As someone who finds himself talking to the public more and more about transportation improvements, I’m constantly surprised at how many people say “Nobody asked me if we wanted that street “improvement”.” or “Why in the world are we *narrowing* that street?”. I’m not sure how it works in other jurisdictions, but Arlington’s transportation plans aren’t a secret, developed away from public input. They’re laid out plainly in the Master Transportation Plan, which has been continuously revised and adopted in a continuing and very public process. The last major element is on track for adoption, and here’s a chance for Arlingtonians to shape it:
Community Forum: Master Transportation Plan Streets Element
Join us on Monday, November 15th, for a community forum on the draft Master Transportation Plan (MTP) Streets Element hosted by the Arlington County Transportation Commission. The forum is open to all and will include a presentation of the draft document, as well as an opportunity to ask questions about the vision for our County streets and comment on the proposed plan.
WHAT: Community Forum: Master Transportation Plan Streets Element
WHO: Arlington County Transportation Commission/Arlington County Staff
WHEN: Monday, November 15th at 7:30 PM
WHERE: Navy League Building
2300 Wilson Boulevard
First floor conference room
Getting There – The event is accessible via bus (Metrorail routes 4B,E and 38B, ART Routes 14 and 77 and Metrorail (Courthouse Metrorail station.) Parking is available at the nearby Arlington Courthouse Plaza complex located at 2100 Clarendon Boulevard.
ABOUT THE STREETS ELEMENT
The Streets Element is the last remaining section of the updated MTP to be adopted by the Arlington County Board. The draft document includes the 13 streets policies adopted by the County in 2007, while proposing the addition of another streets policy to address utility usage of street right-of-way. Additionally, Arlington is proposing more than 100 actions in the draft plan as part of these streets policies and to begin realizing the community’s vision for our streets. Furthermore, the draft plan details a system of Street Types that will be used to guide the future design and operation of Arlington’s streets.
Adoption of the MTP Streets Element is expected in early 2011. The draft document is available on the County Web site.
QUESTIONS? Contact MTP project manager, Mr. Richard Viola, at 703 228-3699 or email@example.com.