Does Loudoun County Need Metrorail?

Rail transit is not, in general, faster, more convenient, or lower in cost than transportation alternatives. In fact, it is much higher in cost than buses or driving, and it is only with heavy subsidies that end-user costs are kept competitive with alternatives. Because of this, rail transit generates little new mobility. Instead, most trips on rail transit are trips that would otherwise have taken place by car or bus. The likelihood that the Metrorail extension to Loudoun will not generate significant amounts of new travel, and that the high tolls used to finance it reduce tolled trips and increase traffic congestion, means that Phase 2 of the Metrorail extension is unlikely to generate significant amounts of economic development.

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