Can Someone Please Explain To Me Why Bringing The Metro Behemoth To Loudoun Is A Good Thing???
I really don’t get this obsession with bringing the disaster that is the Washington DC metro system into Loudoun County (well, unfortunately I do get it, but let’s stick with the rhetorical flourish for now). Let’s start with this damning passage from today’s damning Washington Post story:
“”[metro Board member Tom] Downs said he’s concerned the system is seeing a steady decline in rail ridership, noting that this year’s rail ridership from July to October is expected to drop 2 percent while bus ridership is expected to rise 6 percent.
“It is not a sustainable trend,” he said. “What’s driving it? I have no clue.””
HE HAS NO CLUE!!!!!!!!
Ahhh, maybe it’s the constant breakdowns of escalators, late trains, the horrible safety record, rising fares, etc., etc., etc.??? So if DC and inner suburb usage is down, just how is extending it into the exurbs going to help this situation??? It doesn’t at all, except for the ability to try to rope in more jurisdictions to pay for the shortfalls, as explained below.
The title of that article is “Metro fare increase a possibility in 2012″. Why is that needed? Because they face a deficit of $124 million! Where would Metro first like to find that money??? Why its member jurisdictions of course, before the actual riders:
“If area jurisdictions that help fund Metro do not make up the difference, Metro would have to look elsewhere for the money.”
So this system that faces continual problems and deficits that it expects its member jurisdictions to help cover wants to add Loudoun to its member jurisdictions? We the Loudoun taxpayers get to be put on this hook for 2.5 miles of rail and a couple stops???
I am more convinced than ever that this is a bad bad deal for Loudoun County (but a great deal for certain well connected developers and their consultants and political benefactors). It must be stopped.