Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Open House Tonight for North-South Corridor Master Plan

Tonight, Wednesday, Dec. 19, Virginia’s Office on Intermodal Planning and Investment will hold an open house meeting in Manassas to receive public input on the Northern Virginia North-South Corridor Master Plan, one of  12 Corridors of Statewide Significance recently established by the Commonwealth Transportation Board.

Tonight's meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Four Points Sheraton,10800 Vandor Lane, Manassas. A similar meeting was held in Ashburn last night. 

The 45-mile corridor is the area generally east and west of Route 234 /Prince William Parkway, the Tri-County Parkway alignment approved the CTB between I-95 and Route 50, and connections to the Dulles Greenway and Route 7.

The purpose of the corridor is to ensure adequate multimodal capacity and access to Dulles Airport and the surrounding area, including the travel needs for both people and goods;  accommodate projected high employment and population growth within the corridor over the next 30 years, and the associated growing need for north-south travel movements;  connect the corridor by transit and other more sustainable transportation modes such as high occupancy vehicles and bicycle/pedestrian trails, and protect environmental, community and historical resources in any future plans for the corridor.
The public is invited to review and comment on two alternatives:

Alternative 1 would improve access to Dulles Airport, link several planned roadway improvements within the North-South Corridor; and expand bicycle and pedestrian trails throughout the corridor.

Alternative 2 would add high occupancy vehicle and high occupancy toll (HOV/HOT) lanes and high-frequency transit from I-95 to Dulles Airport. Carpools with three or more persons would ride free; others would pay a toll during peak periods. Alternative 2 also includes bicycle and pedestrian improvements in the corridor.

More information on the study is available at
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