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Posted at 8:12 PM ET, 10/22/2010

Silver Line names that mean something

By washingtonpost.com editors

By Lawrence D. Powers
Falls Church

In the Oct. 21 Metro article “Metro extension giving Tysons a split personality,” Rick Stevens of the Fairfax County Department of Transportation, referring to the proposed new station name “Tysons Blvd.,” is quoted as saying, “Everyone knows where Tysons Boulevard is.” I have lived in Northern Virginia for 47 years, 27 of them in Reston and the last six near Tysons, and I don’t know where Tysons Boulevard is.

It seems to me that the earlier proposed name for this station, Tysons Central 123, is much more descriptive of its location (as is the earlier “Tysons Central 7” for its sister station). I know where Routes 123 and 7 are.

I did relate, however, to the reference in the article to “dairy farms” at Tysons six decades ago. Indeed, shortly after arriving in the Washington area from graduate school at Purdue University in 1959, I drove out to Tysons Corner (by motor scooter — I couldn’t afford a car yet) to visit a former housemate at his parents’ home, a dairy farm on Route 7.

By washingtonpost.com editors  | October 22, 2010; 8:12 PM ET
Categories:  D.C., Metro, Virginia  
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