After the earlier post I did about a possible secret path to the West Falls Church Metro, I found some additional information that may explain things.
I was looking into the details on Phase Two of the Bicycle Master Plan for the greater Tysons Corner area when I recalled the question about an upgrade to a supposed shortcut to the metro. The plan includes a multitude of information and maps an on one of those there appeared to be marked plans for a new bike path going through or adjacent to the rail yard!
The “rail yard path” is designated as as a Secondary Shared Use Path and there are access improvements planned at the end of Redd Rd as well as various streets throughout Pimmit Hills. Unfortunately, I could not find any more specifics on the planned path as it mainly focused on the areas adjacent to the new metro stations.
(During the digging I did find some plans from 2003 for two different suggested paths, one ow which appears similar to the one above.)
When will we get to use this new shortcut? Phase one is scheduled for 2011-2013 and Phase 2 (which the rail yard path is part of) is scheduled for 2012-2016. It is likely subject to finding the funding – I wouldn’t go out getting that new bicycle just yet!