Dulles Garage Tunnel Access to Reopen By Thanksgiving

By Marcia McAllister

Remember when you could park at Daily Garage One at Washington Dulles International Airport and walk to the terminal via a tunnel with moving sidewalks? 

That tunnel from the garage to the United Airlines end of the terminal has been closed since January 2016 to permit upgrades construction of the Dulles Airport Metro Station.

With Thanksgiving approaching there is good news: the tunnel is about to be re-opened. Those who park in the garage will again be able to take rebuilt moving sidewalks to the main terminal.

This means shuttle buses which have picked up parking customers at garage will no longer serve this garage but travelers will have quicker, convenient trips using the mobile sidewalks. 

Travelers and other airport users should be on the lookout for press announcements that will provide specific dates for the re-opening.

When Phase 2 of the Silver Line opens in 2020, the new tunnel also will serve customers arriving at Dulles via Silver Line trains. The tunnel work is being done by the Washington Metropolitan Airports Authority as part of its Silver Line construction project.

New signage throughout the airport and in the parking garage will direct passengers to the tunnel. When completed, Phase 2 will run from the Wiehle-Reston East Station to the future Ashburn Station in eastern Loudoun.

Meanwhile, construction progresses at the Innovation Station which continues to be the centerpiece of discussion about Jeff Bezos’ search for an East Coast headquarters for Amazon.  And, Fairfax County, which is building a commuter parking garage on the south side of that station, says its staff is working to resolve settlement problems at the facility. The county says the garage will still be completed in plenty of time to meet
project schedules.

In addition, work continues at the south pedestrian pavilion leading to the Reston Station and on the Herndon South Pavilion.