In my time working with Gerry Connolly, I’ve worked on transportation issues across Northern Virginia and right here in Braddock District, from completing the Silver Line Metro to delivering funds to expand VRE service, I understand what it takes to deliver results. In 2010 and 2011, I worked with Gerry Connolly in his successful efforts to secure a waiver to open the westbound ramps from I-66 to Monument Dr. during off-peak hours, saving thousands of Braddock District residents time off their commutes. That experience showed me how seemingly small improvements can make a big difference in people’s lives.
As Braddock Supervisor, my focus will be on giving commuters choices beyond the single occupancy vehicle. That means expanding transit options like VRE, Metrobus and Fairfax Connector bus service, while improving carpool, bicycle, paratransit, and pedestrian facilities throughout Braddock District and Fairfax County.
The most significant transportation project on the horizon is the Braddock Road Improvement Project, scheduled for construction beginning in 2021. The 3-mile project stretches from inside the Beltway to Guinea Rd. and includes 17 interchange improvements, along with improved pedestrian and bicycle connectivity. Thanks to strong community opposition, an initial proposal to widen Braddock Road and encroach on local neighborhoods by adding toll lanes was abandoned. I will oppose any widening of Braddock Road that encroaches on our neighborhoods. As Supervisor, I will work with local neighborhoods during the design and engineering phases of the project to ensure minimal disruption and impact while pursuing ways to use this project to give our commuters more options, like carpooling, slugging, bicycling and using transit.
Braddock District is home to three VRE stations on the Manassas line. I’ve ridden VRE and understand how important this option is to thousands of commuters in our community. That’s why I was so proud to help Gerry Connolly deliver funds to purchase nine new VRE locomotives, enhancing service and improving reliability. Since it was founded by former Braddock Supervisor Sharon Bulova in 1992, VRE ridership has grown to nearly 20,000 trips per day, but is currently constrained by the need to expand parking, storage, and station facilities. With the necessary capital funding, VRE could expand to serve 25,000 daily passenger trips in the relatively near future. Given the impending arrival of Amazon HQ2 near the Crystal City VRE station, that expanded service will become even more important. As Supervisor, I will work to ensure VRE has the resources it needs to expand to 25,000 passenger trips per day.