Mason District BRAC 133 Task Force


October 2, 2012 Minutes

Attendance by Task Force Members

Barry Wilson
Dottie Beck
Elizabethe Hall
Rita Zimmerman
Linda Shapiro
Jennifer Porter
Linda Mass

Task Force Members Excused from Meeting

Dave Dexter
Kathy Hart
Bill Pike

Others in Attendance

Tom Burke, Senior Transportation Planner, FCDOT
Seyed Nabavi, Project Manager and Liaison to 95 Express Lanes Project, FCDOT
Laura Miller, BRAC Coordinator, FCDOT
Clara Pizana, Office of Supervisor Penny Gross
Albert Riveros, Fairfax County resident
Cindy Wilson, Fairfax County resident

Welcome and Introductions

The meeting was called to order by Chairman Wilson at 7 p.m.

Approval of April 3, 2012 Minutes

The minutes for the Mason District BRAC 133 Task Force meeting were approved as presented by unanimous vote of the task force.

Presentation by Thomas Burke - Senior Transportation Planner, FCDOT

Mr. Burke reported that two public meetings were held in July for Fairfax County’s comprehensive Countywide Transit Network Study to get public comment about the objectives of the study, get public insight about transit routes that may be needed, the type of modes, and identify possible modifications to the Comprehensive Plan designation of Enhanced Public Transportation Corridors.  Additional meetings were to be scheduled in November, and initial concepts anticipated for spring 2013.  Additional information is available at www.farifaxcounty.gov/fcdot/2050transitstudy.

Super NoVA is the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation’s (DRPT) regional approach to develop a transit and transportation demand management (TDM) system.  The objective would be to provide seamless, cross-regional transit opportunities throughout the localities of Northern Virginia, and into Caroline County, Culpeper County, Frederick County, as well as Maryland, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia.  Information about the Super NoVA Transit/TDM Vision Plan is available at www.supernovatransitvision.com.

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) has a regional study in progress to develop enhanced bus and commuter rail service, improve accessibility to stations and pedestrian networks, and add metro rail, light rail, and commuter rail, bus rapid transit services to underserved or un-served areas of the region.  Information about WMATA’s 2040 Regional Transit System Plan is available at http://planitmetro.com/rtsp.

The Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA) is updating its 2030 transportation study in TransAction2040.  The study focuses on Northern Virginia’s growth and its changing infrastructure needs.  The construction of trails, widening of existing highways, and implementation of transit are being considered in the counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William; the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas, and Manassas Park; and the towns of Dumfries, Herndon, Leesburg, Purcellville, and Vienna.  Information about TransAction 2040 is available at www.thenovaauthority.org/.

Presentation by Seyed Nabavi - Project Manager and Liaison to 95 Express Lanes Project, FCDOT

Mr. Nabavi provided a project briefing about the 95 Express Lanes.  (See Supplemental Materials for PowerPoint Presentation.)  Construction is anticipated to be completed by the end of 2014.

Mr. Nabavi also reported that the Mark Center HOV Ramp (I-395 HOV/Transit Ramp at Seminary Road) and the I-395 North Auxiliary Lane both were in the design comment phase.  Completion of the comment period was anticipated by the end of the year, and the bidding process is anticipated for spring 2013.  Barring unforeseen delay, construction is anticipated to begin in fall 2013, and construction to be completed by the end of 2015.  Information about both projects is available at www.vamegaprojects.com.

Presentation by Laura Miller - BRAC Coordinator, FCDOT

Ms. Miller reported that the Mark Center Task Force initiated monthly traffic counts that began in August 2011 through August 2012 at six intersections in Alexandria and three intersections in Fairfax County at key points.  Because of enhanced transit, vanpools, and telecommuting opportunities, there was no appreciable increase in traffic, and at some intersection, the background traffic decreased.  The parking deck was capped at 2,000 vehicles, and no more than 1,680 have been counted in the facility’s garage.  Documents relating to the Mark Center are available at www.vamegaprojects.com and select the Mark Center tab.

The next meeting of the Mason District BRAC 133 Task Force is scheduled tentatively for April 2, 2013 at 7 p.m. at the Mason District Governmental Center.  The meeting was adjourned at 9:04 p.m.

NOTE: The tentative April 2 meeting was rescheduled for May 7, 2013. 


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