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Author Topic: Locals don't want the US 1 overpasses near Crystal City torn down  (Read 3765 times)

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Re: Locals don't want the US 1 overpasses near Crystal City torn down
« Reply #100 on: February 04, 2021, 02:45:06 PM »

On the two Pentagon lots south of 395:

I measured on Google Maps, and both lots are about 1500 feet from main Pentagon entrances. About three-tenths of a mile, give or take. Doesn't seem long enough to justify a shuttle. Especially when you consider how big the Pentagon already is. I walked a loop of the place in December 2019, and it's not exactly a short walk round. I'm sure the workers are more than fit enough to stomach that walk!

Could the shuttles perhaps relate to accessibility for handicapped personnel?

Or bad weather, or elderly, or carrying heavy objects, etc.

Honestly, shuttles are a really cheap and easy way to augment parking capacity when you don't have enough land in adjoining areas.

Also, if you ever wait for a bus at the Pentagon, you can see the "shadow" bus system that WHS runs between DOD sites in Northern VA and Downtown DC.
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Re: Locals don't want the US 1 overpasses near Crystal City torn down
« Reply #101 on: February 04, 2021, 02:56:56 PM »

On the two Pentagon lots south of 395:

I measured on Google Maps, and both lots are about 1500 feet from main Pentagon entrances. About three-tenths of a mile, give or take. Doesn't seem long enough to justify a shuttle. Especially when you consider how big the Pentagon already is. I walked a loop of the place in December 2019, and it's not exactly a short walk round. I'm sure the workers are more than fit enough to stomach that walk!

Could the shuttles perhaps relate to accessibility for handicapped personnel?

Or bad weather, or elderly, or carrying heavy objects, etc.

Honestly, shuttles are a really cheap and easy way to augment parking capacity when you don't have enough land in adjoining areas.

Also, if you ever wait for a bus at the Pentagon, you can see the "shadow" bus system that WHS runs between DOD sites in Northern VA and Downtown DC.

I don't think the parking would be for ADA. There's no ADA parking in those lots.

But sure, yeah, I mean bad weather and other stuff sure. But then the walk between those lots and the primary non-shuttle lots are almost totally covered by the freeway.
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Re: Locals don't want the US 1 overpasses near Crystal City torn down
« Reply #102 on: February 04, 2021, 07:11:46 PM »

Speaking of that big five-sided building, a certain someone might be surprised to see just how many people in military uniforms commute to said building on the Metrorail. Plenty of others drive, of course.

The ads directed at the patrons of the Pentagon City Metro station are a sight to see as well (its all military contractors).

As for Crystal City, many years ago I stayed at the Marriott Crystal Gateway in a room that overlooked US-1. If they remove the interchange, there may be queuing issues on I-395 South due to the traffic backing up at the lights. Its already pretty bad with things as they are right now during rush hour.

I did some walking around the area for a bite to eat and I wouldn't say US-1 right now is too pedestrian friendly. Just a ton of traffic, most of which not expecting too many peds crossing the street.
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Re: Locals don't want the US 1 overpasses near Crystal City torn down
« Reply #103 on: February 07, 2021, 09:42:07 AM »

It's worth noting that the Hayes St lot has a pedestrian tunnel under 395.  I used it a few times when I bike commuted to the Pentagon.
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Re: Locals don't want the US 1 overpasses near Crystal City torn down
« Reply #104 on: February 22, 2021, 08:11:42 AM »

Curious about the huge Pentagon lots.  I expect that senior staff and registered carpools can get spots there.  Given the large number, even a market rate charge is probably not too expensive, and probably a lot cheaper than private lots in Pentagon City or Crystal City.  For even something like $50/month, it is far more convenient to drive than to take public transportation, even if the subsidies make the cost $0.  The Pentagon is probably one of the easiest parts of the area, outside of Downtown DC, to commute by alternate transportation.

If they really want to push more people out of their cars, they can simply close some of the lots and raise the prices.
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Re: Locals don't want the US 1 overpasses near Crystal City torn down
« Reply #105 on: February 24, 2021, 12:14:06 PM »

Parking lots *on* government facilities are generally, if not always, free. In fact, I don't even know if the agencies that own the parking lots/garages have the authority to charge for parking if it was warranted.

Note that this does not include private buildings in and around DC which are partially or fully-leased by federal agencies - a not uncommon arrangement.

Your policy recommendation (close the lots and institute a parking fee) wouldn't make it past a first-level review at the Pentagon, let alone Congressional oversight.

The only way I could see surface lots closing is for a replacement with parking garages (i.e. retain or grow the amount of parking spaces, but with less square footage involved).

Because if you close the lots - then what do you do with them? There's already a full transit hub there, so there's no real growth opportunity for mass transit. In theory you could develop the land by selling it off, but I can't see that happening for reasons related to security and the real estate market.

If you're going to get rid of *any* Pentagon-owned lots, it would be the ones on the south side of I-395, along Army-Navy Drive:

1) They're the furthest away and hence least convenient
2) They don't hold too many spots (although they do have parking for motor coaches visiting the 9/11 memorial, and also the Pentagon Reservation shuttle bus fleet)
3) They're the most likely to be possibly developed in the future, along with the Amazon City/National Landing/Bezosville developments.
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