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RCA Report Offers Fixes For Wiehle Congestion

Advocacy group predicts congestion ahead, despite - or maybe because of - Metro's Wiehle-Reston East station opening in December 2013.

The Reston Citizens Association is offering some solutions to what it predicts will be a huge traffic problem when Metrorail's Silver Line opens in December 2013.

In a new report titled Wiehle Metro Station Access: Congestion Ahead, the citizens advocacy group says Fairfax County has not made Wiehle station readily accessible to all who might want to get there.

"Some important improvements are being made around the station, in part in conjunction with the Comstock (parking garage) project," the report says. "However, several important projects have not been built and are unlikely to be completed during the period the Wiehle station is the end of the line."

In 2008, a dedicated group of Reston residents and County officials completed the Wiehle Avenue/Reston Parkway Station Access ManagementPlans Final Report (RMAG). RMAG made several recommendations to improve accessibility, but many have not been adopted by the county so far, RCA says.

Wiehle is the final stop for Phase 1 of the Silver Line. It will be the end of the line for the Silver Line until Phase 2 — which will extend the rail from Wiehle to Dulles International Airport and into Asburn — is completed about five years later.

RCA says the county should consider extending Soapstone Drive across the Dulles Toll Road, as well as adding a grid of streets around the station and an exclusive bus lane.

The report also criticizes the lack of access for residents south of the Dulles Toll Road. The group points out the escalators that are near the parking lots of an office complex - that does not offer parking for Metro riders. One of RCA's recommendations is that Metro have discussions with Vornado, the office buildings' owners, about parking or at least kiss-and-ride or bus access there.

Among other recommendations: That Fairfax County establish a program to encourage alternatives to single occupant vehicle trips to the Wiehle Station  and that RA and RCA form a joint subcommittee to review and comment on the details of the proposed bus service.

Meanwhile, the Texas Transportation Institute says DC area traffic is the worst. Will it get better with the opening of the Silver Line? To see the entire RCA report, see the PDF attached to this story.

Read RCA president Colin Mills' thoughts on the report here.

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Lilguy February 06, 2013 at 03:47 PM
Where the (blankety-blank) has the Fairfax government been in the five years since it received and accepted an excellent report on what needed to be done to prepare for the coming of Metro to Wiehle? Oh, yeah, I forgot, they are building Oz at Tysons that will produce nothing but gold for county coffers, wealth for developers, and high-paying jobs for everyone everywhere.
The BSD Guy February 06, 2013 at 08:01 PM
That's right Lilguy....if you put up an empty office building, jobs just start growing out of it. The only reason the "Shrine to Over Development" at the intersection Hunter Mill, the toll road, and Sunrise Valley remains completely empty after 12 years is that the developers, Cathy Hudgins, and all county officials didn't use enough fertilizer (not enough BS). If they had used the right fertilizer, jobs would have grown out of empty buildings and money would just be falling from the sky. Also, in case you didn't hear, over development leads to LESS congestion. This was one of the MAGICAL THEORIES developers have been presenting to our mentally challenged ...... errrrrrrr, I mean BRILLIANT supervisor. That's right .... if you add more people tightly packed into a confined area, YOU GET LESS TRAFFIC. Not that the Board of Supervisors and Cathy Hudgins are idiots or anything.....
Terry Maynard February 07, 2013 at 04:05 PM
For those who want more background and a lot of detail on the County's slow response to the need for traffic, bus, bike, and pedestrian improvements with the coming of Wiehle Metrorail, please see the following: The 2008 RMAG report: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fcdot/sam_study.htm The 2010 Reston 2020 Transportation Work Group report: http://www.scribd.com/doc/32716465/Reston-Transportation-Meeting-the-Needs-of-a-21st-Century-Planned-Community-Transportation-Work-Group-RCA-Reston-2020-Committee-June-1-2010 Like those above (although maybe a little less virulently), I find the County's inability to plan and implement a transportation program for a certainty (the opening of Wiehle Metro station) with as much as five years notice is, at best, discouraging.
Sally Singer Brodsky February 07, 2013 at 09:35 PM
Thank you, Terry. I am looking forward to reading this.

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