Sunday, May 9, 2010

Tysons Transportation Funding

Fairfax County transportation staff have outlined a number of possible options for funding Tysons transportation projects between now and 2030, "Funding Tysons Transportation Improvements". While we understand that bike facilities are included on many of the roads as part of the Tysons Bicycle Network, it would have been nice if there were a mention of bicycles in the funding document.

There is no identified funding for bicycle connections to the surrounding communities. Having great bicycle facilities in Tysons in 2030 isn't going to help bicyclists who live outside of Tysons who cannot currently easily access Tysons by bike. The Tysons bicycle planning effort will identify many needed improvements. Because that planning effort was not included in the original transportation planning contract, there are no cost estimates for these improvements. However, some funds should be identified now for these anticipated needs.

We pointed this out during our testimony at the Tysons public hearing before the Planning Commission, but it's still not included in the most recent markup of the proposed plan text. The Board of Supervisors Public Hearing is planned for June 22 at 4:30 pm.

See the post article Fairfax County outlines tax options for Tysons Corner road projects.

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