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Next stop Tysons, but which one?

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Capital Land,Kytja Weir

Fairfax County has chosen its top names for future Metro stations along the Dulles Rail extension, and yes, you might  notice some duplication. Tysons, Tysons, Tysons? Herndon, Herndon? Reston, Reston?

The Board of Supervisors approved eight names on Tuesday for the eight stations that will be built in the county for the so-called Silver Line, county spokesman Brian Worthy said. The extension of the Metrorail system has 11 stations slated for the 23-mile line currently under construction.

Four of the names chosen have the term Tysons, while two others have Reston and the remaining two are Herndon derivatives.

The supervisors had whittled the list down from 41 recommendations. They had to use Metro’s naming parameters that require geographic locators – hence all those Tysons – but also pithiness (nothing longer than 19 characters) and the names were supposed to be “distinctive and evoke imagery.”

The county backed the following names:

  • Tysons-McLean
  • Tysons I&II
  • Tysons Central
  • Tysons-Spring Hill Rd
  • Reston-Wiehle Ave
  • Reston Town Center
  • Herndon-Reston West
  • Herndon-Dulles East

Metro’s board of directors still has to approve the names. But the clock is ticking. Officials will start the process of getting station signs in the fall so they can all be ready when the first stations are finished in 2013.

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