One of the most exciting things to observe over the past year has been examples of reinvestment in our communities. At PEC, our hope is to encourage sustained efforts to make Piedmont towns, farms and open spaces even better. We want to be a part of broader community efforts, both as a direct investor and by supporting the investment of others. At the end of the day, it is the sum total of individual investments in time, resources, and effort that makes a community great. And, it is the sum of all of your investments in PEC and its programs that advances the common vision for the Piedmont region.
In our last newsletter, we shared great news regarding the demise of the ill-conceived Western Bypass. As you might recall, a major blow to the project had been delivered back in February, when the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced serious reservations about the viability of the project. It made it clear that the necessary federal approvals were indoubt unless VDOT reevaluated the entire project, including a new review of alternatives.
The opening of the Silver Line this past July was an important step toward a better future for the Washington metropolitan region and the Commonwealth of Virginia. For decades, Tysons has been an example of 20th century development, urban and suburban areas that don’t quite work—too many cars, no sidewalks and not enough green space.
The opening of the Silver Line on Saturday is a major event that is an important step towards a better future for the Washington metropolitan region and the Commonwealth of Virginia. For decades, Tysons has been an example of 20th century development, urban and suburban areas that don't quite work -- too many cars, no sidewalks and not enough green space. The community's investment in the Silver Line presents us with a once-in-a-generation opportunity to improve our travel and commutes, restore air and water quality, enhance our ability to preserve the rural economy and ultimately, transform the quality of life in communities along the new Metro line and in the region as a whole.This text was taken from an email sent out on July 24, 2104. Read More
Photo by C. Hanchey The Waterloo Bridge is a valuable piece of the history of Culpeper and Fauquier Counties that was recently closed to traffic by the Virginia Department of Transportation due to safety concerns. Let VDOT and our County leaders know that this historic bridge should be rehabilitated and remain open for vehicle traffic. Sign the Petition... Read More
Often environmentalists are told that we just 'say no' to things. To which I would argue -- saying 'no' to a bad idea is a very important part of what we do. But it's not all we do. At The Piedmont Environmental Council we also strive to put forward constructive alternatives. That's why it's so frustrating to see the Virginia Department of Transportation, led by Sean Connaughton, make mega-projects like the Outer Beltway and Charlottesville Bypass its highest priority. Despite great arguments against both projects -- fiscal, environmental, common sense arguments -- and plenty of alternatives, VDOT is charging ahead. This text is from an email alert sent out on September 19, 2013: Read More
Extending rail service to Loudoun County is about more than transportation. WAMU host Kojo Nnamdi explores the political and societal aspects of the Silver Line (with commentary by PEC President, Chris Miller!). Listen GuestsChris Miller -- President, The Piedmont Environmental Council Martin Di Caro -- Transportation Reporter, WAMU Geary Higgins -- Member, Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Read More
If you've ever wondered what roads will be built or what new transit options are going to exist in the near term --The Commonwealth Transportation Board has released its working draft of Virginia's Six-Year Improvement Program for comments, due by Friday, May 18, 2012.The recently released draft plan covers 2013-2018 and it includes all of the proposed highway, road and bridge projects as well as rail, transit, bicycle, pedestrian and other transportation improvements across the state -- with a total associated cost of $10.6 billion. Read More