The Traffic & Parking Board meeting on Monday, April 27, 2009 featured one item of old business that affected the residents of Carlyle. Previously, we reported to you about the March meeting of the board which kind of snuck up on me. The need is for an area that is close to restrooms and/or restaurants as the Motorcoach drivers need to have somewhere to go as they sometimes need to wait up to 2-3 hours.
To recap, the Alexandria Motorcoach Task Force came up with a list of spaces that the City could take to use for visiting motorcoaches and presented their findings at the March 23 meeting. Their only consideration was to take the 26 2 hour spaces that sit between Holland Lane and West Street just outside of our neighborhood.
These 26 spaces are in use constantly by Carlyle residents/guests, PTO employees/guests, residents/guests of Old Town Village, and by Shiloh Baptist Church on Sundays. Several of our neighbors spoke out against this Task Force suggestion at the March 23 meeting and as a result, the board asked the Task Force to figure out a couple of other options other than the Jamieson Ave solution and gave the Task Force a one month deferment.
The Task Force presented at Monday’s meeting, three possible locations that can be used. Top on the list was the current Wheeler Ave bus depot location. Number 2 on the list was the Royal Street (near the St. Mary’s school) location. Number 3 was the Jamieson Ave location.
After much debate, including a great question by Board Chairman Jay Johnson about using the area in the back of Potomac Yards, which many buses use now, the board voted to take Jamieson completely off the table. This motion caused many of the public in attendance to clap loudly.
The Board also voted to use the Wheeler Ave location for this season up to the end of June. At that time, they will revisit the situation. The Royal Street neighborhood, which was heavily in attendance, did not like the possibility that they may allow the buses to park down on Royal near Jones Point Park.