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Transportation Concerns are a Priority in Southern Prince George’s County
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Many of the residents who drive in Oxon Hill have experienced what has become a very high volume, and somewhat dangerous daily commute during the evening rush hour.  How many times have we seen congestion along Indian Head Highway at the Wilson Bridge Drive and Livingston Road/Kerby Hill Road intersections? 

How many times have we seen the Oxon Hill Road main corridor congested with Rivertowne Shoppers as well as workers traveling home for the evening?  With the addition of the National Harbor, the BRAC re-alignment that is due next year, as well as growing communities in Oxon Hill, Fort Washington, Accokeek, and areas in Charles County, now is the time to address this matter. 

Maryland District 4 Representative Donna Edwards, who is up for re-election in November, has been very outspoken on passing legislation to improve the roads on Route 210, Indian Head Highway.  County Council District 8 Democratic primary winner, Obie Patterson, who will run unopposed in November, has brought transportation up in his platform, as well as economic development.  According to his website, www.ObiePatterson.com, Patterson is advocating for having a light rail that will serve as an attraction for the community and potential employers to stimulate the local economy.

 

In what has become equally concerning, in the issue of transportation, is the increasing delays at bus stops for Metrobus service.  Oxon Hill, especially with the addition of the National Harbor, has become a destination for many and delaying improvements to our Metro service in this area will only exacerbate below average Metrobus service. 

On August 24th, at the Oxon Hill Library, residents aired their concerns with WMATA’s service in the southern part of county.  The routes that were up for discussion include D12, D13, and D14 bus routes.  Residents complained about crowded bus lines, inconsistency in arrival times, and dysfunctional transfers.  Metro officials responded by stating that any changes that are approved would be made in 2011.  The officials also stated that any changes made to these routes would also compete with funding concerns in communities in Montgomery County as well as communities in Prince George’s County.

Even at this point, with foreclosures continuing at a high rate in Oxon Hill and the growing development of the National Harbor, transportation is arguably the most glaring issue facing Oxon Hill on a day-to-day basis. 

It will be difficult to imagine a positive response to any more proposals to economic development, if the transportation does not improve.  The formula is simple economic development brings more traffic, so why continue to perpetuate a problem that already exists in our community? 

An increase in military personnel from the BRAC realignment will surely bring new residents to this area as well.  The residents of Oxon Hill have spoken and the elected leaders, who will be either newly elected or seeking election, will be under the watchful eyes of residents who have longed for solutions to our transportation issues.

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