BVSCA's May 4, 1998, Letter to Chairman Kathleen Seefeldt,
Transportation Planning Board
RE: Draft Regional Transportation Vision for the National
Dear Chairman Seefeldt:
This is to advise you that on April 28, 1998, the
Ballston-Virginia Square Civic Association (BVSCA) at its April
Membership Meeting reviewed and discussed the National Capital
Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB) proposed Vision
Statement. Overall, our Association of more than 300 dues-paid
members located in North Arlington, Virginia, whose boundaries
include the Virginia Square Metro Station and the Ballston-MU
Metro Station, congratulate the TPB for your comprehensive and
strategic planning document.
All the members present at the meeting expressed their
appreciation for this excellent long-range planning document.
Our members would like to share some observations about
the document, and would like to recommend several additions to
the document to help make it more meaningful for our Metropolitan
Washington area and our community.
Observations:BVSCA suggests that the Spider Web
Network, described under the 3 key concepts of the Vision, be
more clearly defined in terms of the jurisdictions. Some
members thought that the Outer Suburban Jurisdictions were
outside the Hub and Spoke diagram; whereas, others thought, it
was inside the green area of the diagram. The Spider Web Network
needs to be clearly labeled in terms of the Central
Jurisdictions, Inner Suburban Jurisdictions, and Outer Suburban
Jurisdictions. Also, some members expressed concern about the
Spider Web Network potentially adversely affecting the integrity
of neighborhoods inside the beltway, especially if additional
roads are added to cut through existing neighborhoods.
Under Item 3, Enhanced Funding Mechanisms, our Association
suggests that language be added (1) recommending the use of
gasoline taxes or highway trust funds for the use that
was originally intended to help close the funding gap, and (2) a
congestion tax method/technique be considered as a possible
long-range funding source.
Recommendations: Under Policy Goal #2 and Policy Goal
#5, BVSCA recommends two new Strategies for each goal, as
Policy Goal #2
(11) Encourage professional sports facility's development within
the District of Columbia core and around metro rail service.
(12) Extend, expand, and integrate rail service between
Washington Dulles International and National airports.
Policy Goal #5
(8) Encourage local jurisdictions to establish visitor parking
requirements for residential high-rises/townhouses.
(9) Develop and implement a regional public parking plan to
encourage increased use of public transit.
Please call me if you have any questions. Thank you.
Ernie Ragland, President
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