You have questions. So do we!

How will new stations differ from the Walter Reed prototype?

The Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization is working with the County to bring you a series of articles answering the important questions about the Columbia Pike Transit Stations coming this fall.

Read Part II: How will transit stations benefit Columbia Pike?
Read Part III: What do the transit stations cost?
Read Part IV: How long will Phase I construction of the first four stations take?

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Community Feedback on Walter Reed Prototype

In 2013, Arlington County completed a thorough review of the Walter Reed prototype “Super Stop,” gathering community feedback on the design, cost, operation, and more.


Weather Protection
• Inadequate rain/wind protection
• Glass canopy retains heat


• High curb causes difficulty utilizing wheelchair ramps


Other Layout/Design
• Unclear boarding area and insufficient pedestrian space
• Lack of standing room
• Stainless steel seating uncomfortable and not water repellent


The Walter Reed Prototype’s costs were widely viewed as unreasonable and exorbitant. The new budget has significantly reduced the project’s costs. CPRO will provide additional details in future articles.

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Updated Design

In 2014, the County Manager presented an updated plan for the transit stations that addressed the community’s concerns. The following design changes will be implemented with the new stations this fall.


Weather Protection
✓ Larger, lower canopy for better rain protection
✓ Added walls/windshields
✓ Patterned roof provides shading, eases direct sunlight


✓ Raised curb height provides near-level boarding and improved operation with wheelchair ramps


Other Layout/Design
✓ 90 – 120 ft platform clarifies boarding area and increases pedestrian space where available
✓ More comfortable seating and leaning rails

The Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization will continue to work with the County to keep the public updated as we learn more about the project timeline, budget, and future phases.

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Want to learn more about Columbia Pike Transportation Projects?

Check the County’s official project pages for updates and watch Board Chair Christian Dorsey and Member Katie Cristol share additional details behind the planned transit stations along Columbia Pike in the video below.