SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2011
6:45 AM-4:30 PM CHARRETTES
NORTH WOODBRIDGE, PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, VA
Join us for a test commute by ferry along the region's untapped natural highway, the Potomac River to charrette in support of one of the fastest growing suburbs of Washington, DC, North Woodbridge, Virginia. The area now anticipates the federal government relocating more than 20,000 jobs to nearby Fort Belvoir. A test of the region's infrastructure! With it's enviable location along the Occoquan and Potomac Rivers, adjacent to I-95 and the Virginia Railway Express' Fredericksburg commuter rail line, North Woodbridge will be a major transit hub. Future plans include high-density, mixed-use development and intermodal transport including bus, metro rail, commuter rail and high-speed ferry. Join us as we take a prototype for the proposed high speed ferry service down the Potomac River, the region's untapped natural highway. We will consider its terminus; how to develop a mixed-use commercial town center integral with a plan for a walkable, multimodal transit destination.
The Honorable Frank J. Principi, Woodbridge District Supervisor, Prince William County, Virginia
Jeff Tumlin,Principal, Nelson\Nygaard, San Francisco, California
Atul Sharma, Designer, Torti Gallas and Partners, Inc., Silver Springs, Maryland
SUITLAND MIXED-USE TOWN CENTER, PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY, MD
Suitland's Metrorail station attracts 2,000 cars every day. The Census Bureau and NOAA headquarters draw 8,000 employees. How can the station and campus be integrated with the local economy? What kind of redevelopment potential exists with aging retail strips, a cleared housing site and a nearby greyfield mall? Meet community activists working to revitalize the urban town center, based on new mixed-use zoning, at much higher density than the old suburban model. Present your ideas to local planners as they kick off a major TOD planning effort funded by a HUD Challenge grant.
Francis Grailand Hall, Chief, Administrative and Customer Services Division, US Census Bureau, Washington, DC
Erwin Andres, Principal, Gorove/Slate, Washington, DC
Brian O'Looney, Design Architect, Torti Gallas and Partners, Silver Springs, Maryland
Neal Payton, Principal, Torti Gallas and Partners, Los Angeles, California
Barry Gore, Planner, Suitland Planning Area, Community Planning-South, Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Upper Marlboro, Maryland
8:30 AM-4:30 PM MOBILE WORKSHOPS
#1 DISCOVER THE ROSSLYN-BALLSTON CORRIDOR CM 4
How did decisions made a generation ago reshape the Rosslyn-Ballston Corridor in Arlington County? Instead of developing the Metrorail Orange Line in the middle of an interstate, the county pushed to locate it along a main commercial corridor. Today it's one of the most successful transit-oriented communities in the country. Visit this suburban corridor and see for yourself how it transformed into a series of mixed-use, multimodal, transit-oriented urban villages.
#2 DC BY BIKE CM 4
Washington has the highest share of bicycle commuters of any major city on the East Coast, recently earning Bicycle Friendly Community Silver Status by the League of American Bicyclists. Pedal your way through several new bicycle facilities, including: Union Station Bicycle Station; Capital Bikeshare (CaBi); Metropolitan branch trail; R Street bike lane; 15th Street cycle track; and the Pennsylvania cycle track. Approximate distance: 6 easy miles.
#3 GREEN LINE GROWTH AND TOD SUCCESS CM 4
Riots after the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination left what was once a thriving black middle-class community a symbol of urban decay. Today, after the opening of Metroline's Green Line subway, the multiracial, mixed-income U Street corridor and Columbia Heights neighborhood stand as diverse and dynamic examples of urban renaissance. See how neighborhoods along the Green Line, including the Waterfront and Navy Yard, plan to build on and duplicate this success.
#4 DO GO BACK TO ROCKVILLE CM 4
Ignore REM's hit song, "Don't Go Back to Rockville" and visit some of the best examples of suburban TOD in the region. See how the collective vision of private developers and jurisdictions was realized through planning and diligent implementation. Near the end of Metrorail's Red Line, the area's auto-centric orientation and conventional strip developments are being transformed into healthy urban environments concentrated around multimodal transit.
#5 WATERFRONT REVITALIZATION AND COMMUTER FERRIES CM 4.5
The Washington region is rediscovering its waterfronts. Many river front areas, in particular along the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers, have received, or are due to receive, significant investment for revitalization and reclamation. Capitol Riverfront in Washington; National Harbor in Maryland; and Old Town Alexandria in Virginia exemplify this waterfront renewal. Travel via ferry and see the public and private investment and hear about how ferry service could benefit the region.This tour also explores the impact and implementation of BRAC (The Department of Defense Base Realignment and Closure). BRAC is shifting volumes of personnel and traffic patterns throughout the region. Washington is already the most congested area in the country, without these additional complications. See how a commuter ferry service could offer numerous benefits: transit connections, bicycle commute options, links between military facilities on either side of the Potomac River; emergency evacuation and economic development. On this tour you'll travel between waterfront sites on a ferry run by a local operator involved in the development of the commuter ferry service.
