Since the Metro staff issued its proposed long-range plan, I’ve been concerned that transit advocates would get ahead of themselves — that people would start debating exactly where on M Street that new Georgetown station should go, or whether rail service should be extended first to Bowie or to Centreville.
There’s nothing about this plan that’s a done deal. Whatever we decide we want, we’ve got to pay for.
When Metro’s planning director, Shyam Kannan, brought the Momentum ideas to the Action Committee for Transit’s meeting in Silver Spring on Tuesday, he stressed the benefits of creating a next-generation Metro, but he didn’t shy away from the sobering realities of financing these improvements.
Now, when you’re talking transit with the Action Committee for Transit, you’re talking to the fan club. These advocates aren’t going to ask why we should buy all this transit stuff when what we really need is an outer beltway.