Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Learn more about proposed new indoor rec center.
Interested in hearing more about Reston Community Center's plans for a potential new recreation center at Baron Cameron Park? Reston Citizens Association is sponsoring a forum at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Reston Association headquarters. RCC Executive Director Leila Gordon will describe the history of the project to date, explain the decisions that have been made so far, talk about what has yet to be decided. RCC, in partnership with the Fairfax County Park Authority, is looking into building an indoor recreation center, probably with a 50-meter pool, at Baron Cameron. The center would be financed by Small Tax District 5. More: RCA's Colin Mills on RCC Plan RCC Looking Into New Rec Center RCC Outlines Rec Center Process
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Reston Citizens Association report offers 20 ways to improve bus service to Metro's Wiehle-Reston East station.
Metro is scheduled to open its first Silver Line station in Reston in December. With the improved rail access comes predictions of a traffic mess for locals. The Reston Citizens Association has a new report on how to improve bus transportation to the Wiehle-Reston East station. RCA also recently authored a report on how to improve Wiehle Avenue, which will surely have an impact as Metro riders use it to access the 2,300-space parking garage at the station. The newest report, Building on Reston's Transit Tradition: Enhancing Bus Service with the Arrival of Metrorail, offers 20 recommendations. Among them: * Maximize public transit service to Wiehle Station. Encourage use of public transit by making Reston bus service more frequent, …
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Advocacy group predicts congestion ahead, despite - or maybe because of - Metro's Wiehle-Reston East station opening in December 2013.
The Reston Citizens Association is offering some solutions to what it predicts will be a huge traffic problem when Metrorail's Silver Line opens in December 2013. In a new report titled Wiehle Metro Station Access: Congestion Ahead, the citizens advocacy group says Fairfax County has not made Wiehle station readily accessible to all who might want to get there. "Some important improvements are being made around the station, in part in conjunction with the Comstock (parking garage) project," the report says. "However, several important projects have not been built and are unlikely to be completed during the period the Wiehle station is the end of the line." In 2008, a dedicated group of Reston residents and County officials completed the …
Friday, November 9, 2012
Reston Citizens Association president urges task force to choose slightly lower density to keep quality of life.
Reston Citizens Association president Colin Mills is urging the Reston Master Plan Task Force to choose a development scenario with lower density as the group moves forward with its recommendations for transit-oriented development (TOD). In a letter sent Thursday to Patty Nicoson, Chairman of the Reston Master Plan Special Study Task Force, Mills and RCA outline their support of Fairfax County's latest draft Reston TOD area planning scenario—"Scenario G." Scenario G rolls back some of the permitted densities and adjusts the mix of uses to a slightly more residential orientation. The letter responds to two letters sent to Ms. Nicoson by attorney Andrew A. Painter of Walsh, Colucci, Lubeley, Emrich & Walsh PC criticizing Scenario G as …
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Citizens' group says Metro does not really want to hear public input on toll increases.
RCA says that Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority's planned September public hearings "are a sham" and a marketing exercise. MWAA has scheduled three area hearings, including one on Sept. 12 at South Lakes High School, to collect citizen feedback on planned increases for the Dulles Toll Road that will help finance Metro's Silver Line, currently under construction. RCA says MWAA should call the meetings a "public show and tell." “RCA is deeply disappointed in MWAA’s cynical plan to give the appearance of soliciting public comment without any of the substance,” RCA President Colin Mills said in a statement. “Even though MWAA claims to be interested in hearing the public’s opinion, MWAA’s plan for the hearings does not lay out a clear …
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Advocacy group says Virginia should not spend on finance costs for Metrorail Phase 2.
The Reston Citizens Association is urging Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell to use the $150 million it has pledged to help pay for construction of Phase 2 of the Silver Line as a down payment on the capital construction costs rather than as payments against interest on MWAA revenue bonds needed to finance the rail line extension. In a letter to McDonnell, RCA President Colin Mills says "in using the $150 million to help pay down the interest payments on MWAA’s forthcoming revenue bonds for the Silver Line’s Phase 2, the payments will contribute much less than $50 million—maybe as little as $30 million—to Phase 2’s overall $3 billion capital cost.” Mills calls for the State of Virginia to use the $150 million dollars—payable in three annual $…
Friday, July 6, 2012
There is still time to vote online for Reston Citizens Association Board.
Monday, June 18, 2012
Reston Citizens Association board election starts June 24.
Monday, June 18, 2012
The Reston Citizens Association (RCA) has announced the candidates running in its 2012 Board of Directors election. Voting will run June 24 through July 8. Voting used to take place at the annual Reston Festival, but with the demise of that event, voting will now take place online, says RCA president Colin Mills. RCA represents the citizens of Reston on political and social issues, including planning, development, transportation, accessibility, and more. RCA is committed to preserving Bob Simon's founding principles and New Town vision as Reston moves forward as an established community. The following seats are up for election: President, North Point Director, Lake Anne/Tall Oaks/Town Center Director, South Lakes Director, Hunters Woods …
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Longtime volunteer gets Reston Citizens Association award.
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Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Nick Brown was awarded the Reston Citizens Association's Citizen of the Year award in a ceremony at Reston Community Center at Hunters Woods on Monday. Brown was nomintated by Reston Interfaith volunteer manager Mandy Guernsey. Brown is a scientist who has volunteered for years for a variety of organizations, including the Cub Scouts, the South Lakes Band Boosters, Hunters Woods Fellowship House, local and regional science fairs, Reston Interfaith, the Reston Swim Team Association and the Lake Anne Elementary PTA. In his acceptance speech, Brown urged Restonians to address the plight of low-income seniors in the community.
Friday, January 27, 2012
Reston group wants additional study done before Silver Line Phase 2 gets going.
The Reston Citizens Association says that a recent forecast of traffic and revenue from the Dulles Toll Road contains "many very large errors" and wants an additional study be untertaken before there are any more decisions made on moving forward with Phase 2 of the Metro Silver Line. “Our analysis of a number of Wilbur Smith Associate’s forecasts for toll facilities indicates they frequently overestimate the toll revenues,” said Colin Mills, President of the Reston Citizens Associations (RCA) Board of Directors. “These overestimates have led to major financial restructurings and even toll road bankruptcies in the cases we looked at, resulting in major losses to investors and bondholders as well as often requiring new public funding and …