May 25, 2023
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) began service at the brand-new Potomac Yard Metrorail Station.
Described as “the economic centerpiece for Alexandria’s future,” the 100,000-square-foot “infill” station will connect Potomac Yard, a mixed-use redevelopment built on a former rail yard, with the Northern Virginia and Washington, DC stations along WMATA’s Blue/Yellow Line. The Metro station is poised to be one of the country’s first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) certified rail stations.
“The opening of this station is a monumental achievement for the city, WMATA, and its contractors,” said Alexandria Mayor Justin Wilson. “More importantly, this station is the legacy of a legion of Alexandrians who never gave up the dream.”
Burns led design of the Potomac Yard station’s electric traction facilities, train control system, and fiber optic communications infrastructure. Additional services include coordinating advanced infrastructure systems’ implementation, integration, and commissioning.
“Burns is beyond thrilled to support WMATA and the Potomac Yard Constructors joint venture bring to life the long-held vision of creating a modern, safe, and reliable multi-modal transportation hub in the rapidly growing, Potomac Yard community,” said Burns Project Manager May Elkhattab, PE, PMP, DBIA.
“Successful delivery of the Potomac Yard Metrorail Station typifies how WMATA’s investments in transit-oriented development is enhancing connectivity throughout Greater Washington,” said Derek Brown, Burns’ Director, Washington, D.C. Region. “Burns is proud to support WMATA with engineering services that expand options for safe and affordable transportation. Extending rail service to Potomac Yard perfectly complements the ‘walkability’ of the Alexandria community.”