Traffic bad in Tysons? Pshaw!


Many travelers think of the Silver Line as five new Metro stations in Fairfax County, but the route continues to Largo. (Matt McClain/The Washington Post)

 

Traffic in Tysons? Pshaw!

My colleague Jonathan O’Connell reports that at a recent roundtable on the future of Tysons held here at The Post  real estate executives and other Tysons stakeholders said bad traffic in Tysons is a thing of the past. Thanks to high-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes on the Capital Beltway and other road improvements traffic is actually better  in and around Tysons.  (Yes, you read that correctly!)

“We’ve had our headquarters since 1977 in Tysons Corner and I’ve lived in McLean for over 20 years now,” said Robert C. Kettler, chairman and chief executive of Kettler, a top apartment builder in the Mid-Atlantic, Jonathan reports. “My commute’s gotten better from Georgetown Pike to my office in Tysons, and it’s been near [routes] 123 and 7 the entire time.”

And with the Silver Line coming sometime this summer (fingers crossed), they say, the area may at long last shed its reputation for nightmare traffic jams.

But as Jonathan notes, Virginia Department of Transportation officials have their doubts about the developers’ rosy assessment.

Virginia Department of Transportation spokeswoman Joan Morris said it was unlikely Tysons traffic had waned. “Anyone who has been out there I think would tell you that it’s terrible,” she said. “I don’t see how it could have improved. Where would have the cars have gone?”

Indeed.

But, hey, we’re willing to have an open mind. Do you think it’s gotten easier to drive through Tysons? Post your thoughts below.

Lori Aratani writes about how people live, work and play in the D.C. region for The Post’s Transportation and Development team.
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