HOW YOU CAN HELP: E-mail or phone the Fairfax Co. Planning Commission: ask that they enforce the Trails Plan here (not grant a waiver); also contact Mt Vernon Supervisor Gerry Hyland to thank him for his support on this issue (contacts below).
UPDATEx2 (3/17) The Planning Commission has defered this issue till April 23. PHTA will testify then. Please continue to contact them to support this trail. On March 6, PHTA met with Supervisor Hyland who expressed strong support for enforcing the Trails Plan to create this trail (please thank him for his support).
On March 11, PHTA testified at the South County Federation to urge support for the trail. This marathon meeting was mostly devoted to a different issue--whether the ESI Landfill in Lorton should close on time in 2018 or be expanded; the citizens unanimously supported closure. PHTA would also like to see it closed on schedule and converted to a park with trails.
On March 27, PHTA will meet with the Fairfax County Park Authority's new director, Kirk Kincannon, to make the case for this and other new trail initiatives.
UPDATE (3/5) Planning Commission addresses this issue March 13 at the Fx Co Govt Center.