “no build alternative” with the “preferred alternative” and it incorporates further design and refinement of the project to minimize community and environmental impacts, describing measures for avoiding, minimizing, or mitigating adverse impacts.

The Potomac Yard Metro Station would be built on Metro’s Yellow and Blue lines, between the existing Braddock Road and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport stations.

The new station is anticipated to be funded through a variety of sources including new tax revenue primarily from development around the station, regional transportation authority grants, developer contributions, and special tax district revenue.

The official 30-day review period for the Final EIS ends on July 11. The document is available online here. The statement can also be reviewed at several facilities throughout the City of Alexandria, including the following locations:

  • Alexandria Office of City Clerk – 301 King St., Room 2300, Alexandria
  • James M. Duncan Branch Library – 2501 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria
  • Charles E. Beatley, Jr. Central Library – 5005 Duke St., Alexandria
  • Cora Kelly Recreation Center – 25 West Reed Ave., Alexandria
  • Aurora Hills Branch Library – 735 S. 18th St., Arlington
  • Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), Office of the Secretary,
    600 Fifth Street, NW Room 2D-209, Washington, DC

Comments may be submitted to comments@potomacyardmetro.com.

Valerie Bonk

Valerie Bonk started working at WTOP in 2016 and has lived in Howard County, Maryland, her entire life. She's thrilled to be a reporter for WTOP telling stories on air. She works as both a television and radio reporter in the Maryland and D.C. areas. 

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