VDOT HOT Lanes Update
On April 26, City and Fairfax County officials met with Virginia Department of Transportation Secretary Sean T. Connaughton and community members met to discuss the Concerns Relating to the Express Lanes (CROL) and High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes. Maureen Barrett, an air modeling expert and consultant to the CROL, reviewed the analysis of the VDOT Project Air Model. Secretary Connaughton raised potential solutions, which focused on the construction of additional Express Lanes Project terminus points. The Mayor was asked by Connaughton if the Alexandria City Council would support an additional exit at the to-be-constructed Seminary Road HOV/Transit Ramp or at other locations within Alexandria along the I-395 border. The response provided was that City Council had on two occasions transmitted many project issues and questions relating to air quality, the environment, and cut-through traffic when the Express Lanes Project was in the initial scoping phase. VDOT never addressed those issues or answered the City’s questions. As a result, and after a subsequent public hearing, City Council took the position that it was opposed to any terminus within Alexandria.
Bike to Work Day a Success in Alexandria
Hundreds of bicycle commuters gathered at Market Square, the Carlyle development, and Mark Center pit stop locations earlier this morning. Regionally, more than 14,000 commuters were expected to take to the streets between 7 and 9 a.m. via bicycle. The City’s Local Motion program, in coordination with the Washington Area Bicyclist Association focused on bringing attention to bicycling as a mode of alternative transportation, rather than driving in single-occupancy vehicles. Once again, Alexandria's local sponsors and exhibitors donated their time and prizes for local event registrants.
Alexandria Affordable Housing Featured in Parade of Homes
The Communications Action Network (CAN), a unique regional housing advocacy partnership, is sponsoring the 2013 CAN Parade of Homes on Saturday, May 18, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Parade of Homes will provide an opportunity for the public and the media to visit 17 affordable housing developments throughout the Washington D.C. region. The Station at Potomac Yard, owned by the Alexandria Housing Development Corporation, will represent Alexandria because it showcases a particularly creative mix of land uses, providing much-needed affordable and workforce housing, a fire station, and service retail within the same new structure. CAN is working to promote awareness of the value that housing affordability brings to families, communities and employers, and is well built, well maintained, and designed to fit into the fabric of existing communities. Tours of The Station will be available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information about affordable housing or the City’s work with CAN, contact Shane Cochran at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 703.746.4990.
Crisis Intervention Team Trainers Honored
The Alexandria Crisis Intervention Team trainers, comprising staff from the Department of Community and Human Services, Police, Fire, Sheriff and Department of Emergency Communications, will be honored by Northern Alliance on Mental Illness Northern Virginia (NAMI) for their work training more than 200 first responders to respond to individuals in crisis who are experiencing psychiatric symptoms. One goal of this multi-department initiative is to divert persons with mental illness and substance use disorders away from the criminal justice system and into the treatment system, enabling them to have law-abiding, productive lives in our community.