Senator seeks fix for Mall traffic
A U.S. senator from Virginia has had it with tour buses clogging roads around the Mall and he is calling on D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty to do something about it.
Sen. Jim Webb (D) said in a letter sent to Fenty and the National Park Service chief Jonathan Jarvis that traffic around the downtown park had become "unsustainable."
The crush of spring and summer tour buses, which often park illegally, Webb said, is "reducing both the quality of life for area commuters and our visitors' experience."
The senator offered four remedies: crack down on double-parking, expand bus parking and drop-off areas, encourage tourists to use trains, and coordinate tour times to avoid rush hours.
Washington had about 14.8 million U.S. visitors in 2009, generating more than $5.2 billion in spending, according to the tourism bureau Destination D.C.
Read Webb's letter.
-- Mike McPhate
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