On Friday Delegate Paul Nichols (D-51st) was joined by various elected officials in Woodbridge to discuss his support for expanding METRO to Prince William County. As Nichols pointed out in his speech, which you can see in the video below, expanding Metro could help to revitalize the Route 1 corridor and will make the area more attractive to businesses. Furthermore, it will help to address the transportation issues that will likely arise out of the expected growth in personnel at Quantico and Fort Belvoir.
While VRE and PRTC have proven to be beneficial, we still need more options in the area to help ease the burden on the roads and expanding METRO is one that would certainly help do so. When you consider how this would help many Federal employees get back and forth to work it's really easy to understand why there should be some assistance provided in this project at the federal level and our local Congressional delegation realizes this. Rep. Gerry Connolly, for instance, has been a long time advocate of expanding METRO and spent a significant amount of time since being elected making sure that the project receives the attention it deserves up on Capitol Hill.