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Posted at 9:30 AM ET, 04/19/2010

Off Metrobus, back
into Mom's car?

By editors

By Jenifer Joy Madden

Those who depend on bus routes that are slated for elimination to close the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s $189.million budget gap face a desperate situation [“Metro customers turn out at public hearing,” Metro, March 25]. So it is with great respect for their plight that I point out how cuts affect less dependent riders, too.

On the Local Opinions page last fall, I recounted how my friend and I had our teenagers ride Metrobus from their high school in Fairfax to our homes near Tysons Corner [“Out of Mom’s Car, Onto the Metrobus,” Oct. 11]. We saved time and money, kept our cars out of traffic and added to our kids’ independence. Since then, other families have opted to do the same. But now WMATA wants to eliminate our bus route (the 15M), as well as two others serving Tysons (the 3T and 24T). Not only does this slam the door on some suburbanites taking their first steps away from car dependency, it dims the hope that Tysons Corner will develop into a livable, less congested place.

The writer is the Hunter Mill District representative on the Fairfax County Transportation Advisory Commission.

By editors  | April 19, 2010; 9:30 AM ET
Categories:  HotTopic, Metro, transportation  | Tags:  Jenifer Joy Madden, Metro cuts, WMATA cuts, Washington Metro  
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