Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman John F. Herrity is worried about what he calls the "Arlingtonization" of his county. "That's what's happening," he warned at Monday's board meeting.
Herrity was talking about people who think of Fairfax as just one more traffic-jammed jurisdiction to be driven through on the commute to Washington, much the way commuters now think of Arlington and Alexandria.
His solution: look west.
Herrity yesterday proposed creation of a regional traffic task force among Fairfax and the jurisdictions to its west to take steps to keep the commute through Fairfax as brisk and as painless as possible.
"We're talking about a way to organize park-and-ride, express lanes, commuter rail, those sorts of things," Herrity said. "We need to take the initiative."
Herrity's eight board colleagues were standing in line to support his task force, which would likely include Prince William, Loudoun, Fauquier, Stafford and Spotsylvania counties, and the cities of Fredericksburg, Manassas and Manassas Park.
"I want to praise the chairman for having brought this up," said Audrey Moore (D-Annandale), who frequently has sharp disagreements with Herrity.
"This is something that's badly needed . . . . We're going to have to find a way through this county without absolutely stopping traffic," Moore said.
Herrity said he had approached the leaders of most of the outer jurisdictions and found them "willing, ready and able to meet with us. Everybody is quite enthusiastic."
Herrity said he hopes the task force will be in a position to seek formal status from the Virginia General Assembly at its session next year.