Sunday, September 18, 2005

Republicans promise the undeliverable

If you live in Northern Virginia, you have probably seen Jerry Kilgore's (R-Debate ducker) ads promising to widen I-66 inside the beltway. That same ad also promises to give control of transportation to local authorities. According to the Washington Post the Republicans want to "ban local governments from using eminent domain to take private property and give it to developers." Granted it says developers, but don't you think the people who spent a lot of money for a house is willing to sell to the government? And we know the government is not going pay fair market value for these homes. Can you say years of litigation?

So if control is given to local authorities to resolve transportation problems and they can't use eminent domain to buy houses in order to widen I-66, how will Jerry Kilgore solve the traffic logjam on I-66?

By the time the eminent domain litigation is finished and I-66 is widened, traffic will still be bad and we will need to go through the whole process again.

Wouldn't a better solution be add a new VRE line that runs to Front Royal? Or extending the Metro to Tyson's Corner and Dulles International Airport?

After all, mass transit is getting more popular as gas prices increase.


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