Fairfax County

The following were among actions taken by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors at its Dec. 3 meeting. For more information, call 246-3151.

DULLES MASS TRANSIT -- The board deferred voting on sites recommended by staff members for building four mass transit centers and commuter parking facilities on the Dulles Toll Road corridor after Herndon residents objected to locating one of the parking facilities on Monroe Street just south of town -- because it might increase commuter traffic on town streets.

The board rescheduled the vote for Monday to give Herndon representatives more time to review the proposal. However, Supervisor Lilla Richards (D-Dranesville) warned them: "I don't want you to think that it's very likely that the staff recommendation will change."

The board wants to apply for $36 million in federal transportation grants to help carry out an $81.8 million proposal to expand urban mass transit services in the rapidly developing Dulles corridor. To qualify for the grants, the board needs to identify specific sites for mass transit stations by the end of the month.

County staff members recommended that the board plan to build public bus stations east of International Drive in Tysons Corner and at Reston Town Center, and parking facilities, for commuters who want to join car or van pools or catch shuttle buses to Metro stations, on Sunset Hills Road in Reston and at Monroe Street just south of Herndon.

During a lengthy public hearing, the mayor and Herndon council members protested the Monroe Street site because of the impact the 1,790-space garage would have on local traffic. They argued that commuters from Loudoun County and other points north and west of town would likely cut through Herndon streets to get to the facility.

"We think that's going to have an absolute, dramatic, detrimental impact on Herndon roads," said Herndon Mayor Thomas Rust.

County staff members responded that the Monroe Street commuter parking facilities as planned would only minimally affect local traffic because most levels of the parking garage would be accessible only from the Dulles Toll Road. They said that an alternative site west of town recommended by Herndon representatives would not be feasible for engineering reasons.

Fairfax City

The following were among actions taken at the Nov. 27 meeting of the Fairfax City Council. For more information, call 385-7855.

NEIGHBORHOOD TRAFFIC -- The City Council, following complaints from residents about increased non-local traffic on residential streets, established a task force that will create new city procedures for handling such complaints.

The city's Transportation Safety Commission considers a limited number of serious traffic safety problems, but there has been little recourse for residents with smaller, day-to-day traffic complaints.

The task force of residents and city officials has been charged with creating procedures for individual residents to use when contacting the city about traffic problems.