LANHAM, Md.– It’s going to be a big year for the area formerly known as Tysons Corner, and more recently just as “Tysons” due to a re-branding effort by some.

Fairfax County expects that Phase 1 of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project, which will eventually connect Tysons to Reston, Herndon, and Dulles Airport, to be completed by August and have passenger service by December.

Phase 1 extends Metrorail from the existing Orange Line in Falls Church to Wiehle Avenue in Reston with four stations in Tysons.

The project is a pivotal step in a comprehensive revamp of the area. According to the county’s website, it “will be transformed into a walkable, sustainable, urban center that will be home to up to 100,000 residents and 200,000 jobs” by 2050.

A Washington Post report published Wednesday said the plan was adopted by the county two years ago, and implementation has begun in the form of bulldozing to make room for a walkable downtown and mixed-use areas.

Some believe that a successful redevelopment of Tysons could serve as a national or even global model for similar projects.

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