There's a lot I want to say about this topic, and there's no way it will all fit into one blog post. So this post will be the first of many about BRT. Through my extensive research and careful reading of the Countywide Bus Rapid Transit Study, I have come to the opinion that BRT will be a good thing for Four Corners if it is implemented appropriately. What do I mean by appropriately? I will explain that over the next several posts on this topic. So before jumping to conclusions and ranting about how bad this will be for our community, please hear me out.
|The BRT network as proposed by M-NCPPC|
No one likes traffic. Four Corners has a lot of it, and its not going anywhere anytime soon. With new development planned for White Oak and other surrounding areas, some other form of moving people is going to be necessary. The roads are already over-capacity at peak hours, so more cars would just be a disaster. There's no room to build more roads or significantly widen the existing ones without destroying homes and businesses. A Metro line would be nice, but that would be prohibitively expensive, and the money is simply not there. BRT is the only viable solution from a cost standpoint. What is the cost of building it? For an optimal countywide BRT system, it is between $2.3 and $2.5 billion dollars. What is the cost of not building it? More wasted time and energy, more emissions, and more Four Corners kids with asthma. I can't put a price tag on that.
This is a very controversial issue. Please be respectful of other peoples opinions and viewpoints. If you disagree with someone, state why you do so in the comments section in civil terms. I will publish my next BRT related post in a couple days.