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Tysons Corner Traffic Will Ease Up, Developers Say

Reducing the need to travel by car — and available parking — are key to improving gridlock

As Tysons Corner continues to grow, the traffic will get better.

Wait. What?

It seems counterintuitive, but it is the truth, according to a panel of commercial developers who spoke to a group of Tysons Corner Regional Chamber of Commerce members at the Gannett headquarters in McLean earlier this week.

Just look at the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor in Arlington, said Steve Cumbie, president of NV Commercial, the firm developing a site around what will eventually be the Tysons Central Route 7 station of the new Silver Line metro.

Studies show in some areas of the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor, traffic is no worse than it was 25 years ago, Cumbie said.

"There's a good reason. Arlington limited parking," he said. "I think the R-B corridor is a good example of what can happen here in Tysons ... I think there are things we can learn there."

It is as simple as limiting the number of available parking spaces, Cumbie said.

"When you drive downtown D.C., you know parking's going to be issue," he said. "Eventually, you're going to feel that way in Tysons."

Mixed-use developments where residents can live, work, shop and socialize within walking distance are important, too, said Keith Turner, vice president of Cityline, which is developing another site in Tysons Corner.

"Everyone comes in at the same time in the morning. If you want to go out and run an errand or get a sandwich, you need to get in your car," Turner said. "If you add the right type of more development, the right mix, you can actually help improve congestion."

The new Silver Line metro stations will play a huge part in helping traffic flow, too.

The metro will transform Tysons from a car-centric destination filled with parking garages to a place easily accessible by rail. The metro will be as easy to use as your car, Cumbie said.

"Ninety-seven thousand are going to ride that metro every day," he said. "The impact will be significant and we will reap the benefits."

Do you think traffic will improve as Tysons develops? Tell us in the comments.

John Strother October 19, 2012 at 03:48 PM
If they say so, I really doubt it. Arlington county between Rosslyn and Ballston Mall, one way streets, illegal pedestrian walkways, jay walkers and many new traffic lights. I think the developers are trying to pull the wool over someone's eyes.
Doug Colvard November 17, 2012 at 11:23 AM
Not a chance. The developers have only one interest, and it has nothing to do with easing the traffic nightmare that is Tysons. Tysons Corner Mall owners should be kissing the feet of taxpayers who have gifted them with the boondoggles that are the HOT lanes and Metro, both of which will bring thousands of shoppers to their bank account. No inner loop HOT lane user in their right mind will proceed past the Tysons exit (which will then jam up every bit just like the HOV lanes on I-95 South). Really, how gullible do the developers (and the Fairfax County Board!) think we are that the 10,000's of new residents AREN'T GONG TO HAVE CARS? And just where are their kids gong to go to school and play. Last I knew, their was no plan to build any new schools or recreation facilities for them. Doug Colvard
Java Master November 17, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Complete and unadulterated b***s***, to coin a phrase! There is no empirical data to suggest that the "new " Tysons will be anything but the traffic-congealed mess that it currently is, save only for the optimistic projections of a handful of developers and land owners. And to think that our county "planners"--using that word very loosely--have bought into this fantasy!
April November 18, 2012 at 11:55 PM
This is absolutely true. I am concerned that the Express toll road preys on the desperate. I guess there is some reason Virginia allows investors to own our roads.

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