Thursday, March 23, 2006

MetroWest One Step Closer to Approval

MetroWest, a mixed-use project that would build 2,250 dwelling units and perhaps up to 6,000 residents on 56 acres near the Vienna Metro station, has received approval by the Fairfax County Planning Commission. The Board of Supervisors will hold a hearing March 27.

The MetroWest project, designed by Pulte Homes, is one of the most significant real estate developments in Virginia, representing a new model for how local governments can deal with traffic congestion. In exchange for permission to develop at greater density, Pulte has agreed to create a pedestrian- and transit-friendly community that will significantly cut local traffic congestion.

Keep your fingers crossed!


At 4:25 AM, Blogger Ray Hyde said...

There isn't the slightes bit of evidence that this project will reduce traffic congestion, auto ownership, or auto use. In approving the plan the supervisor's will have run roughshod over many citizens complaints that it will in fact increase congestion, not least of all on Metro itself.

Keep your fingers crossed that after the plan is approved it doesn't become the poster child of bad transportation planning that undoes the smart-growth movement.

At 8:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"increase congestion, not least of all on Metro itself"

Bingo, Ray. And there is nothing like waiting about half an hour as 3 or 4 packed trains zip past your Metro stop loaded to the seams, letting a few off and a few on while the platform get more and more crowded to make the average commuter decide that, all things considered, a solo ride in the car is better....

At 2:30 PM, Blogger Ray Hyde said...

Been there done that.

I watched a hairy, dirty construction worker in a muscle tee hanging on a strap.
Crushed into place with nose a few inches from his pits was an attractive, neatly dressed young woman, smashed into place like one of those exploding worms in a can.

The expression on her face was priceless, but I was afraid she was going to barf in my briefcase.

Cars are better. More expensive maybe, but not as much more expensive as claimed, if everthing is considered, and not even that much dirtier, all things considered. Yeah, they have drawbacks we could work on, but transit is never going to work, except for a niche market.


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