I don’t need to tell you how frustrating it is to spend at least an hour each way stuck in traffic going to work. Expanding Route 1 is a temporary solution, at best. And while the HOT lanes offer another option for commuting, the pricing varies wildly and can rise as high as $25 for a one-way trip. It’s unacceptable for working families to be forced with the choice of being stuck in traffic for hours or paying exorbitant fees.
We need more transportation choices, including more frequent VRE trains, and expanded bus services. Metro must also be one key part of our long term planning. The Silver Line helped remove as many as 15% of cars from the road along its route. Metro will also allow for local smart growth options around stations that include commercial, residential, and retail space around metro stops.
It will always be a major challenge to transport all of the commuters that live in Prince William and Stafford counties to Washington, DC. That’s why we need to grow our local economy and bring quality, high paying jobs closer to the communities where we live, which would significantly cut down on commuting time.