Fairfax County supervisors gave a “thumbs-up” to a long-term blueprint transforming Tysons Corner from a congested commuter nightmare to a walkable, environment-friendly cityscape by 2030, with further plans extending to 2050.
In 2010, Tysons Corner can be a downright frustrating place to work or shop. America’s 12th-largest business district is a commuting migraine for the 100,000 people who come through the area on an average weekday. The sprawl of shopping centers and office space falls in such a way over 46 million square-feet that foot traffic isn’t practical while mass transit is underdeveloped.
Four new Metro train stations are scheduled to open in the area by 2013 with the creation of the new silver line, which would alleviate traffic on the two main roads in the district, Routes 7 and 123.
The plan coattails the new Metro line, in a effort to bring a complete convenience overhaul to the area: complete with spruced-up office space, new residential areas and more boutiques and shops.
There would also be an internal transit system to further ease travel for commuters.
“Tysons is a downtown. While it may not be a municipality, it will be a community,” Supervisor Catherine M. Hudgins (D-Hunter Mill), whose district includes the employment hub, said before the vote, according to The Washington Post. “Tysons is not going to be an auto-oriented environment. It’s going to be walkable for the people who live there and for the economy.”