The Reston Master Plan Special Study Task Force We're Tired Of Mocking For Its Unweildy Long Name (RMPSSTFWTMFIWLN) meets at 7pm tonight at South Lakes High School. For us, it's another excuse to post a fanciful schematic, this one of a "water-enhanced pedestrian bridge" at the site of the new station.
Tonight's meeting will recap a community meeting which looked at the area around the Reston Town Center Metro station, which apparently is being envisioned as a "destination station." Please to be explaining:
Fairfax County senior planner Heidi Merkel said the station will be a destination station, where people will go to spend time, rather than a collector station where people will park to ride the Metro to other areas. The station will include bus loops and kiss-and-rides on each side, but no parking garages will be built.Good to know. Residents at the previous meeting pointed out that the idea of no parking garage is all well and good, but that needs to be balanced by other transportation improvements to work.
Robert Goudie, also a Task Force member... said he is in favor of no parking, helping to take more cars off the roads, but the station will require a good circulator bus system. He said there is a fear of disconnectedness between the north and south sides of the station, as well as the area between Reston Town Center and where the kiss-and-ride will be.The Reston Town Center station would not be included in the first phase of the Silver Line extension, which ends at Wiehle Avenue, so there's a little more time to hash this piece out. Of course, much of the development immediately around the station is relatively new or in the planning stages (remember JBG's Reston Heights?), so it's not clear how much of a blank slate there is to provide the awesome express moving walkway from the station to the front steps of the Macaroni Grill we've all been secretly hoping for.
Dave Edwards, also a Reston resident said the Task Force should demand that the results of the Reston Metrorail Access Group study be incorporated into the new master plan. The study, completed in 2008 outlined a number of transportation improvements that Reston could benefit from for future Metro development. Edwards said the area also needs further transportation analysis.
Reston resident Freya DeCola said there should be more open space in the development. She said what open space currently exists at Reston Town Center is not adequate. She said there should also be easy to use transit links from the station to Reston Town Center and Lake Anne. She said south of the station, toward US Geological Survey, should be more walkable and pedestrian friendly.