Sully District residents face the longest commute times in Fairfax County. As a member of the Board of Supervisors, I will continue working to better link regional land use planning with transportation resources with the focus on relieving traffic congestion.
The current discussion over the future of I-66, WMATA metro stations, and bus routes requires constant communication. I have been following this process and believe that community input is needed to evaluate the impact of any changes. Walkability remains a main concern throughout the region. We need to have trails and bridges that connect local residents to main commercial, transportation, and school areas. Busy highways should not be a barrier for someone to get to work or live in affordable housing.
We must also begin to think of other modes of transportation to travel around Sully District, whether via bus, metro, ridesharing or bikesharing. Adding more alternative modes of transportation will help keep our roadways clear. Walkways and trails which enhance access for specific communities must be well maintained. We also should maintain the trails and sidewalks that we already have for disadvantaged and special needs communities and not let them deteriorate.
As supervisor, I will continue to lobby our legislators and VDOT to join other area jurisdictions in adopting Vision Zero to reduce serious pedestrian accidents/injury. Fairfax County is one of the few area jurisdictions that has not adopted Vision Zero; we must make this a priority to reduce the number of fatalities and serious injuries that occur while traveling.