East Falls Church station

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East Falls Church
WMATA Metro Logo.svg WMATA Orange.svg WMATA Silver.svg rapid transit station
East Falls Church station from inbound end of platform.jpg
Location2001 North Sycamore Street
Arlington, VA 22205
Owned byWashington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
Platforms1 island platform
Bus stands4
Bus operatorsBus transport Metrobus: 2A, 3A, 3T, 15K, 26A
Bus transport Arlington Transit
Structure typeSurface
Parking422 spaces
Bicycle facilities12 racks, 6 lockers
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station codeK05
OpenedJune 7, 1986; 33 years ago (June 7, 1986)
Passengers (2017)3,955 daily [1]Decrease 0.65%
Preceding station WMATA Metro Logo.svg Washington Metro Following station
West Falls Church
toward Vienna
Orange Line Ballston–MU
McLean Silver Line Ballston–MU

East Falls Church is an island-platformed Washington Metro station in Arlington, Virginia on the Orange and Silver Lines. East Falls Church station is the last aboveground, at grade, or open cut station for eastbound trains. East of this station, the trains heading toward downtown DC descends underground, therefore leaving the median of I-66 and entering subway mode.

The station serves the communities of Falls Church and Arlington, Virginia and is located in the median of Interstate 66 near Lee Highway (U.S. Route 29). Service began on June 7, 1986. East Falls Church has a parking lot with 422 spaces on the Lee Highway side of the station.

Transit-oriented development[edit]

Of the six stations on the Orange Line in Arlington, East Falls Church has the least transit-oriented development. Unlike the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor, East Falls Church station is located in the median of Interstate 66, posing pedestrian access issues.[2] Arlington County is currently considering plans to develop the site.[3]


The station opened on June 7, 1986, as part of the final westward extension of the Orange Line to Vienna.[4] Its opening coincided with the completion of 9.1 miles (14.6 km) of rail west of the Ballston station and the opening of the West Falls Church, Dunn Loring, and Vienna stations.[4]

The Silver Line began service on July 26, 2014, resulting in East Falls Church becoming the final transfer point before its split with the Orange Line.[5]

In May 2018, Metro announced an extensive renovation of platforms at twenty stations across the system. The platform at the East Falls Church station would be rebuilt starting in early 2021.[6]

Station layout[edit]

Similar to all stations within the Interstate 66 median apart from West Falls Church, East Falls Church utilizes a simple island platform setup with two tracks. There is an exit in the central part of the platform that leads to a mezzanine on the western side of North Sycamore Street. The station's parking lot and bus bays are located to the north of this exit at the southwestern corner of the intersection of North Sycamore Street and North Washington Boulevard.[2]

Platform level
Westbound WMATA Orange.svg toward Vienna (West Falls Church)
WMATA Silver.svg toward Wiehle–Reston East (McLean)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Eastbound WMATA Orange.svg toward New Carrollton (Ballston–MU)
WMATA Silver.svg toward Largo Town Center (Ballston–MU)
M Mezzanine One-way faregates, ticket machines, station agent
G Street level Exit/entrance


  1. ^ "Metrorail Average Weekday Passenger Boardings" (PDF). Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. May 2017. Retrieved February 17, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Station Vicinity Map: East Falls Church" (PDF). WMATA. Retrieved March 28, 2018.
  3. ^ "East Falls Church Planning at a Glance". arlingtonva.us. Projects & Planning. Retrieved August 29, 2018.
  4. ^ a b Lynton, Stephen J. (June 8, 1986), "9.1 more miles for Metrorail", The Washington Post, p. C1
  5. ^ "All aboard! Metro's new Silver Line rolls down the tracks for the first time". Washington Post. Retrieved March 28, 2018.
  6. ^ "Metro wants to rebuild 20 station platforms over three years, creating SafeTrack-like disruptions". Washington Post. May 7, 2018. Retrieved February 19, 2019.

External links[edit]

Media related to East Falls Church (WMATA station) at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 38°53′10″N 77°09′24″W / 38.886038°N 77.156531°W / 38.886038; -77.156531