Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Tysons Corner accidents past and future aren't the fault of bicyclists, pedestrians or motorists — thetysonscorner.com ventures it's instead a Fairfax County planning issue.
If you're a resident of Tysons Corner now, odds are you're running an errand or catching a bus by foot or bike. Making a trip mid-day — during a lunch hour, perhaps — is a breeze. Making that same trip at 6:45 a.m., in the dark, during rush hour, is more or less taking your life into your own hands. And whose fault is that? We've debated that very question on Patch tirelessly. But this week, TheTysonsCorner.com ventures cyclists aren't to blame — and neither are pedestrians, nor motorists. Poor planning and a lack of action by the Board of Supervisors is what really drives pedestrian danger in Tysons at the moment, the site purports. And with the opening of the Silver Line, TheTysonsCorner.com says, it could get worse — not only because …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Metro and redevelopment will bring more crime to Fairfax County — which could require dozens more officers and a new station to help police the area's 1.1 million residents.
With massive redevelopment on the horizon, Fairfax County officials are starting to imagine ways to step up the police presence in the area — including where to build a brand new police station. The first phase of the Silver Line is expected to open at the end of 2013, and while it will help drive the county’s economy, it will also bring crime, says Fairfax County Police Captain Daniel Janickey, an officer in the McLean District Station. Janickey says the county needs to prepare for increases in robberies, assault, theft, property destruction and stolen vehicles, as well as a rise in illegal parking and traffic accidents. In order to effectively enforce the law and deter criminals from coming to Northern Virginia, Janickey recommended …
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
A proposed ramp through a Tysons park is expected to be taken off of the table.
Fairfax County residents campaigning to save “Tysons’ last forest and stream” could get their wish Tuesday, as supervisors are expected to take a ramp option off the table during a committee meeting. Tom Biesadny, the director of the county’s Department of Transportation, told The Washington Post further study of a ramp from the Dulles Toll Road that would pave right through the Old Courthouse Spring Branch Park might not be necessary. The proposed option has drawn the ire of residents for months and was formally opposed by the Board in November. The ramp would have connected the Toll Road to an extended Boone Boulevard, but more than 600 residents signed a petition to maintain one of the few green spaces left in the area. Transportation …
Friday, September 28, 2012
Civic associations collect nearly 600 signatures opposing ramps through Tysons stream valley
Nearly four months ago, two of the major Tysons-area neighborhood and civic associations rallied against a proposal to put a highway ramp through one of the "last standing green spaces" in what will become Fairfax County's future urban center. Now, the groups and more than 15 others are out to prove the option should have never been considered in the first place — and they aren't going down without a fight. The groups, united under the name Tysons Forest Coalition, have 574 signatures on a petition opposing ramps and road extensions through the stream valley tucked in the pocket between Route 7 and the Dulles Toll Road. They're hoping for hundreds more. Putting a road through the area is not only environmentally unsound, but also goes …
Saturday, September 8, 2012
Virginia Department of Transportation releases new aerial photos of Metro construction through Tysons Corner
Nearly all commuters and residents passing through Tysons Corner have seen progress on Metro's Silver Line from the ground. Now, the Virginia Department of Transportation is offering a glimpse of construction from the top. The agency released aerial photos of the developing railway this week, which snakes from Falls Church through McLean, Tysons and Reston. It will eventually continue through Herndon and Dulles Airport. For a look at VDOT's photo set, click through the gallery above. See also: Silver Line Phase 2 Bidding Begins Silver Line Guideway Complete, A Major Milestone for Rail to Dulles Loudoun Opts In On Metro More