Expanding transit

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Expanding transit
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By 2010, Potomac Yard and Eisenhower Valley could become two of Alexandrias fastest-growing areas, with thousands of new homes and condos already built or now racing towards completion.

Three years ago, Pulte Homes and Centex Homes, two of the nations largest residential developers, teamed up to implement their vision for Potomac Yard, offering hundreds of housing units, retail stores, offices and parks, along with significant transportation improvements. And Eisenhower Valley, the 4.5 east-west corridor of the city which has been called the citys future economic engine, boasts new luxury condos, restaurants and entertainment options sprouting up by the month.

On Tuesday night, after several of years of work, the citys Ad Hoc Transportation Policy & Program Task Force laid down its plan before City Council, which is poised to adopt the first comprehensive overhaul of the citys Transportation Master Plan in decades.
 
We applaud the work of the task force, the staff and the community, who collaborated on this important effort, said Council members Rob Krupicka and Justin Wilson in presenting their proposal to the city. We believe that the emphasis on multi-modal transit to serve the current and future needs of our city is essential.

Krupicka and Wilson said that with the adoption of the principles of the Economic Sustainability Work Group, it is clear there are a few elements needed to be included within the Draft Transportation Master Plan prior to its adoption. The major elements, they said, include expansion of MetroRail to Potomac Yard and Eisenhower Valley.
 
In presenting their draft Transportation Master Plan to Faroll Hamer, the director of Planning & Zoning, Rich Baier, the director of Transportation & Environmental Services, Tom Culpepper, Deputy Director of  Transportation & Environmental Services, Jim Maslanka, Division Chief, Transportation & Environmental Services and Eric Wagner, chairman of the Ad Hoc Transportation Policy & Program Task Force, Krupick and Wilson hoped it would address their two key recommendations prior to the Plans adoption by the Planning Commission and City Council.

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