First they thought about building a bus transportation center near Battlefield High School in Haymarket, ignoring the volume of homes and the emerging traffic issues of the growing suburban area. When they came the neighborhood school to talk about the plan, the meeting was loud and the people made their meaning clear: not here.
Looks like they’re at it again.
Last week, the Prince William County School District held a community forum at Bull Run Middle School about the wandering bus center – a delightful 14-acres of buses, repair facilities, gas stations and offices – to sell to a different set of residents on a new location: Catharpin Park on Sudley Road (234). And just like the Haymarket residents, Catharpin homeowners were not pleased at the spectre of fouled sightlines, air pollution, contaminated wells and traffic gridlock. According to the Washington Post, in fact, one school board member apologized during the session for her “yes” vote on the location, while other less, um, sorry politicians attempted to leverage the situation into a grandstanding opportunity. Vote for me!
Check out the link to the Washington Post story, here. And plan on attending the Prince William Planning Commission approval meeting for the bus center on October 15. The agenda isn’t posted yet, but working sessions usually begin at 6 pm and the hearing starts at 7 pm. Go here for more information, or call (703) 792-7615.