Re: “County looks at transit options,” The Daily Progress, July 22:
Living in Albemarle County where development is going on at a rapid pace, I consider it a good thing that members of our Board of Supervisors are giving thought to the important issue of public transportation. Among the many problems mentioned by supervisors responding to a recent housing study was the much higher gasoline cost incurred as people seeking lower house prices move farther out of town.
As the story reported: “Supervisor Dennis S. Rooker said implementing Albemarle’s Neighborhood Model, which will focus growth in dense areas, with housing near businesses, should go part of the way to lowering commuting costs.”
Rooker was quoted as saying: “That [the model] tries to … move people closer to things and put people closer to transit. I think that is an important step.”
“Housing near businesses” — that is what caught my eye and prompts me to ask: How is the construction of the proposed 6.2 mile U.S. 29 Bypass (read “barrier”) paralleling our thriving U.S. 29 business areas compatible with the objective of encouraging “housing near businesses”? It will do just the opposite. Planned to cut through existing close-in neighborhoods of homes and schools, it is basically an impenetrable “wall” that will blight this beautiful close-in area and send people even farther out to find housing.
There is a new video called Let’sGo29 that demonstrates a far better solution to our local traffic congestion. The plan recommends road enhancements that are all positive improvements, while assuring that Charlottesville and this close-in area of Albemarle County will continue to be a beautiful, charming place to live. Check it out at www.LetsGo29.org.
Go29 is designed by local citizens with the best interests of our Charlottesville residents at heart. We might remember that 90 percent of the traffic now on U.S. 29 is local in character; only 10 percent of the vehicles on U.S. 29 are going through. (That means only five cars out of 50 you encounter on U.S. 29 are actually heading to Lynchburg or Culpeper.) We all need to learn in detail what Go29 can do for our community — and we all need to know in detail what the Western Bypass project will not do.
While there is still time, let us make the move that is best for Charlottesville and go with Go29.