Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Transportation Doubleheader

What an interesting week we are going to have on the topic of transit! Route 1 residents, hold yourself in readiness.

First, tonight there will be a gathering to dispense information the City has not yet officially shared with citizens. (Doesn't this sound like déjà vu all over again?)

The Regional Transportation Mobility Public Participation Forum will be held at the Lee Center Exhibit Hall (1106 Jefferson Street) beginning at 7 p.m. and will feature speakers from the Metropolitan Council of Governments' Transportation Planning Board. Their presentations will focus on what regional transportation initiatives have already been agreed upon by regional governments like the City of Alexandria.

The Federation of Civic Associations, the Old Town Civic Association, the Upper King Street Neighborhood Association and In My Opinion (a newsletter produced by local activist Julie Crenshaw Van Fleet) are sponsoring the event.

Then two days later, we have the City's official presentation, hastily thrown together once the cat was out of the bag about the COG forum.

The City's forum features the usual suspects, including Mayor William D. Euille, Transportation and Environmental Services Director Rich Baier, Ad Hoc Transportation Task Force Chairman Larry Robinson, and our good buddy Justin Wilson, chairman of the DASH Board. (If you will recall, Mr. Wilson is the Alexandria Democratic Committee treasurer who in print told Andrew Macdonald to shut up already about the Braddock Road plan.)

The City's forum will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, April 19, at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) Madison Building Auditorium, located at 600 Dulany St.

And as they used to say back in college, let's compare and contrast what these players have to say.