Roads To Nowhere
More taxes generated for more roads that someone thinks we need. Who do these roads serve? I moved to Loudoun county over 30 years ago to get away from the metrpolitan area. I also took a job that was close to where I lived. What don't you people understand about "work where you live or live where you work?
My job is driving the roads in this area the majority of my work day. It has gone from bad to worse, especially since we don't have "savvy" drivers that know how help make traffic flow. What I see is a great "gaggle" (always liked that word) of cars on Rt. 7 heading to Tyson's and beyond. Then there is Rt. 28 towards 66 and on to points beyond. Fairfax County Parkway to 95. We built these roads for easement of traffic congestion when in actuality we have been creating a new breed of people...cake eaters!
Cake eaters are the ones that want the good pay but also don't like the hussle of the city. If they lived in Sterling and worked in Arlington, it took them 45 minutes to travel depending on where they were going. Widen the roads west and build new communities in the country allows people to move out an extra 10 or 15 miles and have the same time-frame commute. Until, that is, the roads get clogged again and now the commute is longer still.
I moved here from Fairfax over 30 years ago. My house and road was new. My work is 4 miles down the road. With traffic lights and traffic, the 5 minute commute to work is almost 20. My road was finally paved for the first time last year. Did they fix the cracks and broken curb? Not at all. The paving job lasted all of 4 months before those same cracks redeveloped.
The people working in our area and beyond come from West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania (and these are daily trips) and western and southern Virginia. Why? Good jobs and good pay. And they say they can't afford to live in Loudoun county which is one point that I can agree with. But I do live in Loudoun and I do work in Loudoun and I do pay my taxes and get by. Why should I be accommodating others to go thru Loudoun so that they can be cake-eaters?
My wife works by the Pentagon. She works a 13 hour day. Her commute is an hour each direction. She comes home, eats, gets ready for bed and then goes to bed. We don't have much "quality time" on the weekdays but this is a self-inflicted wound and she accepts it. If you want to live far away and travel to your job, this is a self-inflicted wound and you need to accept it. Or you can move closer to your job. You can telecommute or convince your place of business to move out in your area. What you can't do is have your cake and eat it too! Stop whinning about sitting in traffic if you live more than 15 or 20 miles from work. It's your choice and you need to change it to suit you. I don't want more taxes from this county government to fix YOUR problem. If we can't even take decent care of our own roads, why would we ever want to build and expand existing ones? The problem propogates exponentially. Mass transit-yes! Carpooling-yes! The county can even charge fees ffor those who use the park and ride lots we build to help MAINTAIN existing roads. But if you don't like the traffic problems and you are a cake-eater, shut up!
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