What's Your New Year's Outlook?
New mayor in the District, new governor in Maryland: What's your New Year's wish list for these guys? And while we're at it, let's throw some requests for the members of the Virginia General Assembly, who will be telling you between now and election day in November how much they've done to improve your travels.
I'd like them all to kick in more money for Metro transit operations, while urging the Metro board members to limit the fare increases and service reductions to whatever is truly essential. (They can do more than urge the board members in most cases.)
In Maryland, I'll be curious to see how Gov.-elect Martin O'Malley performs the necessary balancing acts between roads and transit and between regions of the state. Is the intercounty connector really a done deal? Will he find the money to advance all three of the upcoming transit projects for Baltimore and the Washington suburbs?
What will D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty do about the proposal to knock down the Whitehurst Freeway? How will he balance the interests of city residents and suburban commuters for the good of the District?
And what's your recap on 2006? Don't say it was all bleak. Both of the region's huge transportation projects showed progress: A new span opened on the Wilson Bridge and the Springfield interchange reconstruction opened new ramps and bridges that improved traffic flow and safety. The Friendship Heights bus terminal reopened. More Red Line trains are traveling to Shady Grove, rather than turning around at Grosvenor. Big sections of the Capital Beltway got repaved.
No, it wasn't enough. But what should come next?
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