C100 Comments Metro Wash Council of Goverments Commuter Rail

Monte Edwards

We can't solve our car problem unless we find a different way to get lots of people in and out of the city to work everyday. The congestion of the streets and bridges because of automobiles, trucks and buses is painfully obvious, and Metro is at or near capacity. By removing the constraints now imposed on commuter and passenger rail, we can move a lot more people into and out of the city. The major constraint is the combined freight and passenger/commuter rail operations in Southwest together with the capacity limitations of a single rail river crossing that today precludes any increase in the amount of commuter traffic. In the future, that problem will be greatly magnified, and we know additional commuter rail capacity will be needed.