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Connolly, Moran introduce bill to study bringing Metro to Woodbridge, Centreville

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Posted: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 4:45 pm

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:

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  • Motown65 posted at 9:55 pm on Thu, Mar 7, 2013.

    Motown65 Posts: 14

    so you want others take Public Transit so you can ride in your car ?........smh. [huh]

  • Motown65 posted at 9:53 pm on Thu, Mar 7, 2013.

    Motown65 Posts: 14

    Metro to Potomac Mills means higher taxes and hoodlums coming into the area to committ crimes.....No thank you, I'll pass....If you want Metro, move to Fairfax.

  • TuefelHunden posted at 6:55 am on Thu, Mar 7, 2013.

    TuefelHunden Posts: 281

    If it gets cars off the roads and helps to clear up congestion, I say by all means we should go in that direction. I'm not a fan of mass transit, but if others are willing to take the train, then absolutely...

  • romu posted at 3:07 am on Thu, Mar 7, 2013.

    romu Posts: 52

    Long, long overdue.

  • AreaDriver posted at 4:26 pm on Wed, Mar 6, 2013.

    AreaDriver Posts: 16

    Bringing the metro down south sounds like a good idea but where would the tracks go and how much of a mess it would be wherever it's built, if it does get approved.

  • tomb posted at 9:07 am on Wed, Mar 6, 2013.

    tomb Posts: 177

    I have lived in PWC since 1971, and I have heard mot of this arument from evry tom dick and harry. DOA no matter. Metro ain't got the dough.

  • EvelynMD posted at 9:49 pm on Tue, Mar 5, 2013.

    EvelynMD Posts: 1

    I think this is a great idea. I spent 33 years driving 95/395, carpooled and did not carpool, depending on the job, its location, and my family responsibilities. I would welcome a Woodbridge Metro.

  • Hellorio posted at 7:08 pm on Tue, Mar 5, 2013.

    Hellorio Posts: 8

    oh believe me, I'm on it constantly, but you're not going to get any further expansion on I-395 because Arlington won't permit it. Remember, Arlington refused any HOT lane expansion into the county.

  • marchar123 posted at 6:27 pm on Tue, Mar 5, 2013.

    marchar123 Posts: 26

    Before Extending Metro to Woodbridge and Centreville (4 billion):

    Extend VRE to Haymarket. (250 million)
    Increase VRE service (20 min peak, 1 hour off peak) ($30 mill per year)
    Expand Capacity along I-95 (2 Frieght, 2 Passenger (VRE/Amtrak) (1 bill)

  • bugmenot posted at 6:07 pm on Tue, Mar 5, 2013.

    bugmenot Posts: 448

    Anybody who says the problem is not I-395 doesn't drive on it in the morning...

  • Hellorio posted at 5:35 pm on Tue, Mar 5, 2013.

    Hellorio Posts: 8

    The problem is not with I-395, but it's that commuters live farther south than before. Metro does need better financial structuring but the idea of Metro to Woodbridge is a better idea than building let's say, the bi-county parkway.

  • bugmenot posted at 5:07 pm on Tue, Mar 5, 2013.

    bugmenot Posts: 448

    Metro is way too slow and too EXPENSIVE. They need to fund a study on how to increase capacity on I-395. If they can't widen it then why don't they build another deck on top of it like they do in California? It's not like an earthquake is going to knock it down.

  • Connie Moser posted at 5:04 pm on Tue, Mar 5, 2013.

    Connie Moser Posts: 18

    We've been trying to do this for so many years. I'd give anything to see it become a reality. It's worth the investment money just to know if is actually a possibility or destined to remain a pipe dream.