Parking Changes at Falls Church Metro Stations Start March 15
Coming soon to the East Falls Church and West Falls Church Metro Stations: a lot more "kissing and riding" and less parking. Even though neither the East Falls Church (EFC) nor West Falls Church (WFC) stations are in the City limits, we know a good number of residents, employees, and visitors rely on the trains for transportation. Below is the latest update.
In preparation for Metro's Orange Line summer shutdown
as part of their Platform Improvement Project, WMATA will be closing the surface parking lots
at the EFC and WFC stations for seven to nine months, beginning on March 15. That means there will be no parking whatsoever at the frequently full EFC station surface lot, with the Kiss and Ride open for pick-up and drop-off only. Parking at the WFC station will be down to half of the current space, and only in the garage (which WMATA expects will fill up by 7:00 a.m.).
Metro has suggested commuters utilize the Vienna and Dunn Loring stations as an alternative. We also have a few recommendations:
- Don't just stand there - bus to move: Find your closest bus station and learn the lines. The 3T bus goes to both WFC and EFC stations. Both the eastbound 2A and 3A lines go to EFC, while the westbound 28A bus route stops at WFC.
- Pedal to the platforms: Capital Bikeshare has docking stations near both EFC and WFC stations, and at $2 for a single trip it's cheaper than Metro parking. If you have your own bike, there are bike racks and lockers at WFC; there are not currently bike storage options at EFC.
- Start your own Carpool Karaoke: Catch a ride with a wheely-nice neighbor or that engine-ious coworker of yours. Don't know anybody headed your way? Commuter Connections helps with ride-matching through formal carpooling networks including their Carpool Now App.
- Trade WFC for WFH: While Working From Home is not an option for everyone, for those of us who sit in front of a computer screen clickity-clacking away the day, ask your employer if you can telework one or more days a week. Then you can clickity-clack without leaving your cul-de-sac.