August 12, 2010
Dear Ms. Stillson:
Thank you for your letter regarding your offer to form or participate in a group that could promote an additional crossing of the Toll Road as well as your efforts to inquire about possible federal funding.
Our office has been in touch with Rep. Jim Moran's office regarding additional federal funding for this alignment and a copy of your letter has been forwarded to his staff. While you may not be aware, Rep. Moran has been instrumental in obtaining much of the $3.1 million needed for a pedestrian crossing at Trap Road that has been considered a priority for safety and to connect with other non-motorized facilities. There is a feeling that this project needs to be completed before additional federal funding can be requested.
The Wiehle Avenue Station Access Management Plan (RMAG) study (chapters 2 and 4) addresses a Toll Road crossing at Soapstone Drive to include a dedicated bus lane. RMAG recommendations have become county transportation priorities and staff is currently seeking all possible funding sources. The RMAG recommendations note the importance of this connection in reducing congestion and providing necessary access to the station. While an RMAG status report is a regular part of the quarterly HMD TAC meetings, we will be asking for a separate report on the Soapstone Drive Connector for the November meeting to address you rinterest in the issue. Of course the HMD TAC meetings are open to the public and you are encouraged to attend or send an RCA representative.
Copies of your letter have been forwarded to appropriate county staff and to Rep. Moran's office. Should you need additional information, please let us know.
Catherine M. Hudgins