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Monday, June 11, 2007

WTF Washington Post?

The editors over at the Washington Post are idiots. Dumb, stupid idiots. How else can you explain this editorial yesterday on the rail going to Tysons?

"We have supported the tunnel option. A subway would help transform Tysons from a pedestrian's nightmare into an urban space capable of supporting high-density development, smartly positioned astride a transit line. However, the priority must be to build the rail line, elevated or sunken."

So, what...continue to make Tysons "a pedestrian's nightmare". Do people realize that this subway will be with us for the next 100 years and that it would be prudent to make a system that will grow with us instead of box us in?

"Mr. Connolly, who would prefer a tunnel, nevertheless insists that disagreement among local authorities on the plans under review at the Federal Transit Administration, which call for an elevated track, could doom the project."

First of all, I doubt the first assertion. From everything that I've read, Connolly is doing everything in his power to make it an elevated track no matter what. Secondly, my parents always said "If you're going to do something worthwhile, make sure you take the time and care to DO IT RIGHT!" Building above ground rail is not right. It goes against everything that can make for sustainable living and traffic in Northern Fairfax County.

I'm sick and tired of myopic politicians (Gerry Connolly and anyone else on the board who supports this train wreck) who do not think about what this will mean for our children and grandchildren in 50 years. It's the NOVA mentality of build now and worry about the consequences later. Take for instance the "mixing bowl". We're still playing catch up from 15 years ago and our traffic situation then. By the time we get improvements built for that area of 95, it's already outdated and overwhelmed. The same is going to happen in Tysons and it's despicable.

Once you start building, you cannot stop. The WORST thing that can happen out of all of this is to delay our funding. If that means getting the rail done right, then the board should grow a backbone and do it.

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