LTE: Metro Creates Jobs, Eliminates Commutes
One reader supports Metro because of potential for jobs and heftier commercial tax base.
Letter to the Editor:
The decision about Loudoun’s participation in Metrorail will set a land-use and economic trajectory for years to come. I urge the Loudoun Board of Supervisors to say “Yes” to Metro. This infrastructure decision will provide the basis for a 21st century workplace and a 21st century community.
Dr. Stephen Fuller, Director of the Center for Regional Analysis at George Mason University, recently noted: “The catalytic forces of Metro stations in Loudoun County are going to draw in from every direction.” I submit to you that this catalytic force is necessary because Loudoun lacks the ability, absent Metro, to improve road connectivity and to reduce congestion as the Northern Virginia region continues to grow.
Loudoun should strive to create a job center that will not draw more cars but instead will offer workers the opportunity to live where they work. High density, mixed-used development along the Metro stops in Loudoun will reduce traffic congestion across the county and improve the quality of life for Loudoun residents.
Additional tax dollars from businesses located near the Metro stops will help lower the real-estate tax rate and bring more amenities to the county. Metro is a win-win, and I urge the Board of Supervisors to vote “Yes.”
[Charlie Jackson serves as the chair of the 10th District Congressional District Democratic Committee; however, this letter was submitted as a Broadlands resident, not from the committee.]