Congressmen Gerry Connolly (D-11th) and Jim Moran (D-8th) recently introduced a new bill that would authorize officials to study extending the Metrorail system to Woodbridge, southern Fairfax County and Centreville.
"The bill would authorize analysis of and project development for extending the existing Orange, Blue, and Yellow Metro lines further into Northern Virginia to serve hundreds of thousands of additional Virginians and get more cars off of the region’s congested highways," according to a news release from Connolly's office.
The bill, introduced Thursday, was referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
“Residents in Prince William and western Fairfax County already experience some of the longest commutes in the nation, and these communities will experience continued growth,” Connolly said in the news release. “We need to look at solutions that take cars off the roads and provide viable transportation alternatives for our citizens.
Whether or not we determine that Metrorail is the best solution, we must begin the conversation now.”
“Northern Virginia has the worst traffic in the nation, impacting the quality of life for the hundreds of thousands of commuters who sit in traffic hours each day,” Moran said in the release. “`Public transit is the answer to this unrelenting congestion. It’s better for commuters, our economy and the environment. Every $1 invested in public transit yields $4 in economic benefits. As the population in this region continues to grow, so must our public transportation infrastructure.”
The proposed Northern Virginia Metrorail Extension Act (H.R. 907) calls for studying three possible Metrorail projects: extending the Blue Line through Woodbridge to Potomac Mills, extending the Orange Line to Centreville and extending the Yellow Line along the U.S. 1 corridor in Prince William and Fairfax counties.
In his news release, Connolly said the extension of Metro "could increase economic growth in the region and minimize additional traffic congestion."
“We have already experienced the benefits of transit-oriented development along Metro lines in Arlington, Alexandria, Vienna, Merrifield and Tysons,” Connolly said.
You can read the full bill here: http://connolly.house.gov/uploads/CONNOLLY%20-%20HR%20907%20-%20Metro%20Ext%20-%20113th.pdf