Northern Virginia Must Seize This Opportunity

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    (I agree with Libby Garvey, Jim Moran and Bob McDonnell that this facility should NOT – repeat, NOT! – be opened until the transportation elements are ready.  Right now, they most certainly aren’t (to put it mildly). – promoted by lowkell)

    ALEXANDRIA – Libby Garvey today again joined with Congressman Jim Moran and now Governor Bob McDonnell to urge Defense Secretary Robert Gates to delay the opening of the BRAC-133 facility at the Mark Center.  The FY’12 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) approved early Thursday by the House Armed Services Committee includes a provision granting the Secretary of Defense authority to delay seven BRAC recommendations for up to one year beyond the September 15, 2011 deadline.

    “While BRAC may always loom as a potential traffic nightmare, it’s important we seize this opportunity to delay BRAC’s opening in order to give time to get systems into place to reasonably handle the huge influx of traffic to this site,” Garvey said.  “The Inspector General’s report proves that there were fundamental flaws with the Army’s transportation study and we should take this opportunity to mitigate the damage that will be done by this improperly placed facility.”

    A recent report by the Inspector General found serious safety, transportation, and environmental concerns may have been discounted and disregarded as this project was developed, approved and constructed.  If so, it means that opening this facility will also open the door to continued expenditures of millions of dollars to cope with these concerns.

    “We must do everything we can to ameliorate the impact of this facility,” Garvey said.  “Protecting and improving our transportation system in Northern Virginia is vital to the economic health of our region and all of Virginia.  It is time that we brought this project to a halt until safety, transportation, and environmental concerns are adequately addressed.”

    Governor McDonnell became the latest official to call for the delay of the BRAC facilities on Wednesday.  “This is an issue that crosses the partisan divide,” Garvey said.  “It’s important that we all pull together to mend this situation.  I commend Rep. Jim Moran’s tireless efforts and thank Gov. McDonnell for his support.  The people of the 30th District and Northern Virginia deserve no less.”

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    Contact: Max Glass

    Campaign Manager

    mrg.uva@gmail.com

    May 10, 2011

    • Just received this:

      Krupicka Holds Telephone Town Hall on BRAC and Regional Mass Transit

      More than 1800 residents join the call to share their thoughts and concerns

      ALEXANDRIA, VA. – Last night the Krupicka for Senate campaign hosted a telephone town hall, in which residents of the 30th District were called and asked to participate in a discussion about BRAC and other regional transportation issues. More than 1800 people opted to join the call.

      “I appreciated the opportunity to discuss my longstanding and consistent opposition to the Mark Center location for BRAC, as well as what really matters: new ideas to move us forward by addressing the myriad regional transportation challenges affecting our community”, said Krupicka.

      During the town hall, participants were asked to take part in a poll, which asked respondents what they feel is the most important thing to do next on transportation in our area. 51% responded develop a regional transportation plan that includes, but isn’t limited to mitigating BRAC impacts. 21% responded get more funding for transit. 20% responded move forward with a lawsuit against DoD to halt move-in at Mark Center.

      “I was thrilled to have so many people join the conversation and weigh in on an issue that is incredibly important to our region. The new ideas that we need to move us forward come from all over this community, and I want to continue to use this [the town hall] as a resource to engage more people as we continue to work to improve our quality of life in Northern Virginia.”

    • After all, the MARC Center is in his district.

      http://redistricting.dls.virgi