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  • Jul 24, 2014

    This is Big!

    The opening of the Silver Line on Saturday is a major event that is an important step towards a better future for the Washington metropolitan region and the Commonwealth of Virginia. For decades, Tysons has been an example of 20th century development, urban and suburban areas that don't quite work -- too many cars, no sidewalks and not enough green space. The community's investment in the Silver Line presents us with a once-in-a-generation opportunity to improve our travel and commutes, restore air and water quality, enhance our ability to preserve the rural economy and ultimately, transform the quality of life in communities along the new Metro line and in the region as a whole.This text was taken from an email sent out on July 24, 2104. Read More
  • Feb 25, 2014

    Save the Waterloo Bridge!

    Photo by C. Hanchey The Waterloo Bridge is a valuable piece of the history of Culpeper and Fauquier Counties that was closed to traffic in January of 2014 by the Virginia Department of Transportation due to safety concerns. Let VDOT and our County leaders know that this historic bridge should be rehabilitated and remain open for vehicle traffic. Sign the Petition... Read More
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    Sep 19, 2013

    Sacrificing History... For What?

    Often environmentalists are told that we just 'say no' to things. To which I would argue -- saying 'no' to a bad idea is a very important part of what we do. But it's not all we do. At The Piedmont Environmental Council we also strive to put forward constructive alternatives. That's why it's so frustrating to see the Virginia Department of Transportation, led by Sean Connaughton, make mega-projects like the Outer Beltway and Charlottesville Bypass its highest priority. Despite great arguments against both projects -- fiscal, environmental, common sense arguments -- and plenty of alternatives, VDOT is charging ahead. This text is from an email alert sent out on September 19, 2013: Read More
  • Jul 05, 2012

    Future Of The Silver Line

    Extending rail service to Loudoun County is about more than transportation. WAMU host Kojo Nnamdi explores the political and societal aspects of the Silver Line (with commentary by PEC President, Chris Miller!). Listen GuestsChris Miller -- President, The Piedmont Environmental Council Martin Di Caro -- Transportation Reporter, WAMU Geary Higgins -- Member, Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Read More
  • May 17, 2012

    Virginia's Six-Year Plan for Transportation

    If you've ever wondered what roads will be built or what new transit options are going to exist in the near term --The Commonwealth Transportation Board has released its working draft of Virginia's Six-Year Improvement Program for comments, due by Friday, May 18, 2012.The recently released draft plan covers 2013-2018 and it includes all of the proposed highway, road and bridge projects as well as rail, transit, bicycle, pedestrian and other transportation improvements across the state -- with a total associated cost of $10.6 billion. Read More

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So Many Names

This project has been proposed and rejected many times.  It has had multiple configurations and many different names, but all are components of an 'Outer Beltway.'

234 Bypass Extended (1988)
Washington Bypass (1989) 
Western Transportation
     Corridor
(1997)
Tri-County Parkway (2005)
Bi-County Parkway (2011)
North-South Corridor of
    Statewide Significance

    (2011)
Northstar  Blvd and Belmont Ridge Rd (2012)
234 Bypass (2013) 

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