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Old 09-05-2017, 02:24 PM
 
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I should've clarified from my statement on the first page, although I don't ride metro, it's definitely an integral part of our economy especially a time when Virginia as a whole is lagging behind other states in terms of jobs and growth. Pretty much every economist is in agreement that metro is an important part to attracting more people and continuing to bring high paying jobs to the area.

The tax situation needs to be handled asap but unfortunately won't since it goes far deeper than just paying a tax as some people in this thread touched on.
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Old 09-05-2017, 06:15 PM
 
Location: Tysons Corner
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This alone doesn't make the system "suck", it just means that Metro will always have room/need for expansions to be made. Once the MTA Purple Line is done in Maryland I'm sure there will be a resounding effort to try and link the entire circle of DC suburbs into VA.
I've actually proposed similar systems connecting between Bethesda redline and Tysons Silverline. It would provide a new river crossing and provide some relief to the Rosslyn tunnel by allowing people with destinations in NW and MD to have alternative routing. I think the need for it isn't there yet, and could probably be handled via good BRT on 495 HOT lanes instead. I have to say the 495 Express Buses that came with the Silver Line start actually do a pretty good job in some circumstances, but they are limited in accessibility. It's nice that they use VRE parking lots though. And they are the fastest way to cheaply get from south county to Tysons IF you hit the bus timing right. Unfortunately, as with most things transit in the suburbs, we half-a$$ it so we end up with low frequency useful transit that comes so infrequently it becomes not useful.
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Old 09-14-2017, 12:43 PM
 
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I live in Arlington and could take the Silver line to Tysons. But even during daytime hours, it's faster to drive. (except during HOV bans on 66).

As has been pointed out, it's not very convenient once you get to the station out there to get to your location. I guess take a bus or uber (more cost).

Conversely, having a meeting in downtown, better to metro. DC has expensive paid parking, bad traffic and a station like Farragut West, Foggy bottom or mcphereson, would get me to my meetings 90% of the time.
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Old 09-14-2017, 02:59 PM
 
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I should've clarified from my statement on the first page, although I don't ride metro, it's definitely an integral part of our economy especially a time when Virginia as a whole is lagging behind other states in terms of jobs and growth. Pretty much every economist is in agreement that metro is an important part to attracting more people and continuing to bring high paying jobs to the area.

The tax situation needs to be handled asap but unfortunately won't since it goes far deeper than just paying a tax as some people in this thread touched on.
agreed!
Amazon said a metro is a must for their 2nd hq
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Old 09-14-2017, 04:28 PM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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I live in Arlington and could take the Silver line to Tysons. But even during daytime hours, it's faster to drive. (except during HOV bans on 66).

As has been pointed out, it's not very convenient once you get to the station out there to get to your location. I guess take a bus or uber (more cost).

Conversely, having a meeting in downtown, better to metro. DC has expensive paid parking, bad traffic and a station like Farragut West, Foggy bottom or mcphereson, would get me to my meetings 90% of the time.
You shouldn't be affected by HOV since you are going the opposite way.
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Old 10-19-2017, 11:55 PM
 
Location: Fairfax County, VA
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There's also quite a distance between Spring Hill and Wiehle. Had they added a station with parking near Wolf Trap in between the two stations, they would have gotten more riders from Great Falls, north Vienna and western McLean.
There were studies out saying that the station was not included because of projected low ridership.
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Old 10-20-2017, 02:28 PM
 
Location: Fairfax County, VA
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The Wolf Trap station was postponed for budgetary reasons in hopes of warding off TEA Party hyenas. Infrastructure for the eventual station was however put in place as part of Phase-1 construction, just as it had been on the Orange Line long prior to the present-day Silver Line fly-over at West Falls Church.
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