Concerns Regarding Virginia Regional Transit Funding Raised
Town Council candidate Ann Robinson submitted an open letter to the Town Council regarding VRT funding should Loudoun Opt-In for Rail.
Honorable Mayor and Council Members:
In spite of last Friday evening's dramatic thunderstorm, several neighbors showed up at my door to passionately discuss bus service in Leesburg.
Slowly the word is getting around to even those who do not have Internet, that Virginia Regional Transit funding is at risk if an Opt-In for Rail decision is affirmed next week by the County Board of Supervisors. (I have not heard any hopeful indication, as yet, that a Metro Transit system which includes comprehensive bus service would be a part of the overall Metro project.)
And, I am writing to urge you:
1) to forcefully lobby the Board of Supervisors to continue its past financial support to VRT, and
2) to include in Leesburg's future budget deliberations adequate funds to both maintain and expand bus service for Leesburg residents, including evenings and weekend service.
That way the transportation needs of working families who have to minimize their car expenses, as well as the needs of the elderly who have to give up their cars (and you know we want them to at the appropriate time for safety's sake), and of the disabled -- like a young woman I know who has Downs Syndrome, but is employed as a valued worker in child care, or the deaf mother who works in a coffee shop but can't afford a car... or the home care companion to a woman in Leesburg who has no legs and lives alone... can be met -- along with the needs of commuters.
A robust, fully serviceable bus system that connects to where ever the final Metro station is finally chosen to be built will be the link to providing a transportation system that can alleviate congestion on Leesburg's roads. (If the final BOS decision is to Opt-out, then this system could be connected to the station ending in Fairfax, giving Leesburg and Loudoun a first-class transportation network at low cost.)