Frequently Asked Questions

Is there commuter parking at the new station?

There is no Metro-operated parking garages at Potomac Yard Station. However, there are privately-owned commercial parking facilities in the area.

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What bus routes serve Potomac Yard Station?

Multiple bus routes serve Potomac Yard Station, including:

  • Metroway - Potomac Yard Line to Pentagon City and Braddock Rd stations
    • Metroway runs every 20 minutes or better, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day
  • DASH Line 33 to King St-Old Town Station
  • DASH Line 34 to Lee Center
  • DASH Line 36 to Mark Center

For more detailed bus service and boarding locations, please visit the station page.

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What are the hours of operation at Potomac Yard Station and how often do trains run?

The hours of operation at the Potomac Yard Station are the same as the rest of the Metrorail system. At station opening, trains service the station every 4-6 minutes weekdays and every 6-8 minutes after 9:30 p.m. and on weekends.  For the latest service information, visit the rail service page.

Metrorail Hours of Operation (May 19, 2023):

Monday - Thursday 5 am to 12 am
Friday 5 am to 1 am
Saturday 7 am to 1 am
Sunday 7 am to 12 am

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Do I need a SmartTrip® card to travel on Metro?

All customers must use a SmartTrip® card or pay using mobile pay on their smartphone.

SmarTrip cards are used to pay fares on both Metrorail and Metrobus, as well as several of Metro's regional bus providers. Each customer must pay a fare; however, two children under age five may travel free with a paying customer.

Use the SmartTrip app for IOS and Android to purchase a transit card and tap-and-go at Metro stations. SmartTrip® cards can also be purchased online and at Metro fare vending machines, commuter stores, and authorized retailers.

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Will Potomac Yard Station be LEED certified?

Yes. Potomac Yard is anticipated to become one of the first transit agencies in the U.S. to certify a station project under the LEED BD+C: Transit Stations pilot rating system and is actively engaging in the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Transit pilot program to test new criteria for green building design and construction of transit stations. LEED is the most widely used green building certification standard.

Potomac Yard Station is also providing important feedback for adapting LEED standards for rail station design and construction. This feedback is shaping the future of the LEED BD+C: Transit Stations program.

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What is an infill station?

An infill station is a train station built on an existing passenger rail, rapid transit, or light rail line to address demand in a location between existing stations. As the area has grown, so has the need for an infill station in the Alexandria area. Potomac Yard Station will be Metro's second infill station. The first was NoMa - Gallaudet U station, which opened in 2004.

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Will there be artwork at the Potomac Yard Station?

Yes. Art installations by award-winning artist Rob Ley are at the North Pavilion on the front exterior of the elevator tower, as well as another at the South Pavilion on the west, south, and east facades at the mezzanine level. For more information about the artwork, check out the Potomac Yard Art in Transit page.

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What bike amenities are available near Potomac Yard Station?

There is a Bike & Ride facility with storage for 49 bikes located at the right of the station's North Entrance. The Bike & Ride will provide 24-hour, secure bike parking once facility construction is complete. Customers who want to park their bicycles must have a registered SmartTrip card and sign up to use the free bike parking area. Capital Bikeshare is located two blocks west of the South Entrance.

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