Great job Janet for getting at the nuts and bolts of this thing. It is a shrewd person who can sort through so much information to come to the conclusion that the unanswered questions are what make this so risky.The questions that are most relevant are these:
1. Is it the role of a county government to consider entering into such a proposition? If you get past that question next is
2. What is the cost? The answer to this is that cost is very high and uncertain. If you get past that then
3. What is the risk? According to the experts, the risk is enormous. The next question is
4. What is the benefit? It FAILS as a transportation project, FAILS as an economic stimulus, generally
FAILS to hold promise of improved quality of life, now or in the future.
Janet's explanation is a wonderful breath of fresh air. She does not attack the proposition of Metro coming, just the terms and conditions that exist largely because the federal and state governments are offering to be minor or non-participants in Phase 2.
There has been a leadership failure on the run up to bringing Metro to Loudoun. Consequently, our current Board has inherited a mess.
There are two major errors that have been left uncorrected. One is that the public has been kept in the dark as to the extent of costs and effects. Second, is the "Who pays?" As structured now, the profit will go to a few wealthy developers and the taxpayers bear the cost. This supervisor did her job.
We all owe a "Thanks" to Janet for shining bright on this not so savory matter.
Multi-modal transportation is desirable for a large and growing community; however, I believe the question we need to answer is – “How do we pay for rail without crippling our county residents and businesses with new and higher taxes?”