Transit advisory group wish list
An advisory group of Alexandria citizens and officials put together a list of demands Thursday night for a new transit study focusing on three busy corridors: Beauregard and Van Dorn streets; Duke Street and Eisenhower Avenue; and Route 1 and Washington Street.
Any system studied for these areas must be faster, reliable and more convenient than a car, without being too noisy, cause vibrations or impacting the quality of life and character in each neighborhood it passes through, said members of the High Capacity Transitway Corridor Work Group.
The study must identify who will ride these services, why and where they are going before proceeding. The system also should connect to other proposed or existing regional systems and keep cyclists in mind, they said. The advisory group said they would look for the most advanced, clean technologies for the best prices and keep in mind current parking and transit options.
The group said they will plan future meetings in each affected area that is accessible by transit. The study is expected to focus on the Beauregard corridor first, followed by the other two zones. A full report is due June 2011.
Representatives from Kimley-Horn, the transit consultants, said they would review not only existing transportation studies and city planning documents, but also the plans that are still in process, such as the Beauregard Corridor Small Area Plan.
City officials are seeking comments to guide the study. Contact Steve Sindiong, a city transportation planner, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
-- Christy Goodman
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