Will it be for real Tyson's Corner 'burb' transformation into downtown urban living? The proposed project is already out there. The transformation wouldn't be possible without the help of Metro with four stops proposed for the neighborhood.
However, before we can see Metro stations in Tysons Corner, Washington Post reported that these are the challenges ahead: Engineering challenge, funding of the project and how the tracks will be built.
Many of us don't realize that Tysons actually sits on the highest elevation in Fairfax County, about 515 feet above sea level. Nice view from here. Once I had an office in the 8th floor of a building that sits on the highest point at Tysons area. On a clear day, the view is spectacular - you can see as far as Bethesda, Rockville in Maryland on one side and the Cathedral in DC on the other side. The hill is the biggest challenge of all for the engineers working on this project.
But for the engineers designing a Metrorail line to the area's malls and offices, the hill at Tysons Corner presents a significant obstacle: Railroad tracks generally must be laid flat or at very slight inclines. Otherwise, the steel wheels lose traction.