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Stewart: Metro to Woodbridge is financially impossible

Sunday - 10/2/2011, 7:10am  ET

WASHINGTON - Is it too much to ask for a Metro expansion to Woodbridge? Yes, if you ask Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chariman Corey Stewart.

"Metro to Woodbridge is just not financially possible," said Stewart during Friday's Politics Program with Mark Plotkin.

Rep. Gerry Connolly wants a federal study to determine the best approach to ease congestion along I-95 and Route 1. Connolly says there is no one solution, but Metro and bus rapid transit could both help ease the solution.

Stewart says the costs for a Metro expansion to Prince William County could cost between $2 and $3 billion, plus hundreds of millions in operating expenses.

"Every couple of years, [Rep. Connolly] does this as some sort of election year ruse, and that's all it is," says Stewart. "We ought to take a look at more modern alternatives.

On top of the costs, Stewart says Metro is already too crowded, and a line out to Woodbridge would only makes things worse.

"To add another line out to Woodbridge or anywhere else for that matter, after it's done out to Dulles, is going to put too much strain of the system," says Stewart.

According to a report by the Washington Examiner, the Dulles Metro rail project is six months behind schedule.

Stewart says he backs bus rapid transit option running on existing roadways. He says such an option could be up and running in the next decade.

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