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The McLean Citizens Association wants to make sure bridges built over the widened toll raod include space for bikes and people. 40 years ago these bridges had little or no pedastrain traffic, so such a plan didn’t make sense. Now the group is pressuring the county and state to construct these when the bridges are replaced to allow for a widened beltway.

Joan Morris, a spokeswoman for the Virginia Department of Transportation, says they have nothing to worry about.

“There will be pedestrian facilities on every bridge, we just don’t know the design details,” Morris said.

According to Morris, the project will be more specific after a public hearing in early 2008. “It’s all being worked out now,” she said.

Fairfax Counties trail plan does include alternate transportation connections, but it’s still good the group is making sure the State and County do their part.

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A survey from the Dulles Corridor Rail Association has found that ninety three percent of Northern Virginians favor the silver line extension. Overall eighty six percent of the Washington region supports the extension, with even nineteen percent strongly favoring the rail extension.

The poll was funded by the Dulles Corridor Rail Association. Other findings suggest most people are most excited about being able to travel from DC to Dulles Airport. Surprisingly, the ability of the rail project to reduce traffic congestion is lowest on the list of perceived benefits. The poll was a random telephone survey of 500 people.

Phase one of the Silver Line project should be completed by 2013, with four stations through Tysons Corner. Phase two should be completed by 2015, and will extend past Dulles Airport to Ashburn.

MRP plans to build a 500,000 square foot office tower. Many details are yet to be released, such as height and exact location. But the so called Tysons Tower project will be bold. It also sits at prime location, an area that the county plans to build HOT lanes. But MRP bought the eight acres of land for $50,000,000.

MRP Realty is a secretive real estate company with the goal of developing “Office and mixed use towers.” The plot of land is on Jones Branch road, near to one of the future Metro stations. Ground breaking will be begin in quarter three.

The Washington Post is reporting that the FTA has said the costs for the new Silver Line extension to Wiehle Avenue comes in at several hundred million dollars more than the state has estimated. This puts the project in peril, as it exceeds the federal cost efficiency levels. State officials are wary of reducing stations, due to a reduction in projected ridership, which too would affect federal funding. There has been talk of removing a new park and ride structure at the Wiehle Avenue stop, among other cost cutting ideas.

This is particular dishearting, because Tysons Corner without rail will probably remain the same it is today. But even if this proposal does fail (which it might not), it seems they could make Tysons Westpark into more of a transit hub, and have a Tysons Circulator, which would be modeled on the DC Circulator.

Most of the work occurring this month in terms of news, is closed door. Once the comities, companies, and people working on this are satisfied more information will be coming. The website is still up, and being maintained. Hopefully they’ll be some more developments on the building front, of which I’ll be sure to alert you to.

With the expected increase of jobs and people, plus a 24/7 environment, many key services to Tysons will have to be upgraded.

In a recent report, the fire department says their existing fire station will have to be upgraded. And depending on how many new people (jobs and residences) are created up to two more fire stations may be required. A new police station will be needed, but police have said they’re willing to work inside of a new fire department facility. These new facilities may be suburban, if they are they will be located on the fringe of Tysons.

Most likely no new schools (maybe a new elementary) will be constructed, but surrounding schools will have to be upgraded.  A local library will be built in a street level situation, the new building will be either 10,000, or 17,000 sqaure feet.

Sewage and electricity will need to be upgraded. Washington DC will be required to sign off on a new contract for sewage capacity, and there might some resistance as Tysons might be viewed as a threat by some in DC.  Electricty capaicty will have to be doubled. Water supply will not be significantly affected by new development.

Tysons Central (the 123, and 7 stations) will include the most density. These are renderings of what the area might look like.
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These pictures are from Fairfax County, and/or the Dulles Corridor Rail Association.

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This plan is the most similar to Arlington County’s Rosslyn-Balston corridor. It also makes the most sense to me, because commuters will walk the least, while the people who live their will walk farther. The orange circles are residential, anchored by retail, while the blue circles are mostly office/retail space.
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This option would spread high density development the furtherest throughout Tysons, by allowing for a circulatory style bus system. Besides having dense development in the TOD’s it would also be built along the bus route. While in terms of spreading high density development it would be nice, I’m not sure if many would use the circulatory system.
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The main street idea is basically Transit Oriented Development without the transit, but the green space idea is defiantly a winner.

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Street map of the route of the Silver Line.

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Proposed street grid for Tysons Corner, including zoning.

Tysons Corner Center plans to add 8 towers off offices, condos, apartments, and hotels, in vacant land and parking lots surrounding the mall. Here are some photos courtesy of the developer Macerich.

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