Thursday, June 23, 2005

Walking in Tysons Corner

Metrorail's planned $1.5 billion extension west toward Dulles Intl Airport includes four stops in Tysons Corner, and it will need every penny from passengers there to succeed. But first planners have to figure out how to break the automobile's dominance there - which won't be easy, says the Washington Post.

Right now Tysons is anything but a traditional city. And the biggest hurdle is Route 7, a huge pipeline of commuter traffic and a dangerous crossing for pedestrians.

The Post says nobody's done a makeover on this scale, which begs the question - Is it too late to change Tysons?

3 Comments:

At 8:09 AM, Blogger Jim Bacon said...

People have been studying ways to make Tysons more pedestrian friendly for years. Nothing much has happened. The problem is that you'd have to tear down the whole place--buildings, streets, parking lots--and start from scratch.

 
At 8:05 PM, Anonymous Paul said...

Quick correction. The Dulles Rail project is projected at 3.5 billion. 75% of that comes from VA (25% local and 50% state).

I honestly doubt we can do it at anything close to that cheap. The pedestrian improvements in Tysons are an example of things that need to be factored in.

 
At 12:15 AM, Blogger Ray Hyde said...

Tyson's is too big to walk. In order to make it pedestrian friendly it would need four Metro stops, for a starter. At a couple of hundred million per stop, someone should ask how much we are willing to susidize pedestrians.

You think roads are expensive?

 

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