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Old 06-09-2013, 10:09 PM
 
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Oh great. More possible traffic to Van Dorn Street?
Van Dorn isn't really near this location- it shouldn't be impacted much.
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Old 06-10-2013, 04:20 AM
 
Location: Arlington, VA and Washington, DC
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Oh great. More possible traffic to Van Dorn Street?
Probably extremely minimal impact. Now the Capital Beltway and the WW bridge, another story.
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Old 06-10-2013, 07:16 AM
 
Location: Falls Church, VA
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I don't agree with this. What you're basically saying is that transit-focused people should oppose any business or agency moving between Metro lines.

Transit-focused people should be happy with this move, or at the very least indifferent to it, especially compared to other recent government moves, like the Mark Center debacle. NSF is moving from someplace with easy access to one Metro line (Orange) to a place with easy access to two Metro lines (Yellow and Blue) and two VRE lines (Manassas and Fredericksburg). The move is happening in 4 years, so any employees looking for a place to buy between now and then will take the new location into account. You'll also have a bit of turnover between now and then, and of course whoever comes into the agency will be aware of the new location.

How so?
I just know that a good number of people at NSF bike to work. I doubt they will sell their house and move, and transferring twice is a major hassle, so they will likely drive. The people I've talked to that live in Alexandria have said that they would not bike to that location.

Turnover is a fair point. NSF has a lot of temporary employees from universities, etc.
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Old 06-10-2013, 03:05 PM
 
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I just know that a good number of people at NSF bike to work. I doubt they will sell their house and move, and transferring twice is a major hassle, so they will likely drive. The people I've talked to that live in Alexandria have said that they would not bike to that location.

Turnover is a fair point. NSF has a lot of temporary employees from universities, etc.
I'm not sure if anyone is aware that the GW parkway is a pretty easy drive from Arlington to Alexandria. To take 66 or 395 to the beltway and loop back up would be ignorant.
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Old 06-10-2013, 06:12 PM
 
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This move shouldn't be looked at for the present, but for the projected opening at 2017. The plans on south side of Eisenhower, directly across from this property are substantial (replace surface lots w/ garages, high rises, Harris Teeter, additional commercial properties), but they needed a catalyst to get going and NSF hopefully will be it. I get that it won't be great for many commutes to go from Ballston to Eisenhower or King St. but I've seen far, far worse moves for federal agencies than that.
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