Monday, July 19, 2010

Getting Ready for U.S. 1 Transit

In 1994, then Delegate Toddy Puller pushed through legislation authorizing a new U.S. 1 Centerline Study to begin the process of substantially redeveloping U.S. 1 from Alexandria to Fredericksburg.

The study was completed last fall (16 years later), but it did not recommend a new centerline for U.S. 1 between Woodlawn and the City of Alexandria because the Federal Highway Administration requires a transit study for all road changes that contemplate transit improvements such as Metro or light rail.

I read about this during the session and raised the issue with our Congressmen. Congressman Connolly's office pointed out federal stimulus dollars were still available, so I raised the issue with Supervisor Gerry Hyland who got the ball rolling on a grant application. Last week, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors voted to apply for federal stimulus monies to complete the transit study for U.S. 1. The letter I wrote in support of the grant is below.

Anyone else who has an interest in seeing U.S. 1 transit become a reality should write to Secretary LaHood as well.

Delegate Scott Surovell Letter to Secretary Ray LaHood

1 comment:

  1. Got a little side tracked getting to VDOT link. Great letter and I hope we receive the grand funds! I wasn't even aware of a Museum in addition to the hospital. Honestly what are they thinking by not taking action on transportation issues. I'm glad you are pushing for this and I'm really glad I don't have to sit on Rt. 1 during rush hour!