Senator Warner is urging the Pentagon to delay the transfer of 6,400 defense workers to Alexandria’s Mark Center until traffic issues can be sorted-out. The DoD employees are being relocated from a region served by Metro to an already-congested area that has limited access to mass transit, and the additional traffic is likely to simply add to the frustrations of 200,000 daily commuters in the I395/Seminary Road area.
This week, Senators Warner and Jim Webb and Congressmen Jim Moran and Gerry Connolly sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Robert Gates asking for at least a one-year delay in the planned opening of Mark Center. Under BRAC, the Pentagon is scheduled to relocate the 6,400 workers in September without creating any additional transportation infrastructure to handle increased traffic.
FOX 5’s Tom Fitzgerald spoke with Senator Warner about his concerns yesterday: