Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Super NoVA Transit/Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Vision Plan

Springfield mixing bowl
Springfield "mixing" bowl bringing I-95, I-495 and I-395 together in Fairfax County, Virginia. Washington Post photo by Richard Lipski.

According to Arlington Now blog, in "Super NoVa Study to Address Traffic Issues":

The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation has launched a study, called the Super NoVA Transit/Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Vision Plan, examining transit in Northern Virginia. It evaluates issues such as commuting patterns and projected travel demand for what is considered one of the most congested areas in the entire state.

The study will look at possible enhancements for transit and provide a vision for improving mobility throughout the region without increasing the number of vehicles occupied by only one person. When completed in the fall, the study will lay out short-term strategies along with long-term solutions through 2040.

Meetings are being held throughout Northern Virginia to explain the study and collect public input. DRPT will hold an open house on Tuesday at the Crystal City Shops from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., in front of the Rite Aid Pharmacy (1671 Crystal Square Arcade).

This is extremely important given that all the various plans in Northern Virginia for extending the WMATA subway system aren't coordinated with overall transportation planning for the region.

(In fact a number of the ideas in my Metropolitan Mass Transit Planning presentation are in response to that fact and similar failings in transportation planning around the metropolitan area.)

And having hard goals for limiting trip increases despite the forecasted increase in population is important (and gutsy).

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