The day before Metro opened the Silver Line extension, NOVA’s Reston Center and Marymount University’s Reston Center joined forces with Fairfax County Supervisor Cathy Hudgins (Hunter Mill) to honor those who helped make the Metro’s Silver Line a reality. Notable local honorees, dubbed Silver Line Community Champions, included former Fairfax County Board of Supervisors chair Kate Hanley, Delegate Kenneth Plum, Reston Chamber’s Mark Ingrao and Dulles Corridor Rail Association’s Patti Nicoson, among others.
Marymount University President Matthew Shank, NOVA Vice President Tony Bansal and Loudoun Provost Julie Leidig welcomed the guests.
NOVA speakers acknowledged the great fortune of finally having a NOVA building across the street from a Metro station, while underscoring the community’s need for a permanent educational home along the Silver Line. The Fairfax County Board recently approved a land use plan that calls for the Wiehle-Reston East station to be distinctly characterized as an “education-focused neighborhood.”
Already accustomed to making good things happen together, NOVA and Marymount University have official “2+2” (two years at NOVA and two years at Marymount) program agreements in both interior design and business administration degrees. The new Metro line promises to bring new higher education opportunities to the community.
NOVA’s Reston Center, a golden opportunity on the Silver Line, is part of the Loudoun Campus. Beginning Aug. 19, the College will operate a dedicated weekday shuttle bus service between the Wiehle-Reston East Station/NOVA’s Reston Center and the Loudoun Campus in Sterling, Va., including the adjacent Signal Hill site.