12:00 PM-3:00 PM SYMPOSIUM
NEW STARTS SYMPOSIUM CM 3
Converting your vision for a New Starts or Small Starts project — or even extending an existing line — into reality can be filled with challenges and opportunities. Learn directly from professionals who have overcome the challenges in bringing rail transit and bus rapid transit to the communities. Hear straight talk about how to avoid common pitfalls and successfully follow in their tracks. Experts will discuss how you can make the difference between failure and success by articulating your vision, getting ample local and private financing and understanding federal priorities throughout the project development approval process. Federal Transit Administration representatives will be available to answer questions and share insights into their program objectives.
Moderator: Jeffrey F. Boothe, Partner, Holland & Knight; Chair, New Starts Working Group, Washington, DC
Moderator: Diana C. Mendes, Senior Vice President, Director of Strategic Investments, Transportation, AECOM, Arlington, Virginia
Cheryl King, AICP, Assistant General Manager of Planning and Transit System Development, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, Georgia
Lucy Garliauskas, Associate Administrator, Transportation Planning and Environment, Federal Transit Administration, US Department of Transportation, Washington, DC
Richard P. Steinmann, Senior Advisor to the Administration, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
Michael A. Allegra, General Manager, Utah Transit Authority, Salt Lake City, Utah
Ray Amoruso, Chief Planning and Development Officer, Hampton Roads Transit, Norfolk, Virginia
1:00 PM-5:00 PM MOBILE WORKSHOPS
#6 UNION STATION: CONNECTING PEOPLE AND PLACES CM 4
A multimodal transportation center, Union Station is both a gateway to the district and a transit hub for commuters and residents. More than 32 million people use it each year. Come see ongoing and planned improvements, from preservation of a historic building to incorporating new modes, such as bikeshare, into an existing transit hub. Witness a growing center, struggling to meet the needs of all users by creating seamless connections between modes.
#7 NORTHERN VIRGINIA STREETCARS: COLUMBIA PIKE AND RT. 1 CM 4
A new streetcar system planned for two corridors in Northern Virginia is reshaping land use plans for Alexandria, as well as Arlington and Fairfax counties. See how land use and transportation planning are being integrated in anticipation of the future streetcars. Explore how Arlington's new form-based code has transformed the urban form and street space along Columbia Pike. Visit Potomac Yard, an abandoned rail yard, spawning intense mixed-use development along a dedicated transitway.
#8 ARLINGTON BY BIKE CM 4
Arlington County is not just a TOD star, but also a leader in bicycle transport. Pedal around Arlington, along dedicated bike lanes and trails. You'll see transit-oriented development near several of Arlington's rail and bus transit stations. The route will include two Metrorail corridors; Shirlington, an urban village built on bus transit with a new bus station; and some of Arlington's more innovative bicycle and pedestrian facilities, including its bikeshare program. Approximate distance: 15 easy miles.
#9 TOD THAT'S AFFORDABLE CM 4
Tour the Braddock Metro neighborhood and see the ongoing redevelopment of public housing into a mixed-income community with a range of housing options — market rate, workforce, affordable and public — consistent with the neighborhood's character. Learn how the City engaged all sectors of the community in the planning and implementation of projects affecting this neighborhood. Experience it all on this tour that combines transit and walking. Braddock Metro has nearly all the ingredients of a great traditional neighborhood: an existing network of walkable streets and small blocks; a surrounding fabric of human-scaled, historic row houses, small apartment buildings and churches; a new community center; a riverfront and downtown commercial core within easy walking distance; and a rail transit station that can whisk riders to the heart of the nation's capital in twenty minutes.
#10 KING STREET/OLD TOWN: OUR PAST AND OUR FUTURE CM 4
Old Town is a living example of early American urban planning with a retail street surrounded by some of the most desirable vintage residential neighborhoods. King Street draws tourists and metro residents, alike, to shop, dine and experience an authentic historic town. See how Old Town evolved from a commercial seaport community into Alexandria's primary retail area. Learn how King Street changed, all the while preserving its history and culture. The rebirth of Old Town and King Street began at the waterfront on the Potomac River; was spurred on by redevelopment and construction of new civic facilities in the 1970s; anchored by the King Street Metro Station in the early 1980s; and continues today as sections of the street are revitalized with new infill, restoration and commercial life. This tour, via transit and foot, will cover decades of community revitalization and investment.
#11 H ST NE CORRIDOR: REINVESTMENT VIA PREMIUM TRANSIT CM 4
One of DC's earliest and busiest commercial corridors — home to one of the original streetcar lines in DC — H Street changed profoundly in 1968 resulting from riots after the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s death. In 2003, 20 percent of the parcels fronting H Street were vacant. See how significant reinvestment and improved access to premium transit, such as streetcars, are leading to economic development, social change and art along H Street.
#12 HOW STREETCARS CREATED THE CITY CM 4.5
Washington has waited 50 years for its streetcars to return. Next year, they'll be back on H Street and Benning Road and will once again be an integral part of the rhythm of the city. Discover how streetcars helped create communities in the District and its surrounding suburbs with a tour of the National Capital Trolley Museum. Explore a treasure trove of historic cars from around the region — and even enjoy a ride!
6:00 PM-8:00 PM NETWORKING EVENT
On Sunday evening, make your way downtown for a welcome reception at Washington's oldest, most historic saloon, the Old Ebbitt Grill. Join your local host committee, local sponsors and your fellow Rail~Volution attendees for live jazz and a dazzling light show in the adjacent 12-story atrium. Venture to the rooftop for DC's best bird's-eye view of the White House, Washington Monument and cityscape!