Redskins outline transit plan for proposed stadium

June 22, 1994|By Katherine Richards | Katherine Richards,Sun Staff Writer

Two hundred air-conditioned luxury charter buses equipped with restrooms and video screens that would broadcast pregame shows are among the incentives the Washington Redskins hope will attract fans to mass transit to reach a proposed Laurel stadium.

The buses are part of a preliminary nine-point plan the professional football team will unveil today to demonstrate how it could achieve an occupancy rate of 3.5 fans per vehicle. The team needs to reach that goal because only 20,077 parking spaces would be available.

Shuttle buses also would ferry fans from park-and-ride lots at the Greenbelt and New Carrollton Metro stations, Interstate 95 and U.S. 29, team officials said.

Martin J. Wells, president of Wells & Associates, the Redskins' traffic consultant, summarized the traffic control plan last night at a meeting of the Redskins community outreach group in Maryland City.

The Redskins hope 1,800 fans would use MARC trains.

Because the Redskins have the addresses of all their ticket holders, Mr. Wells said, the team could send them information about mass transit options.

The National Football League team also would help fans form car pools and van pools.

"If we back people up and create a miserable experience coming to this game, then we've made a huge mistake," said Walter Lynch, stadium project manager.

Mr. Wells said a residential parking permit program would prevent fans from parking in neighborhoods near the stadium.

To improve traffic flow, he said, fans would be assigned to particular parking lots depending on their point of origin. The choicest spaces would be reserved for skybox patrons, club seat holders and vehicles with at least four occupants.

About 75 percent of parking spaces would be reserved for permit holders. The rest would be available for cash on game days, but only up to one hour before kickoff time.

According to the plan, no off-site parking would be available near the stadium. Police would have to enforce laws barring businesses from renting their parking lots to fans, Mr. Wells said. Mr. Lynch said the Redskins would pay for the enforcement.

The Redskins will also release their regional traffic study today. Mr. Wells said it differs little from earlier traffic studies.

Redskins officials have spent much of this week dealing with the parking issue. On Monday, they submitted to county planners a revised site plan calling for the moving of 2,131 parking spaces from a wetlands area to the infield of the Laurel Race Course. County officials had asked the Redskins to avoid destroying part of a wetland southeast of the racetrack oval.

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