Do I think BRT will be as beneficial to Four Corners residents as the Beltway is? No. The scale of BRT does not begin to approach that of the Beltway, so it can't have as big of an impact. Do I think BRT will be good for our community? Yes. BRT (if done right) is as close as we're going to get to a Metro line. When the Red Line was being proposed, it faced significant neighborhood opposition in places like Upper Northwest, DC and Bethesda. Now, Metro proximity has greatly increased home values in those areas (and everywhere else Metro goes), giving long time home owners a great return on their investment. Access to frequent transit has been proven to make communities more desirable.
I think I have taken a balanced view of the community's (and property owner's) needs, which is why I am an 'advocate' for BRT. But to show that I am willing to address other options and the concerns of residents, I will make a series of posts on smaller things we can do to improve existing transit, and I will try to answer some people's questions about BRT. I don't claim to be an expert. If you want one of those, call up M-NCPPC. I'm just a well-read neighbor who cares about the future of Four Corners.
I will make posts on the following questions and concerns:
What can be done to improve existing bus service?
Will BRT put pedestrians in danger and take away medians?
Won't BRT only benefit people who live further out 29 instead of Four Corners residents?
If you have another question or concern you would like me to get information on or talk about, add it in the comments.