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Two Community Meetings Set for Reston Transportation Service District Discussion

by Dave Emke — March 14, 2017 at 4:00 pm 7 Comments

Reston Transit Area/Fairfax County

After the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors passed the Reston Transportation Funding Plan last month, the next step will be the official creation of the Reston Transportation Service District.

Community meetings on the subject are slated for Tuesday, March 21 from 7-9 p.m. at Coates Elementary School (2480 River Birch Road, Herndon) and Wednesday, March 29 from 7-9 p.m. at Langston Hughes Middle School (11401 Ridge Heights Road, Reston).

The $2.27 billion, 40-year funding plan, which includes a 2.1-cent/$100 of assessed value tax assessed to properties in the Reston Transit Station Area, was approved Feb. 28 by the Board. Under the agreed-upon plan, current homeowners in the TSA will be responsible for up to $44.6 million of the estimated cost. The remainder of the tax funds (totaling $350 million) will be collected from commercial/industrial properties and from residential properties built in the future, according to information provided at the Feb. 28 meeting. The list of parcels included in the TSA is available on the Fairfax County website.

A public hearing on the creation of the Reston Transportation Service District is scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 4, at the Fairfax County Government Center. (12000 Government Circle Parkway, Fairfax). Individuals interested in speaking at the public hearing before the Board of Supervisors are asked to register in advance with the Office of the Clerk to the Board.

More information on the Reston Network Analysis is available on the Fairfax County Department of Transportation website.

  • Reality

    Wider streets favor speeding and smart phone use – more pedestrian deaths.

    Half of Reston streets will be widened, this is already in the books.

    • The Constitutionalist

      It’s been proven time and time again, that at the very least, there are no more accidents on wider roads than narrow roads.

      With that being said, I understand why you would believe that, as those studies always show that narrower lanes ‘may’ be safer. Even though there is no statistical proof to prove it.

      We do however have a lot of proof to show that wider roads are safer for everything in comparison to roads with bike lanes.

      • Moon Lotus

        Either google these studies yourself or just believe me, I am talking about pedestrian deaths not the bureacracy thereof. You decide.

        Either way, its a done deal.

    • Terry Maynard

      Actually, Reality, the traffic will be slower, first, because the Board has lowered the acceptable intersection level of service (LOS) under its “urban guidelines” and, second, as a result, the street widening and other improvements (turn lanes) will NOT double the capacity despite the fact Reston is planned for double the population and jobs in 40 years–almost all added to the station areas.

  • John Farrell

    What’s the point of these meetings? Letting FCDOT take a victory lap?

  • cRAzy

    ,,

  • Walter Hadlock

    Can someone explain why Coates Elementary School is one of two places for this meeting? The previous meeting held here attracted something like seven or eight people! If the county wants to discourage attendance, this is a great way to do it.

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