N. Virginia Delegation Achieves Goal of Limiting Mark Center Parking
The Northern Virginia congressional delegation celebrated a long-fought victory Friday, after language capping parking at the Mark Center in Alexandria was included in the conference agreement for the fiscal 2012 omnibus spending bill reached last week.
The provision limits parking at the complex to roughly 2,000 spaces until DOD can demonstrate that congestion hasn’t reached failing levels at intersections surrounding the complex. About 4,000 civilian DOD workers already have moved into the building, with an additional 500 expected to move by the end of the month. All 6,400 DOD employees are scheduled to complete the BRAC 2005 move from leased space in Arlington, Va., to the Mark Center by September 2012.
The provision also requires the Army to conduct a new traffic study utilizing accurate and reliable data. A recent report from the DOD inspector general concluded the Army had relied on badly flawed data in compiling traffic impact projections that it used to defend the planned transfers, reported the Washington Post.