I just found out, about 14 days late, that the City of Alexandria Motorcoach Task Force formally proposed to the Traffic & Parking Board a number of parking changes in order for the tourist buses (a.k.a. motorcoaches) to be allowed to park outside of the Old Town area. And where exactly did they decide to make the main parking section for the buses? On Jamieson Ave just outside of our area. Here are the details:
The City is requesting to remove 26 parking spaces on the south side of Jamieson Avenue to create 10 seasonal tour bus parking spaces and add seasonal tour bus parking signage.
The 26 parking spaces must be removed to ensure the tour buses have adequate space to load and unload passengers, the area must be handicapped accessible and to allow the bus to get out of the travel-way when loading and unloading passengers. The City can determine during non-touring season to allow the 26 parking spaces to return.
My question is this. Why with parking at such a premium in Carlyle have we allowed the City to come in and try to take parking away from our area? I have seen all 26 spaces full at night everyday of the week. You can certainly bet that the motorcoaches won’t be completely in the parking area and out of the traffic lane so proceed with caution if this eventually passes in that area.
City Council got smart (wait…it’s an election year) to defer the request on March 24, 2009 to install short-term motorcoach parking on Jamieson Avenue until April with the provision that staff would return to the Traffic and Parking Board with at least two alternate locations and a no-park alternative. Council also issued a proviso that the recommendation goes back to the Motorcoach Task Force in April for further review.
Here is the docket report for the last Traffic & Parking Board meeting from March 23, 2009:
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