Moran Says Army Erred In Choosing BRAC Site | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Moran Says Army Erred In Choosing BRAC Site

Play associated audio

By David Schultz

More than 200 Northern Virginians attended a town hall meeting to voice their concerns about BRAC the Armys Base Realignment and Closure process - and the traffic congestion that may come with it.

Steven Lally lives in Alexandria near the site where 6,000 new Army jobs will be coming next year - a site miles away from the nearest Metro station.

"It was ludicrous to put the building where it is not accessible to railroad," he says.

This town hall was held by Northern Virginia Congressman Jim Moran, a vociferous opponent of the BRAC moves.

Moran says the site in Alexandria was chosen because Army officials thought it would cost less than more Metro-accessible alternatives.

"It has subsequently become apparent," Moran says, "that one of the reasons there was a substantial difference in price is that the transportation plan was inadequate."

Moran says the cost of dealing with transportation at the Alexandria site now far exceeds what it would've cost to locate the jobs closer to Metro.

NPR

Rod McKuen, The Cheeseburger To Poetry's Haute Cuisine

Poet Rod McKuen was loved by millions but mocked by literary critics. He died this week at age 81.
NPR

Shake Shack Sizzles With IPO As McDonald's Fizzles

Shares of the burger chain shot up Friday, its first trading day. Shake Shack and other fast-casual joints are taking a bite out of McDonald's, which can't recast itself to fit the current trend.
NPR

What Romney's Retreat Means For GOP Hopefuls

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with senior Washington editor Ron Elving about the narrowing Republican presidential field for 2016 and what we've seen so far in the first month of the new Congress.
NPR

Media Outlets Partner With Snapchat To Appeal To Younger Users

As people disappear from the audiences of conventional news organizations, 11 media outlets have partnered with Snapchat in the U.S. to offer its younger users easily digested fare within the app.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.