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Community Meeting on Transportation Funding Plan is Thursday

by Dave Emke — January 17, 2017 at 11:30 am 16 Comments

Traffic on Reston Parkway/Credit: Reston 2020

The next community meeting for the Reston Transportation Funding Plan is scheduled to be held Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the North County Governmental Center (1801 Cameron Glen Drive).

The Reston Network Analysis Advisory Group consists of locals who seek feedback from people who are the most affected by local development and changes to the transportation system. Through the Reston Network Analysis, the county seeks to evaluate the effectiveness of pedestrian-friendly streets and paths around the Wiehle-Reston East Metro station, as well as the future Reston Town Center and Herndon stops.

The committee’s most recent meeting on planned projects, estimated to cost more than $2 billion over the next 40 years, was held Dec. 19. Projects being discussed include:

Reston Transportation Funding Plan

The transit areas are expected to see the greatest level of development — and will need the most street grid, lane additions and traffic signals, among other improvements — as Reston grows over the coming decades.

The cost of the improvements is expected to be a public/private split, roughly 50/50. In this framework, Reston roadway projects would be paid for with public revenue, while intersections and the grid would be covered by private funding. A significant portion of the private funding “is expected to be paid for through in-kind contributions to the grid from developers as redevelopment occurs,” the committee says.

The advisory group works with the county and the Virginia Department of Transportation to come up with ways to secure funding for Reston’s network and maintaining local roadways. Last fall, RNAG expressed strong opposition to creating a special tax district, in which residents who live near the Metro stations would be taxed to help with road improvements.

  • Constance (Connie) Hartke

    A little clarification on the last sentence. The wording is incorrect – should read:
    Last fall, RNAG expressed strong opposition to creating a special tax district, in which ALL Restonians who live in Special Tax District 5 would pay once they voted to agree to it. This would have been in addition to the Reston Community Center Tax that we pay now – (see RCAreston.com — 411 tab for info on this).

    RNAG did recommend a Service District Tax on all property owners within the TSA corridor (this includes condo owners in RTC, the owner of the Popeye’s building, owners of the Hartke Building). There is no vote on this one.

    FCDOT staff will explain it at this meeting, and I hope many who will be affected will attend and learn about it.

    • Guest

      and, as Terry Maynard pointed out in his op-ed in the Reston Connection last week (http://connectionarchives.com/PDF/2017/010417/Reston.pdf, see p.5) , there is absolutely NO REASON for a new tax of any kind for any purpose on any Restonians. In fact, I would add that if the developers can’t pay for ALL of their impacts on the community, including streets, transit, schools, parks, etc., they shouldn’t be allowed to develop. They is certainly no reason why the public should bear the added costs when the developers and county reap all the profits and taxes.

      • The Constitutionalist

        HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

        Good one, it’s not often I get laughs on this site, except for when the Honorable Mr. Ken Plum makes an appearance.

        • 30yearsinreston

          Plum should be fired by the voters

      • anon

        The developers reap ALL the benefit? What about, like, the people who live in the homes they’re building?

        • anon

          Or people paying significantly less than otherwise for the homes that are already built but not sufficient to meet demand?

          • anon

            Oh, also the people who don’t have to inhale the smog of the residents that moved to Reston over a metro instead of buying something far out they have to drive in from? And the migrants who aren’t displaced by global warming? And the employers who have more nearby employees who are less stressed about their commutes? Or the people who enjoy being out in the world and people-watching instead of looking out on desolate surface parking lots that are dead 90% of the time?

          • Susan Reynolds

            No use in trying to get anyone to see the other side of things on this website. Most are just old people with to much time on their hands that don’t like change.

          • The Constitutionalist

            You know what they say, all generalities are awful. Or something…I must be too old to remember how it really goes.

        • cRAzy

          Show me one dollar received by any residents–current or future–who live in the taxed area. Also, FCDOT is intentionally planning for traffic to be worse; how’s that a benefit? Those are the two direct potential areas of benefit from the tax, but apparently not for residents.

  • Chuck Morningwood

    That picture sure has a lot of green in it for it to be January.

    • Mike M

      Global warming. There are upsides! Keep it rollin’!

  • Greg

    $400 million for one interchange? I am in the wrong business for certain.

    PS — surely this is a typo, but a good one at that: ” … as Reston grows over in the coming decades.”

    • Guest

      That price tag is why traffic engineers try to avoid grade separation whenever possible.

      • Greg

        I don’t see where there is much room for any kind of interchange at Sunrise Valley and the parkway. There’s a gas compressor at one corner; petroleum, water and natural gas mains under all of it; a house at another corner; and I there is some sort of waterway under all of it?

        • cRAzy

          Several homes in Polo Fields will have to go–and they know that.

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