County Transportation, Tysons Focus of Oct. 10 PDC Meeting

Fairfax County’s pressing transportation needs, including a major redevelopment of Tysons Corner, will be the focus of the next Providence District Council meeting, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m., at Thoreau Middle School’s library. Thoreau is located at 2505 Cedar Lane, Vienna VA 22180.

The Transportation Advisory Commission is holding meetings across the county, seeking public input on how Fairfax leaders should seek to finance $3 billion in unfunded transportation needs over the next 10 years. According to a county web page, “The Board of Supervisors has not made any decisions about whether to pursue adding funding for transportation. The purpose of this dialogue is to gauge the community’s interest, and to determine which revenue source might be most acceptable. The results of this effort will be shared with the Board.”

More details about the outreach effort are provided in this earlier post by PDC Vice Chair Carrie Nixon, who is a member of the Transportation Advisory Commission.

A discussion of future decision-making at Tysons Corner will be led by Tom Biesiadny, Director of the Fairfax County Department of Transportation, and Providence Supervisor Linda Smyth. On Oct. 16, the Board of Supervisors will receive a proposal from the Planning Commission that would finance extensive transportation improvements as part of the Tysons redevelopment, and hear public comment. A link to the county proposal is here. It recommends that federal, state and county taxpayers pick up $700 million  (in 2012 dollars) in transportation improvements in the areas surrounding Tysons, while land owners will pay for about $500 million in improvements inside Tysons.

The Tysons redevelopment also will be the focus of a Oct. 2 meeting by the McLean Citizens Association, starting at 7:30 p.m. at the McLean Community Center. MCA is urging the county to shift 75 percent of the transportation improvement costs to private land interests. PDC members have been invited to attend that session.

Please circulate this meeting invitation to your HOAs and civic associations.

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