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Report: Pentagon BRAC study used faulty data to estimate Mark Center relocation impact

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A new report from the Pentagon's inspector general says that the Army used faulty data to estimate the impact that moving 6,400 defense workers to Mark Center in Alexandria would have.

Now, Virginia Rep. Jim Moran (D-8th) is recommending that leaders in Alexandria and Fairfax County use the report to file for an injunction to prevent the move.

“From our point of view this situation cannot be rectified before the September 15th deadline with 6,400 people are supposed to be moved to this building,” Moran said.

Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Sharon Bulova has also said that the board will consider a lawsuit to stop the move. Legal options will be weighed in a meeting next Tuesday.

In the report, the inspector general writes that the 2008 Pentagon study that minimized the impact that the BRAC realignment would have on the environment and traffic on I-395 used incorrect information.

He says the traffic studies used by the Army did not address existing and projected rush hour traffic at Mark Center, located at an already congested area of Seminary Road in Alexandria.

The City of Alexandria said it’s reviewing the Inspector General’s report. The report “validates the conclusions from additional traffic studies” conducted by the city and the Virginia Department of Transportation over the past three years.

The Army had previously said that the BRAC move would have no significant impact on traffic. Almost all of the employees being moved would relocated to Mark Center from Crystal City.

In Crystal City, employees have access to the Blue and Yellow lines of Metro. The relocation would force most of them to commute by car.

“This should not have been built. Period,” Moran said.

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