The BRAC Impact
In order to provide a better environment for commenting, we have changed our commenting platform. In order to participate, you will need to register. Unfortunately, old log-in and accounts are not able to transfer to our new system. We have also enabled you to be able to log in with your Facebook, Twitter or Google account.
WTOP.com - Purpose of Comments statement
Hubbard Radio, LLC encourages site users to express their opinions by posting comments. Our goal is to maintain a civil dialogue in which readers feel comfortable. At times, the comment boards following articles, blog posts and other content can descend to personal attacks. Please do not engage in such behavior here. We encourage your thoughtful comments which:
- Have a positive and constructive tone
- Are on topic, clear and to-the-point
- Are respectful toward others and their opinions
Hubbard Radio, LLC reserves the right to remove comments which do not conform to these criteria.
Satellite parking, as far away as Prince William and Stafford counties, is one idea being floated to ease the anticipated congestion in Alexandria with the relocation of 6,400 defense-related workers.
Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., talks about the latest inspector general's report that concludes the Army used flawed data in deciding to relocate 6,400 workers to the Mark Center.
The inspector general's report that's coming out this week says the Army did not meet state and federal standards when it decided to relocate 6,400 workers to Alexandria.
The Defense Department Inspector General's office launched an investigation into the plans to move 6,400 defense-related jobs to Alexandria's Mark Center next September.
Walter Reed Army Medical Center was not only a bustling hospital for the nation's war wounded and their families, it apparently helped keep many nearby businesses booming. But without the hospital things are getting ugly.
Keeping traffic headaches to a minimum is a top priority for BRAC realignment planners.
Predictions that the BRAC realignment would cause complete gridlock haven't happened. Not all of the workers relocating under BRAC have been transferred out of Arlington. While Fort Belvoir has seen most of its new workers start there, only about 2,500 of 6,400 workers have been transferrred to Alexandria. But WTOP listeners say they have seen changes to their commutes.
Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille remains concerned over possible security vulnerabilities at the Mark Center, where many defense workers are relocating.
Moving isn't easy when you're facing a downturn in the housing market. That's why the Homeowners Assistance Program (HAP) has been expanded.
There are new roads, bus lines and other improvements made across our region in response to the Base Realignment and Closure process. But one local congressman says it's not enough.
Officials at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington say Hurricane Irene is prompting them to accelerate the transfer of their last remaining patients to the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.
Traffic patterns across the region will begin changing this week as thousands of military-related workers move job locations as part of the military base realignment.
A new road project is set to widen the road leading to Quantico Marine Corps Base, making it easier to get to and from major roads in the area.
The road work includes widening Connecticut Avenue/Md.185 northbound from Manor Road almost to the Capital Beltway and widening Cedar Lane near Route 355.
Maj. Walter Reed's sword was symbolically handed over to the Navy at a ceremony Wednesday marking the closure of the Army hospital bearing his name, where hundreds of thousands of the nation's war wounded have been treated for more than a century.
Big changes are coming soon for the nation's wounded warriors because of BRAC. During a Tuesday media roundtable of senior military leaders, they say medical facilities are ready.
It is a small move when considering all the changes coming under the military's Base Realignment and Closure program, but it's still going to disrupt an entire neighborhood.
Despite all of Montgomery County's efforts, Sen. Ben Cardin says there will be significant gridlock in Bethesda.
At a board meeting, Metro will propose creating new bus lines that will run frequent express service to both the Mark Center and Fort Belvoir.
Moving a hospital is never easy. And once all the patients have been relocated comes the really hard part: Safely removing all radioactive material from inside.
The Joint Task Force National Capital Region Medical says there will be more than enough operating rooms to treat wounded warriors post-BRAC.
The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote later this week on a bill that includes a provision to delay the move of 6,400 workers to the Mark Center in Alexandria.
A team of reporters from WTOP Radio fanned out across our region to get a glimpse of what this new BRAC world will look like. Listen to our special documentary, "The BRAC Impact."
BRAC or Base Realignment and Closure will mean hundreds of thousands of employees, personnel, medical staff and patients relocating or trading places. One land use expert says the region could be heading for a transportation "meltdown."
WTOP and Federal News Radio partnered to provide the most comprehensive coverage of the BRAC initiative. Read the latest reports at Federal News Radio.com.
When the Base Realignment and Closure Commission was formed, it was given the goals of consolidation and saving money.
The influx of thousands of defense workers to the Mark Center in Alexandria will change traffic patterns along Interstate 395. In southern Fairfax County, more than 20,000 workers will flood Fort Belvoir as part of BRAC.
BRAC will result in the consolidation of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda.
When Stewart Schwartz, executive director of the Coalition for Smarter Growth, takes a look at the local BRAC sites -- The Mark Center, Fort Belvoir, Quantico Marine Base, Bethesda Naval and Fort Meade, he sees a "meltdown."
The health care of wounded warriors, military members and their families in the area is about to change forever, and the change is historic. And, after 102 years, Walter Reed Medical Center will close.
Imagine a hospital. Now imagine moving that hospital across town to a brand new facility. That's the daunting task facing Walter Reed Army Medical Center, as part of BRAC, in August.
For more than a hundred years, Walter Reed Army Medical Center has been the premier facility to treat war wounded who've lost limbs. But when it shuts down, the new Walter Reed in Bethesda will assume that responsibility.
The new Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, described by some as an extraordinary, spectacular, state of the art and cutting edge facility, is set to open in August.
As Base Realignment and Closure closes in, one top Pentagon official says compromises may have to be made in order to complete the move.
With just months to go until the Base Realignment and Closure plan is supposed to be realized in the D.C. region, concerns remain.