Rep. Tom Davis, R-Va., ranking member and former chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, declared victory today after the Army announced it will locate a key military facility at Mark Center, an office complex off I-395 in Alexandria, Va.
It helps, he said, because it reduced the number of people who will go to the Engineer Proving Ground facility in Springfield by about 6,400. The bad news is that Mark Center is not served by Metro.
"The Base Realignment and Closure Commission dealt us a tough hand in Northern Virginia in terms of traffic," said Davis. "And the worst part of it was the initial decision to send 18,000 workers to the Engineer Proving Ground in Springfield, which would've been a commuting disaster for that entire part of the county. I'm happy to say we've worked with the Army to reduce that number substantially. I wish Mark Center was served directly by Metro, but this still represents a huge victory for Northern Virginia commuters."