Tuesday, October 02, 2007

BRT Watch

Just a reminder that the second and third community outreach meetings on the findings of the Ad Hoc Transportation Task Force will be held Wednesday, October 3 at 7 PM at Minnie Howard School and on Thursday, October 4 at 7 PM at George Washington Middle School.

The Growler attended last week's meeting at Lyles-Crouch and was assured that the specific path for BRT in the Route 1 corridor was not yet set. Those of you who attend this week's meetings will probably hear the same disclaimer.

Let the Cranky One point out two facts that render these claims rather disingenuous.

First, the map on page 1-4 of the Task Force draft recommendations not only outlines the three proposed transit corridors but shows the locations of Smart Stations and Smart Shelters. And a Smart Station is indicated for Princess Street between N. Patrick and Henry Streets.

That's a lot of specificity for something that was described by consultants and staff at Lyles-Crouch last week as "not a capital improvement plan but a philosophical policy document."

Second, page 83 of the September 2006 administrative draft of the Braddock Road Metro Small Area Plan clearly shows not only "potential BRT transit improvements" with BRT running down N. Patrick and Henry Streets south of the Braddock Road Metro, it also illustrates the alternatives of BRT with on-street parking and BRT without on-street parking.

So if you live on Route 1, ankle down to one of the meetings this week and let yourself be heard.

Comments on the draft plan can also be emailed to the Transportation Task Force at: transtaskforce@alexandriava.gov