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Last Day for Input on 2012 Study on Dulles Bi-County Corridor

Last Day for Input on 2012 Study on Dulles Bi-County Corridor

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Jan. 2, 2013 is the last day for citizens to voice their opinions on the new Bi-County, formerly Tri-County North/South Dulles Corridor, for a 2012 General Assembly report. Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance, a nonprofit group of business people and residents within Northern Virginia, recommends residents demonstrate their support for the corridor by sending a message to Governor McDonnell. "The North/South Corridor is critical to the future of Dulles Airport, and the future of Dulles Airport is critical to Northern Virginia and the entire Commonwealth,” said Bob Chase, President of NVTA.

Comments on Proposed “North-South Corridor of Statewide Significance” (aka the Outer Beltway)

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On behalf of the Coalition for Smarter Growth, I wish to register our strongest objections to the conduct of the "North-South Corridor of Statewide Significance (COSS)" study and to the very concept of the proposal. Our first objection is to the lack of transparency and seriously inadequate public involvement and notice that have characterized this proposal from the outset, including...
Plans for Loudoun-Prince William highway move forward; crossing to Md. under discussion

Plans for Loudoun-Prince William highway move forward; crossing to Md. under discussion

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The major North-South highway that is being planned for Loudoun and Prince William counties got a public rollout of sorts last week. “Open houses” were held at Stone Bridge High School in Ashburn and the Four Points Sheraton in Manassas. There were no formal presentations for this new “Northern Virginia North-South Corridor,” just a series ofinformational boards that showed roughly where the limited-access highway would go and why local and state officials think it’s needed. This is not just the previously discussed Tri-County Parkway between I-66 and Route 50. This is the whole enchilada: a 45-mile limited-access highway from Route 7 in Ashburn all the way to I-95 in Dumfries. And the discussion is now officially beginning about extending this road across the Potomac River into Maryland, which makes the warnings from environmental and smart-growth groups of an emerging “Outer Beltway” connecting with the Intercounty Connector and then I-95 in Maryland seem more plausible.

VDOT Plays the Grinch for Northern Virginia Residents

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With less than two weeks notice, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) scheduled two public meetings this week on their "North-South Corridor of Statewide Significance," a revival of the long-controversial Outer Beltway. Not only are the meetings set amid the busy holiday season when it's hard for local residents to attend, but the comment period is scheduled to close on January 2nd, the day after the long holiday week -- a time guaranteed to ensure that few people will have the time to comment. Moreover, the meeting notice cannot be found on the main VDOT website, but is instead on a little known VTRANS website and the meetings will not be conducted in an open public hearing format.

Box Boom

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Vince Gray beamed as he strode down the aisle, trailed by a cluster of aides and constituents hoping for a photo with the mayor, clutching a fork in one hand and a plate of appetizers in the other. “Imagine how many jobs this will create!” he said. The scene last Wednesday was a preview reception at D.C.’s first Costco, the evening before the 154,000-square-foot store officially opened. Giddy Washingtonians, Marylanders, and local politicos availed themselves of the copious free food and gazed admiringly at the megajugs of liquor and electrical appliances stacked five feet high. Arriving almost exclusively by car, visitors put a solid dent in the Shops at Dakota Crossing’s 2,000-spot parking lot, near the heavily trafficked intersection of New York and South Dakota avenues NE.