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Posted at 2:09 PM ET, 12/21/2010

BRAC-133 parking plan trimmed

By Christy Goodman

The Secretary of the Army is required to submit transportation plans and identify funding for traffic improvements surrounding the new Washington Headquarters Service building at Mark Center in Alexandria.

The legislation authored by Rep. James P. Moran Jr. (D-Va.) capping parking to 1,000 spaces at the new building complex off Interstate 395 and Seminary Road until the various road improvements were completed was trimmed down in the Defense Reauthorization Act. The House passed the pared-down bill Friday.

Senators "took everything out that they considered an earmark," Moran said Tuesday. "The compromise puts the onus on the Pentagon to show how they are going to pay for the infrastructure, as well as identifying what infrastructure needs to be in place before the move takes place."

The new building is part of the Base Realignment and Closure process, known as BRAC-133. Some 6,400 federal employees are scheduled to move in September 2011.

A report reviewing the environmental and transportation measures taken for the Alexandria site is due from the Defense Department's Inspector General's Office in February.

Moran said he would work to add his original language into next year's Defense Authorization and appropriations bills.

He and several other federal legislators from Virginia recently requested Gov. Bob McDonnell to use unallocated state transportation dollars for BRAC projects. The governor requested more federal funding.

By Christy Goodman  | December 21, 2010; 2:09 PM ET
Categories:  BRAC, Northern Virginia  
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6400 employees, fewer than 1000 parking spaces, and no public transportation hubs nearby. How in the Sam Hill do they expect people to get there?

Posted by: nan_lynn | December 21, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

They plan to run shuttle buses from the Franconia-Springfield Metro stop. But because the idiots didn't think to get an HOV ramp built on the southern side of the Seminary Road interchange with I-395 (i.e., it would be an HOV offramp in the morning and an onramp in the afternoon), the shuttle buses will have to sit out in the local lanes with everyone else. What they ought to do is run the shuttle buses from the Pentagon. That way they run against the traffic and they'll give the workers access to the slug dropoff and pickup sites at the Pentagon. People going to and from the Pentagon are some of the biggest users of the slug system.

Posted by: 1995hoo | December 21, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, the world would be a much better place if people listened to members of the UVA Class of '95

Posted by: slar | December 21, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

The Corps of Engineers knew about the potential transportation issues well before they ever broke ground for the BRAC-133 complex. Their plan was to take a large chunk, if not all, of the Winkler Botanical Preserve, located southwest of the BRAC-133 site, by eminent domain, for construction of an overhead ramp into the complex. (View the site from Google maps and see how the rear parking structure is oriented toward ramp access from northbound I-395.) The thinking was that an up-front attempt to grab the preserve would have delayed the project, and that once the project was nearing completion, they could prevail on the powers-that-be to condemn the preserve.

Posted by: Physical_Security_Spec | December 21, 2010 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, the world would be a much better place if people listened to members of the UVA Class of '95

Posted by: slar | December 21, 2010 4:51 PM

I don't see you making any suggestions. Put up or shut up, as they say.

Posted by: 1995hoo | December 22, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

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