Traffic: It’s Not Just for Breakfast Anymore

The Washington Post reports that Tysons Corner, poster child for “Edge City” sprawl, sees heavier traffic counts at lunch as it does during the morning or evening peaks.

Not everyone, like this lunch commuter, was so worked up about it.

“We drive a mile at most,” he said. “Even with traffic, it’s not more than a couple of minutes.”

Why even take such a short drive?

On a recent sunny weekday, four young financiers got out of Mike Eisenberg’s Acura in the parking lot of the Silver Diner. They took the three-minute drive from their office building, rather than walk. “We’re not willing to risk our lives crossing Route 123,” Eisenberg said.


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3 Responses to “Traffic: It’s Not Just for Breakfast Anymore”

  1. Erin Fuller Says:

    We agree that driving across the street for lunch is ludicrous – and invite you and your readers to visit and register, so that you can receive updated information related to Tysons’ development. The Tysons Land Use Development Plan is before the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors for implementation, and they need to hear from residents, commuters and other stakeholders that we want a community designed for people, rather than cars.

    One fact: today, Tysons has 160,000 parking spaces… in the proposed plan, Tysons will have 160 acres of parks.

  2. Quinn Says:

    I used to work in Tyson’s Corner. And lunch time is terrible….TERRIBLE. I can’t imagine walking around the area. Routes 123 (Chain Bridge Rd) and Route 7 (Leesburg Pike) are practically highways and were clearly built without much, if any, consideration to pedestrians. Strip malls crowd the streets, the massive Tysons Corner Mall & Galleria attract tons of consumers, office buildings are everywhere and there are quite a few “service roads” that run alongside routes 123 and 7 that make driving difficult and painfully slow. Oh and don’t forget the construction that’s now going on to build the metro out to Dulles Airport. So yes, walking across Route 123 does pose a threat to one’s life should they attempt to walk across it during lunchtime (or any other time, really).

  3. David Hembrow Says:

    It shouldn’t really be a big surprise. Infrastructure tells you what to do. In the case of horribly busy roads, it tells people to drive if they can. Anything else feels much too unsafe.

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