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Hudgins: Wiehle Traffic Won't Be Worse

Hunter Mill Supervisor tells WTOP gridlock after Metro opens won't be worse than what is already here.

Hunter Mill Supervisor Cathy Hudgins tells WTOP that she does not forsee big traffic problems on Wiehle Avenue after the Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station opens later this year.

"I live one block from Wiehle Avenue, and I don't think it's going to have any more gridlock than we have today," Hudgins said. "Will there be some hard days in the beginning? I think you're right. But the larger part of the message is that it's an asset coming here."

Hudgins' comments came in a story the radio station did on the potential for gridlock when the Silver Line opens. Wiehle-Reston East, where a 2,300-spot parking garage is now under construction, will be the end of the Silver Line for many years.

However, Reston 2020 and traffic analysts are predicting big trouble if road improvements are not made, partiularly at Wiehle and Sunset Hills.

More: 

Entire WTOP report.

Reston Citizens Association report Wiehle Station Access: Trouble Ahead.

Reston Patch stories on the Silver Line.

Bruce Wright February 20, 2013 at 01:06 PM
Lilguy, I'l be glad to safety ride with you to the Wiehle station from any direction. My wife and I do it almost every day. The most dangerous area is the Wiehle/Sunset Hills interchange where motorists regularly run the red light when turning right on red. If those streets are widened, conditions will only get worse for pedestrians and bicyclists. Cycling to the station isn't for everyone but it's the best option for me and many others.
HarleyGirl February 21, 2013 at 11:49 AM
Really Pamela...what is your point in the above post? Suck it up or move? That's a very helpful suggestion indeed.
Kathy February 21, 2013 at 02:18 PM
Actually there are 7,500 parking spaces at the Wiehle station. 2,300 are for the people commuting. The rest are for the commercial and residential buildings being built above the parking garage. We are looking at a very big mess at Wiehle. Total gridlock. Kathy Kaplan
Java Master February 23, 2013 at 05:53 AM
"...almost everyone in Reston could do so [bike or walk to the metro station] is they wanted to." A patently ridiculous statement on its face for obvious reasons. Bikes are a great form of recreation, but are only fair for commuting and comingling with traffic, impossible if your wearing a suit, or in inclement weather ,especially if one cannot change and shower at work. The Bike to Work people are indeed an idealistic bunch, but some are just anti-auto, radical enviro types.
Dave Overbagh March 03, 2013 at 05:14 PM
Jim, I agree with you that the bus routes are not well thought out. The key to making the Whiele Avenue station work is to have a coordinated set of bus routes connecting all parts of Reston. Right now and the planned bus routes do not include the east end of Lawyers Road or the South end of Twin Branches Road. Good bus routes will encourage people not to drive to the station. Also, little thought has been given by the county to providing daytime bus transportation from the station to serve the offices in the area. Reston will change with the train. No longer will we be sending people by car to work; we will be an urban attraction, bringing workers by public transportation to Reston. We need to be ready for this.

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