Testimony & Letters

Alexandria: Comments on BRAC Transportation Issues

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I attended the BRAC-133 meeting last night and I regret that our other commitments have not allowed us to evaluate the transportation issues and Transportation Management Plan for the Army’s Mark Center project. Last night’s meeting and a quick review of the TMP raise the following issues that we believe need to be evaluated:
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Virginia: Commonwealth Transportation Board 2011-2017 Six-Year Plan

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First, our oil dependency and the world of higher energy prices that we can expect -- with just 5% of the world’s population we use 25% of the world’s oil; 70% of that goes to transportation. The spike in gas prices in 2007 showed our vulnerability and is seen by some as the final straw that broke the back of the speculative real estate market. Gas prices increased 3-4 times what they were in 2000 and this broke many families’ budgets. Commuter buses were swamped and transit ridership continued to grow even after prices fell back. The cost to own a car according to AAA can be $7000 to $8000 per year. The family that has to own two or three cars is spending money that it could be saving for college educations or to invest in a business.
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Fairfax County: Comments on the Draft Tysons Corner Comprehensive Plan

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Bus Rapid Transit for I-66 and I-95 should not be “post-2020” but accelerated to be complete by 2020 at the latest. This is particularly true given the recent award of Bus Priority Corridor funding by the federal government and the strong bi-partisan interest in I-66 BRT.
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Prince George’s County: Letter to Chairman of the Planning Board

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We request that the board not approve the DSP as proposed but request a full revision of the “Commons at Addison Road” in order that ensure the project conform with transit- and pedestrian-oriented design standards in the Approved Sector Plan and Sectional Map Amendment for Addison Road Metro Town Center and Vicinity (ARM).
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Request to WMATA Jurisdiction Leaders to Give Their Fair Share to Metro

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A letter from the Coalition for Smater Growth urging regional leaders to contribute funding to help ease WMATA's FY2011 deficit and avoid further fare increases and service cuts.
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