Saturday, January 29, 2011

Tysons discussion at TRB meeting

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) held it's annual meeting last week in DC. The TRB is a division of the National Research Council whose mission "is to promote innovation and progress in transportation through research." One of the sessions focused on the transformation of Tysons. See the article at Greater Greater Washington about the discussion, Tysons highlighted as global example for smart growth
The new Tysons, in addition to very dense evenly mixed-use development near the three Metro stations, will feature an urban circulator, which could take the form of a streetcar or a rapid bus line. An expanded network of on-road bike lanes and off-road bicycle & pedestrian paths, as well as bike parking minimums, will help increase non-auto modes' share of daily commuters from just three percent today to 36 percent in 2030.

Tysons Corner is poised to become North America's only example of a former sprawling edge city becoming a fully-fledged downtown in its own right. Making it successful — a task to which developers, nearby residents and government leaders are committed — will be a key step on the way to making our fast-growing region more livable and sustainable.



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