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Incentivized carpooling may be one way to ease traffic nightmare around the upcoming Mark Center complex.

Now that the federal government has forced Virginia to take more time studying a dedicated HOV ramp into the Mark Center, Coalition for Smarter Growth executive director Stewart Schwartz says the only hope for transit sanity around the new building this fall lies with the workers themselves.

The Department of Defense needs to incentivize carpooling, says Schwartz. He also says the agency will need to incentivize four-person carpooling, and not just three-person carpooling, if it's serious about helping traffic.

He says it's something the Defense did before at the Pentagon, back when area highways were HOV-4.

"And they gave great incentive," Schwartz says. "You only got a parking space -- a parking space somewhere short of 2 miles away -- if you were a four-person carpool."

Workers start commuting to the Mark Center complex in September.

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